Jun 20, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Student Financial Aid Office


The Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO) is responsible for administering and coordinating aid funds from federal, state, private, and university sources. The primary goal of the SFAO is to provide financial assistance to applicants who, without such aid, would be unable to attend NIU.

A variety of financial aid is available to qualified students attending NIU. Questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to this office or online at finaid@niu.edu.

The SFAO customer service windows are open from 8:00 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For contact information call 815-753-1395 or visit http://www.niu.edu/fa/contact.shtml.

Eligibility Requirements and General Application Procedures

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An eligible applicant must

be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
be enrolled at least half time (6 or more semester hours at NIU) and admitted to a degree-seeking program. (Some programs are available to students carrying fewer than 6 semester hours.)
not be in default on a Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, or Federal Supplemental Loan for Students.
not owe a repayment to a grant program.
be making satisfactory academic progress per federal financial aid regulations.
be aware that financial aid will not cover audit classes.
agree to use any student financial aid received solely for educational expenses.
begin attendance in all courses for which aid is received.

To apply for any type of financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing NIU’s school code, 001737. You may choose any of these three methods to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

Apply online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov (Recommended) or
Complete a PDF FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/options.htm (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing) or
Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

Applicants for financial aid from NIU are considered for all programs for which they are eligible. Several types of aid may be combined or “packaged” based on the student’s computed financial need. Need is determined by subtracting the FAFSA calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the student’s total cost of attendance/financial aid budget. The parents’ contribution is calculated on the basis of their income and assets as well as a consideration of family size, number of family members currently in college, retirement allowances, tax paid, and other allowable factors. The student is also expected to make a calculated contribution toward college expenses from income, savings, and other assets. A federal need analysis, called Federal Methodology, approved by the U.S. Congress, is used to evaluate a family’s financial circumstances. A student who meets the federal independent student definition is evaluated on the basis of his or her (and spouse’s, if applicable) financial circumstances.

Students must reapply for financial aid each academic year using the FAFSA.

Depending on the availability of funds, some types of federal, state, and institutional aid may be available for students attending NIU’s summer session. Only students who have submitted the FAFSA for the prior academic year are eligible for evaluation for financial aid for the summer session. Eligibility for summer session aid is determined once the student is enrolled in summer session courses.

Students who receive financial assistance and withdraw from the university, or cease to participate in a semester without formally withdrawing from the university, may be required to repay a portion of their award(s). The exact amount to be repaid to financial aid accounts will be determined by the amount of aid received, the educational costs incurred, and the length of time attended during the semester. Students who do not begin attendance in all registered courses may have financial aid reduced. See the SFAO website for more infomation on the return of Title IV aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Undergraduates/Postbaccalaureates

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In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress, Northern Illinois University has established a satisfactory academic progress policy for undergraduates and postbaccalaureates. Detailed information about satisfactory academic progress standards and procedures is available at www.niu.edu/fa/policies.

Federal and state financial aid programs covered by this policy are the following:  Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study (FWS), Federal Direct Loan Program (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), NIU grants, and other sources such as the Illinois State Monetary Award Program (MAP), the Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and certain private loans.

Students will be considered to be making satisfactory academic progress if they meet all of the following requirements. Failure to comply with any one will result in a loss of financial aid eligibility.

Rate of Completion Requirement (Pace)

A student must successfully complete at least 67% of all credit hours attempted. NIU withdrawals, incompletes, and courses repeated will be counted in the calculation of hours attempted. Audits are not included in the total number of semester hours attempted. Earned A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and S grades are considered completed semester hours of credit. NIU withdrawals, incompletes, audits, and grades of F and U are not considered completed semester hours of credit.

Grade Point Average Requirement

A student who has attended NIU for three or fewer semesters and has less than 45 credit hours must have at least a 1.60 cumulative GPA. All other undergraduates must have at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.

If a student repeats a course, only the grade of the latest retake of the course will be used in the GPA calculation for satisfactory academic progress.

The first semester a student does not meet the pace or GPA requirement they are placed on SAP Warning. During the warning semester the student continues to be eligible for financial aid. If the deficiency is not resolved after the warning semester the student is ineligible for financial aid their next term of enrollment. Such students may formally appeal their ineligibility for financial aid by following the guidelines under the “Appeal Procedures” section of this policy.

Maximum Time Frame Requirement

An undergraduate student may receive financial aid until she or he has attempted 150% of hours required for degree inclusive of credit from NIU and/or transfer schools. For most undergraduate programs the 150% maximum time frame is 180 attempted credit hours.This policy will consider all terms of enrollment whether or not financial aid was received. NIU withdrawals, incompletes, and courses repeated will be counted in the calculation of hours attempted. Audits are not included in the total number of semester hours attempted. Earned A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and S grades are considered completed semester hours of credit. NIU withdrawals, incompletes, audits, and grades of F and U are not considered completed semester hours of credit. Students who fall into this category are immediately ineligible for financial aid. Such students may formally appeal their ineligibility for financial aid by following the guidelines under the “Appeal Procedures” section of this policy.

