All 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 begin applying for specific scholarship opportunities.

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 or contact the Help Desk at 217-581-HELP.
  • You must first complete a short General Application. You will be asked to complete or renew your General Application each year after November 1.
  • With a complete General Application, the system will automatically match you to all scholarships you are eligible for based on your information from PAWS and MyEIU. Some opportunities do not require any application after the General Application is complete, but others will request additional information. The system will provide you with a “Recommended” list of scholarship opportunities that have additional requirements.

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.

Are you looking for a specific opportunity but do not see it below? There’s a chance it’s just not open for applications at this time. We recommend checking back in at least once a month to review new opportunities.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies School of the Arts Student Collaboration Grant
Student Collaboration Grant In the spirit of collaboration, the School...
$1,000.00 City Colleges Star Scholarship
Requirements for this award are as follows: Transfer from the City...
Varies Attainment Fund Scholarship
Established in 1965 to provide financial assistance to outstanding...
Varies Bud and Jo Sanders Scholarship
For undergraduates who work 20 hours per week. Requires 2.5 GPA;...
Varies Carl Mito Scholarship for District 214 Students
The criteria are as follows: Recipient(s) must be an incoming freshman...
Varies Carol Specht Memorial Scholarship
For undergraduate single mothers living with their children, majoring in...
Varies Civil Service Council Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
Varies College Access Foundation of California Scholarship
For incoming freshmen, with financial need as primary...
Varies Edgar County Livingston C. Lord Scholarship
For undergraduates from any high school in Edgar County. Financial need...
$2,000.00 EIU Community Ambassador Scholarship
For incoming freshmen from central Illinois. Requires an essay...
Varies Errett Warner Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: Must be a full-time junior or...
Varies Florence Kaplan Foundation Endowment
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) shall be a...
Varies I. Roberta Bell Minority Scholarship
For high-achieving minority students. Requires an essay on academic...
Varies International Student Scholarship
This application is for the International Student Scholarship. This...
Varies Johnetta Jones Scholarship
For full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Gateway Program...
Varies Kate Booker Stapp Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient shall be a woman...
Varies Kenneth E. Coffey Jr. Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
Varies Kim Tran Scholarship for International Students
Criteria for selection is as follows: Recipient must be a full time...
Varies Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
For undergraduate/graduate students who live out the ideals and values...
Varies McKenna Secondary Education Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
Varies Minority Affairs Scholarship
For incoming freshmen in a minority or under-represented group, with...
Varies Nate Anderson Scholarship Incentive Fund
For minority students with a 2.5 GPA, 24 EIU credit hours, and financial...
Varies Stingley Family Opportunity Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1. Must be a full-time...
Varies Walter and Lola Stephenson Cole Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall...
Varies Ryland Hall Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. Grants may be used for...
$1,500.00 Boys/Girls State Scholarship
For incoming freshmen who participated in Boys or Girls State Program at...
Varies James and Linda Gatrell Textbook Rental Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1.) Must be a Pell-eligible...
Varies Nilsen Research Presentation Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be an...
Varies Dr. Hannah Newgent Eads Art Education Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: Must be a full-time student...