Student-athletes at the University of Illinois are among the best and brightest in the Big Ten and the nation. Not only do they strive for honor and championships in athletic competition, they also achieve success in the classroom. Over one-half of student-athletes carry a B average or better, and they graduate at almost the same rate (72%) as the general student population. In addition, 24 student-athletes representing 9 different sports earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Our student-athletes understand and appreciate the financial contributions of the members of the I FUND. They know that without the generous support of more than 7,000 individuals and businesses involved in the program, many of them would not have the opportunity to attend and earn a degree from the University of Illinois.
While on campus, they learn of Illinois loyalty and its lifetime impact. The enthusiasm, pride, and traditions student-athletes experience while in Champaign-Urbana result in many former athlete(s)/letterwinner(s) becoming members of the I FUND after graduation (approximately 20% of the membership is made up of former Fighting Illini athletes and letterwinners).