Undergraduate Change of Major
In the appeal process, up to one change of an undergraduate major will be considered if the change in major resulted in the student exceeding maximum time frame. Two or more changes of an undergraduate major may be appealed with extenuating circumstances and in consultation with the advising dean. Transfer from another institution is considered a change of major. Pursuit of a second bachelor’s degree will also be considered. Three or more bachelor’s degrees may be appealed with extenuating circumstances and in consultation with the advising dean.


The standards of satisfactory academic progress, cumulative GPA, pace and maximum time frame are reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who are not meeting either the GPA or pace standards at the end of any semester will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. A student on Financial Aid Warning may receive financial aid for the next semester they attend. The status of Warning is effective for one term of enrollment. If the student does not meet the minimum SAP standards by the end of the Financial Aid Warning semester, he or she will become ineligible for all federal and state financial aid, including grants, student loans, parent (PLUS) loans, and work-study in subsequent semesters until he or she again meets the SAP standards or has a financial aid SAP appeal approved. A student who exceeds the maximum timeframe standard will be ineligible for financial aid for the immediately following semester.

Detailed information regarding the appeal process will be sent to all students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress. If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on an academic plan. Continued eligibility for financial aid is contingent on meeting all conditions of the academic plan or achieving all standards of satisfactory academic progress.

A student who attends without receiving financial aid can regain financial aid eligibility by achieving a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher and a pace of 67% or higher.

Appeal Procedures

Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Student Financial Aid Office based on unanticipated extenuating circumstances. The Student Financial Aid Office considers federal regulations and guidance, the student’s written appeal, and other documentation when making a final determination.

The following reasons are examples of extenuating circumstances:

  • injury or serious illness
  • death of relative

In general, the following will not be considered as extenuating circumstances:

  • poor academic performance
  • general adjustment to college life and/or academics
  • more than two changes in academic major
  • working beyond a second undergraduate degree

The appeal must explain why the student failed to make satisfactory progress and what has changed that will allow progress for future semesters. The appeal decisions of the Student Financial Aid Office are final and cannot be overturned by the U.S. Department of Education. All extenuating circumstances must be documented.

The official Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and Procedures published on the SFAO website are the university’s official policy and may have information more recent than the catalog print date.

Federal/State Assistance

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Federal Pell Grant. This grant helps undergraduates pay for their education after high school. Eligibility is determined from information reported on the FAFSA.

Federal Perkins Loan. This is a low-interest loan for undergraduates attending full time. The amount a student may receive depends on financial need, amount of other aid received, and the availability of funds at NIU. This program is being phased out by the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Direct Loan. This is a student loan available to eligible undergraduate students attending school at least half time. Students ineligible for (or ineligible for the full amount of) Subsidized Federal Direct Loan and independent undergraduates generally have an option to borrow an Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan. Subsidized Federal Direct Loans are based on financial need, and the federal government pays the interest while the student is enrolled at least half time in a degree seeking program. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans are not based on financial need, and the student is responsible for the interest from the date the funds are disbursed.

Federal Direct PLUS for parents. The link for the online PLUS application is available on the SFAO website.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. This grant is for undergraduates attending full time. The amount awarded to recipients depends on financial need, the amount of other aid received, and the availability of funds at NIU. Students must have a zero EFC and be a Pell recipient.

Veterans Assistance. The Military Student Services provides a liaison between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and student veterans and the dependents of disabled and deceased veterans regarding their educational benefits. The office assists veterans, their widows or widowers, and their minor dependents in the processing of their applications and certification of their enrollment. Assistance is also provided when difficulties arise concerning receipt of the benefits for which students are eligible. Applications are also available for the Illinois Veteran Grant, the Illinois National Guard Grant, and the Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship.

Incoming veterans are advised to contact the Military Student Services at least 45 days prior to the start of the semester to complete paperwork to receive their benefits. Veterans receiving benefits must complete an NIU Enrollment Certification Request Form each semester after fully enrolling in classes and notify the Veterans Assistance Office of all changes in enrollment. The NIU Enrollment Certification Form can be found on-line at http://www.niu.edu/militaryservices. Inquiries concerning educational benefits for veterans and their dependents may be directed to the Military Student Services, Northern Illinois University, Adams Hall, Room 409, DeKalb, Illinois 60115, 815-753-0691 or online at http://www.niu.edu/militaryservices. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Illinois Department of Human Services, Department of Rehabilitation Services. This office provides rehabilitation services to individuals with a significant disability to enable them to engage in an occupation leading to competitive employment. These services may include financial assistance for all or part of the tuition and fees and/or the student’s maintenance costs while they are in attendance at an accredited postsecondary institution. For detailed information and application assistance, write to the Illinois Department of Human Services, Department of Rehabilitation Services, 100 S. Grand Avenue E, Springfield, IL 62762, or visit their website at www.dhs.state.il.us.

