Northern Illinois University director of Scholarships Anne Hardy presented scholarship awards to 26 local high school students at the DeKalb High School senior awards ceremony. The total investment in scholarships for these local recipients over the next four years is valued at $460,000.
Twelve students received an NIU DeKalb County Scholarship, which awards local students $4,000 per year for up to two years in order to assist students with tuition expenses. The scholarship—now in its third year—was first awarded for the fall 2011 semester.
“Northern Illinois University is DeKalb‘s hometown university,” said Hardy. “We are a partner in educating our students, for the benefit of the individuals and their families, as well as for the benefit of the entire community. These scholarships are truly an investment in our community and our future.”
The scholarship is renewable for a second year provided the recipients maintain full-time enrollment at NIU with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
Students admitted to NIU as first-time freshmen that graduate from a DeKalb County high school in the Class of 2013 are automatically considered for a scholarship. Scholarships will be offered to select students on an ongoing basis as long as funds remain available.
Two intended Biology (Pre-Med) students—Abraham and Eliya Baker of DeKalb—were named University Scholars, an honor that includes full tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board valued at approximately $23,000 per year. To qualify, the students recorded at least a 33 ACT score and finished either in the top five percent of their high school class or had at least a 3.75 GPA.
“This merit scholarship is proof that hard work pays off,” Eliya said, and Abraham added he was glad because “this covers all four years of college and makes medical school seem possible.”
Hardy presented three students with four-year scholarships worth $7,000 per year through the NIU Scholars program. To qualify for the program, students had to graduate in the top five percent of the class with a 3.75 grade point average or above and also score 27 or higher on the ACT.
Nine students qualified for a two-year Northern Academic Scholarship worth $4,000 per year, and six students received Huskie Legacy Awards, which provide $1,000 to incoming freshmen children of an NIU graduate. Six students earned multiple scholarships.
“The DeKalb County scholarships as well as other scholarship opportunities have helped increase the interest in NIU from local high school students,” says NIU acting associate vice president for Enrollment Management and director of Admissions Kimberley Buster-Williams. “We are excited about the growth in the program over the past several years and are pleased with the results of this investment in our community.”
Students may research the multitude of scholarships available through the NIU Scholarship Office by visiting its scholarship search website. This search engine allows students to look up scholarship opportunities by academic year, area of academic interest, current GPA, and other interests.