Neal Kinley possessed a keen interest in music and performance
throughout her life. As a young woman growing up in Ohio, she studied
music, and at the University of Illinois she helped to found the Alpha
Chi Omega sorority in 1899 and served as an honorary member of the
Champaign Art Club.
Upon her death in 1931, David Kinley created the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship to promote advanced study in the fine arts. This fellowship not only reflected President Kinley’s earlier appointment as dean of the College of Literature and Arts but, more importantly, acknowledged Kate Neal Kinley’s persistent dedication to the arts on the University of Illinois campus. The first award was made in 1932.
Its continuance today is due to Kinley’s original gift and to the dedication of family members. The Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship is also partially funded by the John Robert Gregg Fund at Community Funds, Inc., and The New York Community Trust.
The fellowships are to be used by the recipients toward defraying the expenses of advanced study in the United States or abroad. The fellowships are open to graduates of the College of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and to graduates of similar institutions of equal educational standing whose principal or major studies have been in the fields of art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, and urban and regional planning.
there is no age limitation for applicants, other factors being equal,
preference will be given to applicants who have not reached their
Fellowships will be awarded upon the basis of unusual promise in the fine arts as attested by:
While receiving a stipend from the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, recipients are precluded from holding appointments as instructors, lecturers, or faculty members but may hold other remunerative employment with advance approval of the fellowship committee.
Three major fellowships are awarded:
Up to three additional fellowships of lesser amounts may also be granted upon committee recommendations.
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