Illinois National Guard Grant. Any person who is actively serving in the Army or Air National Guard, or Illinois Naval Militia may qualify for financial assistance benefits. Students should contact their military unit and the SFAO for further information.

Illinois State Monetary Award Program. This program is available from the state of Illinois for Illinois residents who are undergraduates. Eligibility is determined based on information reported on the FAFSA. The award is restricted to tuition and mandatory fees.

Illinois Veteran Grant. A veteran who was a resident of Illinois both before and after one year or more of active duty, and received other than a dishonorable discharge may qualify for the Illinois Veteran Grant.

State Special Education Scholarships. These scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students seeking initial educator licensure in any area of special education. The scholarship is valid for not more than four years of attendance within a six-year period and carries an obligation to teach in Illinois two of five years following graduation. For more information, interested persons should contact ISAC at www.isac.org.

Also see “Scholarships and Academic Awards” on the following pages.

Private/External Scholarships

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Private scholarships are awards provided by donors outside the university such as civic, fraternal, professional, education, and religious groups/organizations, private foundations, corporations, and employers of parents. The Student Financial Aid Office, high school guidance counselors, library reference books, and the Internet are good reference sources for assistance in locating private scholarships. Questions regarding the processing of private/external scholarship funds should be referred to the Student Financial Aid Office. The Student Financial Aid Office administers the disbursement to students of scholarship funds provided by private/external donors.

Also see “Scholarships and Academic Awards” to learn about NIU awarded scholarships.

Student Employment

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A variety of part-time employment opportunities are available to NIU students under the regular student employment and Federal Work-Study programs. Jobs are available through many university departments and include positions in Housing and Dining, the University Libraries, Campus Recreation, and the Holmes Student Center. For job openings, students should visit www.hr.niu.edu.

Federal law mandates that any person employed by Northern Illinois University after November 6, 1986, must complete Form I-9 to verify identity and employment authorization. Student employees must be prepared to present original documentation prior to the start of their employment. For more information, contact the Student Employment Office (815-753-1394).

Tuition Waivers for Senior Citizens

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Anyone 65 years of age or older with an annual income under $22,980 if single, or $31,020 if married, is eligible to take credit courses, tuition free. The student must pay for all general university fees and any course-related fees. Tuition-paying students enrolled must constitute the minimum number of required students for the particular class, except for credit courses specifically designed for senior citizens. Those interested should contact the Student Financial Aid Office at 815-753-1395 or visit our website at www.niu.edu/fa/forms/index.shtml.

Scholarships and Academic Awards

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College of Business

Undergraduate Studies in Business

Ruth G. Hart Memorial Scholarship
Herb Eldean Endowed Fund
CNA/Azel Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund
David & Linda Nelson Endowed Business Scholarship
NIU Executive Club & YPN Scholarship
Randall N. Beck Memorial Scholarship
David & Diane Graf College of Business Rockford Endowed Scholarship
Donald R. Larson Endowed Scholarship
College of Business Scholarship
Nick and Kim Calamos Student Scholarship
Gaylen and Joanne Matthew Larson Scholarship
Dan Parmenter Memorial Scholarship Fund
Robert & Nikki Eickhoff Scholarship
Crane Composites COB Scholarship
Anthony E. & Christine Speiser Scholarship - Lane Tech HS
Breitzke Endowed Scholarship
Crocker Endowment for Business Leadership Scholarship
Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship in Business
Rita C Patti Student Endowed Scholarship
Patrick & Aimee Burke Expendable Scholarship
John Chiricotti Endowed Scholarship
Roxane Hoey Memorial Scholarship
Scott Mitchell Vision Award - Expendable
Mercedes de Martinez Memorial Scholarship - Expendable
Jeff Spencer Business Leadership Award - Expendable

