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About the Fund

Professor Robert Pahre served as Director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois until July, 2010. The European Union Center has established the Robert Pahre Student Scholarship Fund through the University Foundation to honor his commitment to students studying the European Union. We ask you to join with us to recognize his accomplishments.

Honoring Professor Robert Pahre

Professor Pahre joined the University of Illinois in August 1999 as a faculty member in the department of Political Science. From 2002-2006 he served as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the European Union Center and in 2006 he became the Director of Center. Under his leadership, the European Union Center has received grants from the European Commission, FIPSE (Funds for Improvement of Postsecondary Education), and the United States Department of Education Title VI. His crowning achievement has been the creation of a Master’s degree in European Union Studies which we believe it is the only interdisciplinary Master’s degree in European Union Studies outside of Europe.

Working with Professor Bruce Murray, Professor Pahre created the Vienna Diplomatic Practicum for undergraduates interested in international organizations and diplomacy. While spending a semester at our partner university in Vienna, Austria, each student writes a capstone research paper that must make use of primary sources or interviews.

In 2007 Professor Pahre was the winner of the Clarence A. Berdahl Undergraduate Teaching Award, awarded through the department of Political Science. In addition, he shared the department’s graduate student mentoring award in 2010. Both honors were awarded by the students themselves.

In 2011 Professor Pahre was awarded the Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He has also won the Faculty Mentor Award fo Excellence in Graduate Education twice, in 2010 and 2014.

Making a Gift

We invite you to help celebrate Professor Pahre’s commitment to the teaching mission of the European Union Center with a contribution to his scholarship fund. The fund will support student research projects and conference travel for graduate students as well as undergraduate research projects.

You can make a gift using your credit card or if you prefer, you can also make a gift with a check. Please make your check payable to:


University of Illinois Foundation

Robert Pahre Scholarship Fund

1305 W. Green Street, MC-386

Urbana, Il 61801

*Please note “Robert Pahre Scholarship Fund (340619)” in the memo line of your check.


We thank you in advance for considering making a donation in honor of Professor Robert Pahre.

Donating to the Robert Pahre Student Scholarship Fund

  • The European Union Center greatly appreciates your gift. The Robert Pahre Student Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance for student research and conference travel expenses in honor of our outgoing Director Bob Pahre.

  • To make a gift, click on the "Continue" button below. You will be directed to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure online giving site for your personal and credit card information. To clear all inputs and selections click "Start over."