Scott K. Maltby was a second-year graduate student in our program who passed away unexpectedly of natural causes in February, 2015. Scott was a native of Homestead, Florida, and came to us from the University of Florida, where he graduated magna cum laude with a major in Russian and a minor in East-Central European Studies. He was a delight in class for his teachers and fellow graduate students alike: lively, engaged, hard-working, insightful and funny. He began his studies at Illinois in fall 2013 with a deep interest in Tolstoy, and proceeded to work up a new and intriguing research topic on beards in Russian culture. A fixture at the International and Area Studies Library, he loved cooking and was by all accounts a wonderful friend to those who knew him. He is sorely missed by us all. Scott is survived by his mother, Diane Maltby; his father, Wesley Maltby; his older brother, Kyle Maltby; and his younger sister, Aimee Maltby. Scott is deeply missed by his graduate student colleagues and teachers, and his family still mourns his loss.

Scott's family has established the endowed Scott K. Maltby Memorial Fund.


The Scott K. Maltby Memorial Fund will provide support for graduate students in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where Scott was a student. This fund will provide opportunities for graduate students including, but not limited to, support of graduate student travel for research, language study, or conference presentation; or an award for excellence in scholarship (term paper, publication, or conference presentation) by a graduate student.


Once the fund reaches $25,000, it will become endowed, meaning the Scott K. Maltby Memorial Fund will provide support in perpetuity.  Award programs and awardees will be announced every year, securing the legacy of Scott Maltby at the University of Illinois.


We are very grateful to the family of Scott Maltby for this generous response to their loss. 


There are three options for those who wish to make gifts to this fund: 


I. You may send a check, made payable to UIF/Scott K. Maltby Fund, to:

University of Illinois Foundation

P.O. Box 3429

Champaign, IL 61826-3429


II. You may make a gift online by going to

Scroll down on this page and you'll find an option to make a gift to "Other Program Funds."  Insert "Scott K. Maltby Fund" there.


III. Gifts can be made by credit card by calling the UI Foundation at 877-265-4910.