Department of Accountancy **

Accountancy Alumni
Accountancy Faculty Undergraduate Scholarship
Accountancy Faculty Graduate Scholarship
Accountancy Teaching Assistant Performance Award
ALAC Service Award
ALPFA Service Award
Arthur J. Krupp Scholarship
ASCEND Outstanding Service Award
BAP Service Award
Ben Peters Memorial
Beta Alpha Psi
Brian Deets Memorial
Brilliant Financial Search
Caterpillar, Inc.
CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
CohnReznick, LLP
CPA for the People
Crowe Horwath LLP
Danielle Marie Pisterzi Memorial
David & Fran Homan
David & Karen Sinason Outstanding Intern Award
Dean and Brenda DuCray
DeKalb Genetics Foundation
Deloitte, LLO
Department of Accountancy Transfer Student
Donald & Donna Kieso Scholarship
Dorice Pepin
D. Zorea Scholarship
Edilberto C. and Carmelita M. Ortiz
Edward A. and Debra S. Rosenow Endowed
Ernst & Young LLP Scholarship
Federation of Schools Accountancy Award
Financial Executive International (Chicago Chapter)
Gary and Mary Burge
Gaylen and Joanne Larson
Grant Thornton LLP Scholarship
Greg Hassler/NIU CPA Review
Harry Wright Endowed Scholarship
Illinois CPA Society
Institute of Management Accountants (National)
Internal Auditing Education Partnership Leadership Conference
International Business Seminars
Jim and Kathy Hendricks Endowed Scholarship
Joe and Lynn Hoff
John and Jackie Simon
John C. Graham
John Deere Foundation
John Shigley and Winifred Shigley
Kevin and Mary Whiteford
KPMG LLP Scholarship
Lawrence and Merrily Nilles
Matthew and Amy Sapp
McGladrey, LLP
Michael and Patricia Strachan Scholarship
Michael S. Deutch
Miller Cooper & Co. Ltd. Scholarship
Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC
National Association of Black Accountants Outstanding Service Award
Patrick R. Delaney Memorial
Paul & Karen Keglevic
Plante Moran PPLC Scholarship
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Scholarship
Raymond & Nancy Powers
Russ and Dawn Smyth
Ryan Hayman/HSBC
Ryan LLC
Sally Webber Memorial
Sikich LLP Scholarship
SpearMC Consulting Scholarship
Steve and Betsy Young
Student Accountancy Society Outstanding Service Award
SunCoke Energy
Tax Executives Institute (Chicago Chapter)
The Overture Group
Warady and Davis, LLP
William and Dian Taylor Endowed Scholarship
Wipfli, LLP

Department of Finance

Clifford Danielson Scholarship
William Wilbur Endowed Scholarship
Dennis Dean Endowed Scholarship
James & Karen Hayman Endowed Scholarship
Savant Capital Management Inc. Scholarship
Martin Oosterbaan Scholarship
Board of Executive Advisors Scholarship
Thomas Mann Endowed Scholarship
John Tierney Endowed Scholarship
Rich Richter Scholarship

Department of Management

Deb Brucker Scholarship
Gladys M. Bahr Memorial Fund
Kevin Casebolt Scholarship
Management Alumni Scholarship
Management Department Achievement Award
Mike O’Connor Scholarship
Peter and Luann Walton Scholarship
Target Award for Leadership Excellence

Department of Marketing

Dr. A. H. Kizilbash Memorial Award
Dr. John S. Wagle III Memorial Marketing Honor Society Award
Forest Financial Group, Inc. Sales Award
Giving is Good Scholarship
Glaser Direct Business-to-Business Interactive Marketing Award
Interpro Translation Solutions Global Marketing Scholarship
John and Doris Ludes Scholar-Mentor Program in Marketing
Johnson & Quin Interactive Marketing Award
Marketing Achievement Award
Marketing Scholar Award
Marshall Cordell Entrepreneurial Scholarship
Outstanding Future Alumni Award
Outstanding Seller Award
Target American Marketing Association Award
Thomas Gialamas Outstanding Marketing Student Award
Wesley J. Welch Memorial Award
William and Eileen Breitzke Endowed Scholarship in Marketing

Department of Operations Management and Information Systems

Academic Achievement Award
Allstate Scholarships
Caterpillar Scholarship
Information Integrity Coalition Scholarship
Jeffrey Burton Lollar Memorial Scholarship
Matthew L. Johnson Scholarships
Marian Elizabeth Millington Scholarship
OM&IS Alumni Scholarship
OM&IS EAC Scholarship
OM&IS Faculty Scholarship
Target SAP Scholarship
True Value Scholarship
William and Eileen Brietzke Scholarship

College of Education

John H. Johansen Scholarship in Education
Jessie Griffith Memorial Scholarship
Rista Simich Memorial Education Fund
Orville Jones Memorial International Scholarship
Thomas R. and Shirley Klein Scott Scholarship Fund
Eunice B. Schwemm Scholarship Fund
Julia Calliss Morris Scholarship
Teacher Education Scholarship
Dr. Ernest E. Hanson Memorial Scholarship
Circle of Gold - Classes of 1949, 1950, 1951 Scholarship
Norman S. and Marion D. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship in Education
Martin H. & Verna Conklin Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund in Education
Horvath Family Fund
Nancy M. Vedral Scholarship
Tim Gullikson Education Expendable Scholarship
Tim Gullikson Education Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth Klaus Hatch & Donald Hatch Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Nancy E. Henn Memorial Scholarship
Samuel & Adelaide Rockwood Scholarship
Grace Y Rose Scholarship in Education
A Herby and Helene Tink Scholarship
EXCEL (Extending College of Education Learning) Scholarship
Susan J. and Harold A. Brand Scholarship for the College of Education
Henn-Moody-Simich Endowed Scholarship
Charlotte H. Schwartz Student Teacher Support Scholarship

