Our Opportunities

Welcome to Eastern Illinois University’s Scholarship Opportunities Homepage!

Below is a list of scholarships available to EIU students, with brief information about each scholarship’s requirements. To apply for scholarships, you must first sign in with the same EIU Net ID and password you use to access all of your EIU accounts. You can then complete a General Application and, if applicable, apply for specific scholarships.

To begin applying:

  • Sign in using your EIU Net ID and password. If you need help locating your EIU Net ID or password, please visit http://www.eiu.edu/nsp/EandNetID.php or contact the Help Desk at 217-581-HELP.
  • You must first complete a short General Application giving EIU permission to use your student information for scholarship purposes. You will be asked to complete or renew your General Application each year after November 1.
  • After you have completed your General Application, the system will automatically match you to all scholarships you are eligible for, based on the information you provided. You do not need to apply separately for these scholarships.
  • The system may recommend additional scholarship opportunities that you may qualify for. You must apply separately for each of these scholarships.

Other important information:

  • Additional scholarship opportunities may become available after you have completed your General Scholarship application. Check this account frequently to make sure you don’t miss any of these opportunities.
  • If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be sent an email to your EIU email address. Check your email account regularly for updates about your scholarship opportunities and deadlines.
  • The “Deadline” column shows the deadline for you to complete the application to be considered for that scholarship. It is not the deadline to accept the scholarship.
  • The scholarship opportunities you are auto-matched to and apply for could be for either the current or the next academic year. You can find more information in each scholarship’s description, such as when you will be notified if you received the award, and when the funds will be added to your student account.
  • For some scholarships, you may need to complete post-acceptance paperwork online before the scholarship award is updated on your PAWS account.
Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies Watson Family Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time or part-time student currently accepted to and enrolled at Eastern...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: 09/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/15/2020
Varies Karen D. Medina BGS Leadership Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1.) The recipient(s) must be at least a part-time student majoring in the Bachelor of General Studies...
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1.) The recipient(s) must be at...
  • Deadline: 09/30/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/30/2020
Varies Charles B. Arzeni Tropical Biology Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies Charles E. and Ferne Tingley Compton Botany Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time junior or senior student, majoring in Biological Sciences at EIU. 2....
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies DEANS Ecological Sciences Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in Biological Sciences, accepted to Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies E. Warner/ P. Hinz Pre-Med Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award recipient shall be a Junior or Senior majoring in Pre-Medical Studies. 2. The recipient must...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award recipient shall be a...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies E. Warner/L. Durham Presidential Award in Environmental Biology
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award recipient shall be a Junior or Senior majoring in the field of Biological Sciences with...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award recipient shall be a...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies Ernest L. Stover Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall be an outstanding junior or senior majoring in Biological Sciences with a...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies Errett and Mazie Warner Award in Zoology
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award recipient shall be a Junior or Senior majoring in the field of Biological Sciences with Animal...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award recipient shall be a...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies Errett and Mazie Warner Botany Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award recipient shall be a Junior or Senior majoring in the field of Biological Sciences with...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award recipient shall be a...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies Gayle Hutton Adkins Award
The following criteria must be met: 1 The award recipient shall be a Junior or Senior majoring in Pre-Medicine at EIU. 2. The recipient shall...
The following criteria must be met: 1 The award recipient shall be a...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies H. F. Thut Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. Candidates must be a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in Biological Sciences with a Botanical Sciences...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Candidates must be a sophomore,...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies Kenneth E. and Donelda A. Damann Aquatic Ecology Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. The Award recipient shall be an undergraduate majoring in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or other fields...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The Award recipient shall be an...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies Verne B. and Edna M. Kniskern Scholarship in Life Sciences
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in Life Sciences, accepted to Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/01/2020
Varies James and Linda Gatrell Textbook Rental Scholarship
For sophomores/juniors eligible for Federal Pell Grants. Requires 2.5 GPA, short essay on financial need, academic goals. Full...
For sophomores/juniors eligible for Federal Pell Grants. Requires 2.5...
  • Deadline: 10/31/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/31/2020
Varies Frances W. McColl Scholarship - English (Fiscal Year 2020)
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award is to be awarded each Spring in alternate years to : even years an English major in Teacher...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award is to be awarded each...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Jamie S. Archer Elementary Education Annual Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1. Must be full-time student majoring in Elementary Education at Eastern Illinois University. 2. Must...
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1. Must be full-time student...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Lambda Chi Alpha Scholastic Incentive Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The Lambda Chi Alpha Scholastic Incentive Scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) who are members of...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The Lambda Chi Alpha Scholastic...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Mike and Susan Petrik Annual Scholarship for Excellence (School of Business FY2019)
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student majoring in Management, accepted to Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies School of Continuing Education Staff Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time or part-time, non-traditional student enrolled in a Continuing Education...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies EIU Track and XC Alumni Annual Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) shall be a full-time student accepted to Eastern Illinois University. 2. The...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) shall be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Geography of Ecuador and Latin America Enhancement Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. A student(s) enrolled in the Environment, Society, and Culture of Ecuador Study Abroad course or...
