Supportive Professional Staff starts scholarship to help children, grandchildren studying at NIU

Council is seeking donations to endow fund

Photo of a graduate in cap and gown with diploma hugging motherStudents at NIU achieve amazing things, even though some face tremendous financial obstacles.

Rising costs of higher education, combined with the jeopardy that the employee dependent tuition waiver is facing, has motivated the Supportive Professional Staff Council to build a scholarship fund for it dependents.

The SPS Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship support for children and grandchildren (biological, adopted, foster, stepchild, legal guardianship) of Supportive Professional Staff employees at the university.

This scholarship can help provide financial assistance each year for one SPS dependent while recognizing the talents and achievements of NIU’s deserving students.

Members of the SPS Council are launching a call for donations from staff, annuitants and friends of the university. Their goal is to establish an endowment of $25,000. If all SPS gave $30 this year ($6 for five pay periods), the council would surpass its goal in only one year.

Donations will be kept in an expendable fund by the NIU Foundation until the endowment goal is reached. A generous response could permit the council to award it first scholarship from the expendable fund for the 2013-2014 academic year.

For more information, contact an SPS Council officer, email spscouncil@niu.edu or visit the SPS Council Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. Light refreshments will be served.

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