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Miriam Anderson Scholarship
Lela Trager Scholarship
Elizabeth A. Patterson Scholarship
Margaret May Duncan Scholarship
Physical Education Scholarship
Lou Jean Moyer Scholarship
Al Kranz Student Athletic Trainer Scholarship
Judith A. Bischoff Scholarship
Dr. M. Joan Popp Endowed Scholarship
Stroup-Dunn Endowed Scholarship
The Nancy M. Vedral Scholarship
Linda Kay Barnes Scholarship Fund

Department of Literacy and Elementary Education

Ada Grimwood Barnard Memorial Fund
Penelope (Penny Fike) Cameron College of Education Scholarship Fund
Maureen McLaughlin Deveraux Scholarship Fund
Dorothy A. (neé Studnicka) and Glenn E. Erickson Scholarship Fund
Julianna Gehant Memorial Scholarship
Raymond M. Haas and Harriet Cords Harrington Haas Scholarship Fund
Earl and Margaret Hoffmann Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education
Laurence A. Mack Memorial Scholarship Fund
Tatum Literacy Scholarship
James & Moke Chee Wolter Scholarship
Bettylou Holmes Burton Scholarship in Education Application

Department of Special and Early Education 

Lawrence B. Hapeman Scholarship
Iris Adam Memorial Endowment Fund
Marion Elliott Scholarship Award
James and Karen Hayman Endowed Scholarship in Education
Sandra Bailey Memorial

College of Education Office of Student Services

Mary F. English Technology Award

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Anthony L. Manne Scholarship in Engineering Technology
Arthur D. and Florence S. Graffam Engineering Technology Scholarship Fund
Automation Direct Technology Scholarship
Caterpillar Excellence Scholarship
Caterpillar and Friends Scholarship Award
Crane Composites Expendable Scholarship In Engineering and Engineering Technology
Dean’s Diversity Scholarship for Freshmen and Transfers
Dennis Cesarotti Scholarship in Safety and Industrial Hygiene
“Doc” and Betty Newell Scholarship
Doc Earl Hansen Scholarship in Environmental Health & Safety
Engineering and Technology Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship
James C. Warner Memorial Scholarship
Joseph Bittorf Memorial Scholarship Fund in Industrial and Systems Engineering
Joseph and Rosemary Bittorf Industrial and Systems Engineering Scholarship
Leadership Tuition Program
Lin Engineering Technology Scholarship
Max Zar Scholarship in Engineering
Navistar Innovation in Engineering Scholarship
Navistar Scholars Fund in Engineering & Engineering Technology Scholarship
NECA-Northeastern Illinois Chapter Scholarship in Memory of Peter Cattaneo, Sr.
Road Builder Charities Scholarship
Romualdas and Nijole Kasuba Scholarship

Department of Electrical Engineering

OMRON Foundation Electronic Engineering Scholarship

Department of Technology

Anthony L. Manne Endowed Scholarship in Engineering Technology
AutomationDirect Scholarship
Dr. Dennis Cesarotti Memorial Scholarship
Lin Engineering Scholarship

College of Health and Human Sciences

Izzo-Inge Family Award for Students with Disabilities
Rosebud Foundation Scholarship

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

Cletus G. Fisher Award
Joan Good Erickson Undergraduate Clinical Interest Award

School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences

Celine Neptune Scholarship
Deloris Gregory Pourchot Endowed Scholarship
Early Chidhood Studies Student Teaching Scholarship
Elise A. Brett Scholarship
Georgiana W. Sie Memorial Fund
Helen G. Westlake Memorial Scholarship
Helen Gum Westlake and Donald G. Westlake Scholarship for Family Life Studies
J.W. and Alice Marriott Foundation Scholarship
Kappa Omicron Nu Scholarship
Sondra King Memorial Scholarship

Department of Military Science

Ruth Ashelford Pollock Scholarship
Illinois State Army ROTC Tuition Waiver
NIU Army ROTC Housing Waiver
Army 2yr/3yr/4yr Federal ROTC Scholarship
Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship
Guaranteed US Army Reserve Scholarship
Guaranteed Illinois Army National Guard Scholarship
Children of Disabled and Deceased Veterans of the US Military Scholarship

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Annette Lefkowitz Fund for Nursing Research
Dr. Irving & Roseanne Krcek Frank Scholarship in Nursing
Marian Frerichs Nursing Scholarship Fund
Jane Richards Scholarship Fund
Harold W. Finney and Janet P. Finney Medical Memorial Scholarship Fund
Gisela Wenner Nursing Scholarship
Ruth Hall Nursing Endowed Scholarship
Leslie A. Holmes Scholarship
Sarah Fuller Memorial Scholarship
Leslie A. Holmes Memorial Fund - Endowed
Phyllis L. Ross Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Margaret Christiano Endowed Scholarship
Roseanne Krcek-Frank Award Fund
Barbara Read Walpole Scholarship
Shirley A. Benson Scholarship
Joe and Karen Grush Endowed Scholarship