The following criteria must be met: 1. A student(s) enrolled in the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Phi Beta Kappa Young Scholar Award
The following criteria must be met: 1) Recipient(s) must be a high school junior admitted to EIU. 2) Recipient(s) must give the email address for...
The following criteria must be met: 1) Recipient(s) must be a high...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Amelia Daddazio Women's Studies Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. The Amelia Daddazio Women’s Studies Fund shall be awarded to a student(s) whose proposed project aims to...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The Amelia Daddazio Women’s...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Carolyn Shores Cook and Allyn Cook Memorial Scholarship - Music (Even Fiscal Years)
The following is the criteria: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time, accepted to Eastern Illinois University. 2. The recipient(s) must be a...
The following is the criteria: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Duane Elbert Summer Assistantship Annual Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a fully-admitted graduate student in the Historial Administration program accepted to...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies HAPA Joy Matthiessen Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a graduate student seeking a degree in the Master of Arts in History with...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lily, Abby, and Nate Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. A) In even-numbered fiscal years, the earning of the Fund shall be used to fund the Lily, Abby, and Nate...
The following criteria must be met: 1. A) In even-numbered fiscal years,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Mathematics Alumni Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a US citizen who has applied to Eastern Illinois University and meets EIU admissions...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a US...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Parents' Club Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing (at least a...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Sarah Wozencraft Cox Art Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award(s) will be given to one or more Eastern Illinois University students who participate in the...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The award(s) will be given to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Tim and Vickie Burke Evanston Scholars' EIU Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. Recipient(s) must be a graduate of Evanston High School, Evanston, Illinois. 2. Recipient(s) must be a...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Recipient(s) must be a graduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Kevin and Pam Savoree Scholarship-College of Education and Professional Studies (Fiscal Year 2020)
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in business or education, accepted to Eastern...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 Communication Studies Talented Student Award: Incoming Students
This opportunity is for incoming freshman and transfer students. If you are a current or returning student, please apply for the other...
This opportunity is for incoming freshman and transfer students. If you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Dr. Janet L. Norberg Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in Communication Studies and/or Education and/or...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Drs. Christine and Larry Helsel Public Relations Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be U.S. Citizen and an Illinois Resident. 2. The recipient(s) must be a...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be U.S....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Christine and Maura Robertson Graduate Scholarship - Communication Disorders and Sciences (Even Fiscal Years)
1. The recipient(s) must be enrolled in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences or the Department of Biological Sciences:...
1. The recipient(s) must be enrolled in the Department of Communication...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Stephen Jay Gould Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time student and enrolled in good standing at Eastern Illinois University...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Talented Student Award in Journalism
This is a tuition only award. In order to apply, a student must meet and agree to the following criteria: Incoming freshmen/transfer...
This is a tuition only award. In order to apply, a student must meet and...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Department of Political Science Graduate Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. Prospective graduate students must have high potential as graduate students and will be evaluated on the...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Prospective graduate students...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Gamma Omega Alumni Chapter Of Tau Kappa Epsilon Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be a full-time sophomore, junior or senior student accepted to Eastern Illinois University. 2. Must...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be a full-time sophomore,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Carl P. Koerner Jr. Scholarship
Established by Jack and Bethina Schultz in memory of Carl P. Koerner Jr., who served as a member of the EIU Board of Trustees, the Koerner...
Established by Jack and Bethina Schultz in memory of Carl P. Koerner...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Margaret Wente Seeboeck FCS Annual Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences accepted to Eastern...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be an undergraduate or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Eileen F. Hubbard Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time junior or senior level undergraduate student or a graduate level...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Mike and Susan Petrik Annual Scholarship for Excellence (CHHS - Fiscal Year 2020)
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student majoring in Family & Consumer Sciences, accepted to Eastern...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Outstanding First Year Political Science Student Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The minimum GPA for this award is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. 2. The recipient must be eligible for financial...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The minimum GPA for this award...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Redmond-Bey Annual Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior student accepted to Eastern Illinois University. 2. The recipient...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be a sophomore, junior, or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Carol Helwig Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a graduate student(s), working towards certification in or a masters degree in...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Presidential Scholarship
For exceptionally strong incoming freshman students, the Pine Honors College offers three different awards. This application pertains to the...
For exceptionally strong incoming freshman students, the Pine Honors...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Habeeb Family Scholarship for Business Students
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time student with a declared major in Accounting, Finance, Management,...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended