Alumni Merit Scholarship
Could you use some cash for college? If you have a 3.5 GPA and are active within the university and community, we may be able to help you out.
For more than 50 years, the Alumni Association has provided financial assistance to thousands of students. Don’t let this money pass you by.
Download and print the 2016-2017 scholarship application.
For current college students
The NIU Alumni Association offers $2,500 merit scholarships to continuing college students who are enrolled full-time at NIU for both the fall and spring semesters ($1,250 each semester). Each applicant is eligible to receive only one Alumni Association scholarship per academic year.
Student must be currently enrolled, transfer or re-entering undergraduate student with some college coursework completed.
Minimum 3.5 GPA from all colleges attended.
Enrolled full-time at NIU (12 semester hours) for both the fall and spring semesters.
Completed application with all supporting documentation must be returned to the NIU Alumni Association, 231 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115.
Supporting documents required
One-page typed letter from applicant describing outstanding qualities, educational goals, and academic and personal accomplishments.
One-page typed professional recommendation (i.e., a letter from a faculty member or an employer) that expounds on the individual’s talents and accomplishments. Only one professional recommendation will be considered.
Unofficial transcripts documenting college coursework. An unofficial transcript is required from each college attended. Official transcript(s) will be required if recipient is selected for the scholarship.
The O’Brien Vrba Scholarship Trust
The O’Brien Vrba Scholarship Trust offers students a $2,000 to $3,000 scholarship for their studies.
The deadline to submit an application and all required documents is April 15, 2016. Seniors cannot renew their application; graduates can renew once.
Download and print the 2016-2017 undergraduate scholarship application.
Download and print the 2016-2017 graduate scholarship application.
The scholarship is available to all full-time students with junior, senior or graduate class standing. The minimum required GPA is 2.5 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to have an annual family income that does not exceed $75,000 (adjusted gross income). Civic and community involvement and leadership will be considered.
Residency: The majority of scholarship recipients shall reside in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin or Michigan and shall come from a rural area. Residents of cities with populations greater than 500,000 are excluded.
Religion: Primarily of the Catholic faith, but not exclusively.
Official transcripts from high school and each college attended; one-page typed letter stating why you should receive this scholarship; pages 1 and 2 from your most recent federal income tax return; professional letter on letterhead with signature and title from a teacher or adviser attesting to your performance and character; and professional letter on letterhead with signature and title from person responsible for coordinating community service attesting to your involvement.
For additional information, please contact: Alexis M. Lundeen at 216-222-2799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.