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Frederick L. Kitterle Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dr. Frederick L. Kitterle Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
Jerrold H. Zar Scholarship in Science Education

Department of Biological Sciences

Alumni Scholarship
Sonya Conway Memorial Scholarship
Harvey A. Feyerherm Award
Dr. August M. Gorenz Scholarship
Dennis Larsen Memorial Scholarship in Biology
David R. Layman Scholarship Fund
Norbert and Esther Mangold Scholarship
Charles E. Montgomery Award
David and Karen Nargis Scholarship
Jerrold H. Zar Scholarship Award
Charles Rohde Scholarship
Patricia Vary Scholarship in Biological Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

American Chemical Society (ACS) Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS) Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS) Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry
American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Award
Chemistry Alumni Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship
Dean’s Award
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergraduate Scholarship Fund
Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
John D. Graham Endowed Scholarship
Kevin Cull Memorial Endowed Teaching Award
NIU Chemistry Club Edwards–Hyland Award
NIU Chemistry Club Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
Outstanding Junior Award
Outstanding Senior Award
Outstanding Sophomore Award
Rock River ACS Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
Rosalie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry
Van Acker-Duminy-Kovarik Scholarship Fund

Department of Communication

Donald R. Grubb Scholarship Fund (NINA)
John Clogston Memorial Scholarship
Scripps League Scholarship
Public Relations Student Society (PRSSA) of America Award Fund
Illinois Journalist of the Year Student Scholarship
Irvan J. Kummerfeldt Scholarship for Print or Broadcast News
Ann Nelson Nahas Scholarship
NIU Media Award
Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Scholarship for Print & Photojournalism
Hallie Hamilton Scholarship for Photojournalism
Granville and Eleanor Price Scholarship Fund for Print News
Van Sells Endowment in Communication
Forensics Tuition Scholarship
Margaret Louise Wood Rhetoric Scholarship
Kenneth Smith Memorial Award

Department of Computer Science

Evelyn Nelson Scholarship
Elizabeth J. Schwantes Undergraduate Scholars Fund

Department of Economics

John and Lili La Tourette Scholarship in Economics
Skeels Scholarship in Economics

Department of English

Jeannie A. Hainds English Endowment
Lynne Waldeland Scholarship in English
Rosalie Hewitt Scholarship Fund in English
Charles W. Hagelman Jr. Scholarship Fund
David and Linda Nelson Endowed English Scholarship
Richard H. Howland Scholarship Fund
Russell & Jeanne Durning Family Fund-Endowed
S. Orville and Adra Baker English Scholarship
John C. and Judith M. Gurley Endowed English Scholarship
Maude Uhland Award
Mae Thomas Award
Robert T. Self Award in Literature and Film
Robert T. Self Award for Study in Ireland
Orville Baker Essay Award
Jan Kiergaard Award
Y 1 Writes Award
Showcase Award

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Michael Morris Memorial Expendable Scholarship Fund
Interpro Translation Solutions FLRP Study Abroad Scholarship
Joseph Suhadolc Memorial Scholarship Fund
Levin, Jachman, Greenberg, and Wagman Overseas Scholarship Fund
Lillian Pauleen Cobb Endowment Fund

Department of Geography

Richard E. Dahlberg Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth J. Schwantes Undergraduate Scholars Fund
Jack Villmow Junior Meteorology Award for Academic Achievement
Nancy C. Wick Senior Meteorology Award for Academic and Professional Achievement

Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Casella Field Camp Fund
Brian Fugiel Memorial Fund
Samuel S. Goldich Fund
Carla Montgomery Field Camp Scholarship Fund
Carla Montgomery Undergraduate Scholarship in Geology
Ira Edgar Odom Endowed Fund
Malcolm P. Weiss Endowed Fund
John R. Young Memorial Scholarship

Department of History

James R. Shirley Undergraduate Essay Prize
J. Patrick White History Education Scholarships
Oscar Matasar History Scholarship
Jeannie A. Hainds Scholarships
Outstanding History Student Award
Marvin Rosen Undergraduate Scholarship
James Shirley Award in Asian History

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Margariete Montaque Wheeler Memorial Fund
Gail Masters Gallagher Memorial Scholarship Fund
Donald R. Ostberg-Mathematics Memorial Fund-Endowed
Mathematical Sciences Incoming Student Award
Clarence Ethel Hardgrove Mathematics Scholarship Fund
Dale G. Jungst Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics Education

