The Edward Beecher Scholarship offers awards for students entering in 2017-2018 of $13,000 - $21,000 per year for up to four years, or eight semesters.
Educated at Yale and Andover Seminary, Dr. Beecher became the pastor of Park Street Church in Boston in 1826, and in 1830 became the first president of Illinois College. The fledgling college grew under his leadership for fourteen years. Consistent with the work of his siblings, famous writer Harriett Beecher Stowe and popular American preacher Henry Ward Beecher, Edward was a devoted abolitionist who organized the first anti-slavery society in Illinois. Beecher Hall, the oldest college building in the state, bears the family name and remains in use on campus today.