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.
The deadline for the 2015 Merit Scholarship has passed. The 2016 scholarship application will be posted later in the fall.
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, 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 2015 application deadline has passed; check back later for the 2016 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. Applicants are required to have an annual family income under $75,000 (adjusted gross income). Civic and community involvement and leadership will be considered.
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 advisor 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.