Division of Statistics

Carol J. Feltz Memorial Scholarship

Department of Physics

Eaton-Miner Physics Teacher Education Fund

Department of Political Science

Joe R. Wilkinson Memorial Fund-Endowed
Inez Nelson Family Endowed Scholarship
Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Awards
Kevin McKeough Award
John G. and Barbara C. Peters Scholarships for Outstanding Public Service
Washington Center Scholarship
Washington D.C. Summer Congressional Internship Scholarship

Department of Psychology

A. Bond and Margaret F. Woodruff Scholarship Fund-Psychology
Joe and Karen Grush Endowed Scholarship
Outstanding Undergraduate Research/Scholar Award
Elizabeth J. Schwantes Undergraduate Scholars Fund

Department of Sociology

James L. Massey Social Justice Award
David P. Street Memorial Fund

College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship Fund
Sally Stevens Arts Scholarship
O’Malley-Pugh Endowed Scholarship
Rosebud Foundation Scholarship

School of Art and Design

Art Scholarship
Ed Syrek Memorial Scholarship
Jonathan Ryan Lee Studio Art Scholarship
Barbara J. Benway Scholarship in Art Education
Audrael M. Chiricotti Scholarship Fund for Graphic Design
Dorathea & Richard Beard Scholarship
Jack & Eleanor Olson Art Scholarship
Richard A. Keefer Art Scholarship Fund-Endowed
James P. Bates Memorial Scholarship
Jack and Margaret Arends Scholarship
Peg Bond Art Education Scholarship
Caroline Allrutz Scholarship
Dimitri Liakos Endowment in Art History
John X. Koznarek Memorial Scholarship Fund-Endowed
Cora Miner Art Scholarship Fund-Endowed
Helen Merritt Art Scholarship
Frances Gates Memorial Art Scholarship Fund-Endowed
School of Art Tuition Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen
Jim Asbury Memorial Art Scholarship
Sally Stevens Arts Scholarship
Dorothea Bilder Scholarship
O’Malley-Pugh Endowed Scholarship
Lester K. Smith Endowed Creative Art Scholarship Fund Scholarship
Marilyn Sjoholm Student Scholarship for Fine Art
Joyce L. Marcus Endowed Art  History Scholarship Fund
Stuart D. Fink Fine Arts Memorial Scholarship Fund (biennial)
Antinette “Toni” Keller Expendable Scholarship Fund
Virginia Noe Memorial Scholarship Fund

School of Music

Constance Eloise Aagesen Scholarship Fund
Charles Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund
Samuel E. & Bertha Glidden Bradt Memorial Fund
Brody Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
Paul Busija Memorial Scholarship Fund
Clark Family Endowed Scholarship in Music
Stuart D. Fink Fine Arts Memorial Scholarship Fund (biennial)
Norman S. and Marion D. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship in Music and Education
Robert R. and Frances A. Green Endowed Scholarship in Music
Janet and A. Oscar Haugland Scholarship in Music Composition or Music Theory
Earl and Margaret Hoffmann Endowed Student Scholarship in Music
Jane Jenkins Lovering Memorial Scholarship Fund
Richard A. Keefer Music Scholarship Fund
William M. and Ruth H. Koehler Piano Scholarship Fund
Kolze-Rasmussen Music Scholarship
Ronald J. Modell Scholarship in Jazz Studies
Maude Nicholson Music Scholarship Fund
O’Malley-Pugh Endowment Fund
Wilber Pursley Endowed Scholarship in Music
Diane Ragains Slawin Endowed Fund in Vocal Music
Lester K. Smith Creative Music Scholarship Fund
Wilbur and Dorothy S. Smith Clarinet Scholarship
Alfred L. and Shirley K. Tobias Scholarship Fund
School of Music CVPA Scholarship (biennial)
Lester Trilla Scholarship Fund
Lynne Waldeland Scholarship in Vocal Music
Donald Walker Living Legacy Scholarship Fund
Reynolds Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund
A. Bond and Margaret F. Woodruff Scholarship Fund
Farny R. Wurlitzer Music Scholarship Fund
Jerrold H. Zar Endowed Scholarship in Trumpet Studies
Lyle & Mary Kennedy Scholarship Fund in Music
Brian Hann-King Endowed Scholarship in Piano Studies
Scott McCullagh Baker’s Dozen Endowed Scholarship

School of Theatre and Dance

Sydney Smith Memorial Fund-Endowed
Lili and John La Tourette Scholarship for Theatre
Lila Hellier-Dole Dance Scholarship
Rene LeBeau ‘87 Memorial Scholarship
Adra and Orville Baker Theatre Scholarship
School of Theatre/Dance Talented Student Tuition Scholarship

Other Units

Alumni Association

NIU Alumni Association Merit Scholarship
O’Brien Vrba Scholarship Trust

Campus Child Care Center

Anne Kaplan Fund

Career Services

Richard B. Fisher Scholars Program/Morgan Stanley Dean Whitter
Career Services Student of the Month Recognition Scholarship
Career Services Student of the Year Silver Award
Career Services Student of the Year Gold Award
Career Services Student of the Year Bronze Award

