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 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: 09/04/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/04/2020
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 Charles Jacobs and Mariann Younger Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, accepted to Eastern Illinois University. 2. The...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 09/30/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/30/2020
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 Ryland Hall Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. Grants may be used for scholarship to members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. 2. Grants may be...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Grants may be used for...
  • 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 Buffenmeyer Friend Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. Recipient(s) must be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Career and Technical Education (with an...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Recipient(s) must be a full-time...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Charles and Elizabeth Huber Education Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time Sophomore, Junior, or Senior student, majoring in education (Early...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Christopher E. Tredennick Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student accepted to Eastern Illinois University majoring in Family and...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Donald and Lucille Taylor Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in Education, accepted to Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Donna Lynn Connelly Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall be a full-time student majoring in Family Consumer Sciences with an option...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Eastern Illinois University Family and Consumer Sciences Elderhostel Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time or part-time graduate student, majoring in Gerontology(Aging Studies),...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Elsie and Erson Giffin Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall be an undergraduate student at Eastern Illinois University. 2. The...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Esther Brothers Elmore Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be a full-time junior or senior student majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences and accepted to...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be a full-time junior or...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Francis and Joyce Archibald Memorial Education Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1. Must be a full-time student majoring in Education accepted to Eastern Illinois University. a. ...
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1. Must be a full-time student...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Funkhouser Scholarship
Established in 2012, this scholarship holds the following eligibility criteria: 1. The recipient must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at...
Established in 2012, this scholarship holds the following eligibility...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Grote Stahl Scholarship - College of Health and Human Services (Fall 2020)
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences or Technology,...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies John E. and Mary J. Price Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. Recipient(s) must be a Communication Studies or Home Economics major at Eastern Illinois University. ...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Joyce S. Crouse Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, accepted to Eastern Illinois University. 2. The awards will...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies L. Joyce Taylor Student Teaching Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipients(s) must be a full-time student at Eastern Illinois University in a major leading to Teacher...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipients(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Omar Carl Schmeusser Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) should be a full-time student with a minimum of 60 semester hours completed, majoring in...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) should be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Ozier Child and Family Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences (or...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Plummer/HWCLABS Graduate Candidate Annual Research Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. The applicant(s) must be a graduate candidate from the following degree programs: a. Master of Science...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The applicant(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Rachel Stapp Teaching Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time, majoring in Elementary or Secondary Education, accepted to Eastern...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Roberson Business Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be full-time students, accepted to Eastern Illinois University. 2. The...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Ruth E. Brandenberg Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship is to be available to students studying Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship is to be...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Ruth Miller Esbeck Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences, accepted to Eastern...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies S.L. Harris Education Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time undergraduate student either 1) pursuing a declared major in...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Schmalhausen Family Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, majoring in Family & Consumer Sciences,...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time...
  • Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/15/2020
Varies Dr. William Bailey Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student at Eastern Illinois University. 2. The recipient(s) must...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/26/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/26/2020
Varies Sue B. Stoner Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time undergraduate student, majoring in Psychology, accepted to Eastern...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/26/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/26/2020
Varies Martha T. and Lavern M. Hamand Memorial Scholarship (Graduate Writing Award)
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a graduate student enrolled in the department of History’s traditional or...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 10/30/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/30/2020
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 Carolyn Kluesner Modglin Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be studying Dietetics or if none are qualified, studying Food and Nutrition. 2. ...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be...
  • Deadline: 11/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline11/01/2020
Varies McNabb-Dow Graduate Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient must be full-time graduate students, majoring in Family and Sciences, accepted to...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient must...
  • Deadline: 11/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline11/01/2020
Varies Ruth Gaertner Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall be a Junior or Senior majoring in Home Economics and be enrolled in the...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall...
  • Deadline: 11/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline11/01/2020
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
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