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Honors Program announces new endowed scholarship

August 26, 2019

Donald and Linda Shearer

The success of the University Honors Program rests in no small part on the support of alumni and friends. To this end, Honors is excited to announce the creation of the Donald and Linda Shearer Honors STEM Scholarship, generously endowed by Donald and Linda Shearer.

This merit scholarship will be available for juniors and seniors in good standing in the University Honors Program (which requires a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or greater), who are pursuing a major in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field. Honors anticipates that the inaugural award will be available in 2020 or 2021.

Students interested Honors scholarship opportunities, please contact Jason Goode, associate director of Scholarships, Programming and Assessment.

Andrea Radasanu, acting director for University Honors, describes the immense value of the scholarship gift: “One of the greatest advantages we can offer our University Honors students is the intergenerational Huskie connection to alumni and friends of the program who generously make possible the growth and success of current Huskies.”

Linda M. (Noreng) Shearer is a 1973 summa cum laude graduate with a B.S. degree in honors chemistry and dual minors in math and physics. She participated in the first year of the University Honors Program and while at NIU, met her future husband, Donald C. Shearer, a 1974 graduate with a B.S. degree in education, general science.

Launched in 1969, nearly 4,000 students have participated in the University Honors Program in its nearly 50-year history. Honors alumni continue to support the program by participating in events and returning to campus to interact with students. Through the continued generous donations from alumni and friends, Honors intends to infuse value-added components to students’ educational experiences in a variety of forms including: research and artistry support, providing food for students during a lecture series/workshop and awarding well-deserved scholarships to some of NIU’s most deserving students.