Center for Black Studies

Center for Black Studies Book Scholarship

Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

Robert Marcelin Memorial Scholarship


CHANCE Tuition Scholarship

Counseling and Student Development Center

Florence E. Doyle Memorial Fund

Financial Aid

Karl L. Adams Scholarship
Lora and Warner Pomrene Scholarship
Gladys Brooks Beltzer Memorial Scholarship
Maurine Bloomster Coxhead Endowed Scholarship
Marion C. Hayes Endowed Scholarship Fund
Irene V. Crofton Scholarship Fund
Wayne E. McCleery Award
Grace E. Nix Fund
Class of 1960 Scholarship
Mary N. Williams Memorial Fund
Janis Priede Memorial Scholarship Fund-Endowed
Helen R. Messenger Scholarship
Dolores (Lorry) C. Lamb Scholarship Fund
Josephine Jandell Fund
Melvin Ben Wilson Memorial Fund
Orla Grace Triteline Scholarship Fund-Endowed

Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Joseph Harry Endowed Scholarship Program-supporting LGBTQA students

Intercollegiate Athletics

David & Carolyn Witheft Student Athlete Scholarship Fund
Glyn E. Barron Memorial Scholarship
Ralph J. Thomas Scholarship Fund
Gullikson Education Fund
Gary L. Whisler Memorial Football Scholarship Fund
William (Bill) Johnson Memorial Fund
Illinois Women’s Golf Association Scholarship Fund
John Tucker Memorial Fund
Howard Fletcher Football Scholarship Fund
Carl Appell Memorial Scholarship
Broderick-Andres Award
Baynas Football Scholarship Fund
Castle Bank N.A. Scholarship Fund
Al Kranz Student Athletic Trainer Scholarship
Dr. W.L. Moore Memorial Scholarship
Mike Spinello Golf Scholarship
Jack Pheanis Scholarship
James Schwarzbach Scholarship Fund
Lloyd Devereaux Scholarship Fund
Debora J. Korcek Memorial Scholarship
Grant-in-Aid Scholarship
Len and Anneda “Sis” Jacobson Memorial Scholarship
John and Kathryn Groth Scholarship
Lynne Waldeland Academic Effort Award
Julius E. and Joycelyn Grolla Brasini Student Endowment for Athletes

International Programs

Clara Sperling Memorial Scholarship
John and Lili La Tourette International Studies Scholarship
International Student Opportunity Fund Scholarship

Northern Star

Kathy Orr McDonald Memorial Award for Editorial Excellence
Campbell-Thompson Northern Star Scholarship
Daniel Parmenter Memorial Scholarship
David Onak Scholarship
Josephine Korcek Memorial

Office of Precollegiate Programs

Andre D. Bohanon Scholarship

Office of Student Academic Success

Lois V. Hobart Financial Assistance Scholarships
Northern Lights Ambassadors Scholarships
Retention Scholarships

Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning

Huskie Service Scholars

Orientation & Family Connections

Parents’ Association Endowed Scholarship

Operating Staff Council

Operating Staff Dependent Award

Scholarship Office

Alverda A. Bastian Scholarship
Alexa Rae Bertram Scholarship
Anna Larson and Mary Jane Larson Baird Scholarship
Kathleen Callahan Love for a Lifetime Scholarship
Centennial Scholarship
Joseph and Rose Costa Scholarship Fund
Jeanette M. Doweiko Memorial Scholarship
John Reed Dunn Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Faculty Fund Scholarship
February 14th Fund for the Forward, Together Forward Scholarship
Financial Need Assistance Program
Paul E. Gipson Scholarship
Chief Richard Gunther Firefighters’ Endowed Scholarship
Huskie Legacy Award
NIU Transfer Student Scholarship
NIU Scholars
Northern Academic Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
Richard L. Taylor Scholarship
Wheeler Memorial Endowed Scholarship
William and Dian Taylor Endowed Scholarship for STEM Students
Woodstock Center Endowment Fund 
Richard and Marcy Calkins Scholarship Fund for STEM Students

Student Association

Erickson-Doherty Student Leadership Travel Endowment Scholarship

Supportive Professional Staff Council

Supportive Professional Staff Dependent Scholarship Fund

University Honors Program

Ari and Ruth Kovacevich Scholarship
James L. Massey Honors Scholarship
Dick Noreen Honors Scholarship
University Honors Excellence Award (partial tuition waiver)
University Honors House Leader
University Honors Fellow

University Libraries

Katherine Walker Library Work Scholar Award

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Mothers Memorial Scholarship
Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship


*Eligibility for this grant, loan, award, or student employment program is considered after both the NIU Financial Aid Verification Form and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have been filed.

**Students do not apply for these awards which are for upper-level accountancy majors. All eligible students are considered based on GPA and leadership.


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