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
$0.00 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Study Abroad Scholarship
The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, accepted to Eastern Illinois University. The recipient(s) must be a declared major in one of the...
The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, accepted to Eastern...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Dorothy E. Waldon Short Term Study Abroad Scholarship
This award is for SUMMER 2020 programs ONLY To apply for this award, you will need the ID number from your EIU study abroad application. The...
This award is for SUMMER 2020 programs ONLY To apply for this award, you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Forrest W. Howell Scholarship in Public Administration
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time graduate student pursuing the Public Administration concentration in...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Annie L. Weller Scholarship
For undergraduate or graduate students with a 3.5 GPA, majoring in social sciences, history, or physical sciences and planning to teach. Full...
For undergraduate or graduate students with a 3.5 GPA, majoring in...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Betty Wright Downing Award
For high-achieving graduate students pursuing a career in medicine or health-related field. Requires essay, 3 letters of recommendation. Full...
For high-achieving graduate students pursuing a career in medicine or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies EIU University Professionals of Illinois Graduate Annual Scholarship
For graduate students with a 3.0 GPA. Requires 2,000-word essay on organized labor and a letter of recommendation from an EIU UPI member. Full...
For graduate students with a 3.0 GPA. Requires 2,000-word essay on...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Frances Meyer Hampton Graduate Scholarship
For incoming/current graduate students. Requires 3 letters of recommendation showing good character, financial need, and academic achievement. Full...
For incoming/current graduate students. Requires 3 letters of...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. Kenneth E. Hadwiger Foreign Cultures Award
For undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Communication Studies. Requires a brief essay on European or Asian cultures. Full...
For undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Communication...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. William V. Weber Minority Affairs/TRiO Retention Fund
For undergraduates in TRiO with a 3.0 GPA who qualify for financial aid. Preference given to first-generation and minority students. Full...
For undergraduates in TRiO with a 3.0 GPA who qualify for financial aid....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Drake-Regan First Generation Scholarship
For first-generation students with financial need and a minimum 2.0 GPA. Preference given to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Full...
For first-generation students with financial need and a minimum 2.0 GPA....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Eulalee Anderson Fund for International Students
For full-time international undergraduate and graduate students with a 2.75 GPA. Requires approval of departmental academic advisor. Full...
For full-time international undergraduate and graduate students with a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Gerardo J. Solis Latino/Latina Scholarship
For students of Latino/a heritage majoring in the Sciences with 48 EIU semester hours of coursework. Financial need is a consideration. Full...
For students of Latino/a heritage majoring in the Sciences with 48 EIU...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies I. Roberta Bell Minority Scholarship
For high-achieving minority students. Requires an essay on academic achievement and a mentorship throughout the student’s EIU education. Full...
For high-achieving minority students. Requires an essay on academic...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Johnetta Jones Scholarship
For full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Gateway Program with a minimum 2.5 GPA. This award can be received multiple times. Full...
For full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Gateway Program...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
For undergraduate/graduate students who live out the ideals and values of Martin Luther King, Jr. Requires 2 essays, letter of recommendation. Full...
For undergraduate/graduate students who live out the ideals and values...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Minority Affairs Scholarship
For incoming freshmen in a minority or under-represented group, with good academic background, strong record of extracurricular activities. Full...
For incoming freshmen in a minority or under-represented group, with...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Mrs. Pratima Niranjan Shah Scholarship
For graduate students with 3.5 GPA planning to work in India. Essays required: outline of work plans, personal experience with Asian cultures. Full...
For graduate students with 3.5 GPA planning to work in India. Essays...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Nate Anderson Scholarship Incentive Fund
For minority students with a 2.5 GPA, 24 EIU credit hours, and financial need. Preference given to freshmen returning as sophomores. Full...
For minority students with a 2.5 GPA, 24 EIU credit hours, and financial...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Wang Tih-Wu Scholarship
For high-achieving juniors or seniors. Priority given to students from Taiwan and China, and majors in Journalism or in mass media. Full...
For high-achieving juniors or seniors. Priority given to students from...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 Graduate Student Investigator Award
For graduate students, to support research and presentation. Requires letter of recommendation, description of research project. Full...
For graduate students, to support research and presentation. Requires...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
$0.00 Scholars in Undergraduate Research (SURE) Award
For juniors/seniors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences pursuing research. Requires letter of recommendation, project description. Full...
For juniors/seniors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences pursuing...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
$0.00 TRIO Housing Scholarship
For students in the TRiO program with a 2.0 EIU GPA and financial need. Covers on-campus housing costs. Requires short essay, 2 references. Full...
For students in the TRiO program with a 2.0 EIU GPA and financial need....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
$0.00 TRIO Tuition Scholarship
For students in the TRiO program with a 2.0 EIU GPA and financial need. Covers tuition costs. Requires short essay, 2 references. Full...
For students in the TRiO program with a 2.0 EIU GPA and financial need....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Dr. William V. Weber Study Abroad Scholarship
For students with financial need who wish to Study Abroad. Preference given to first-generation and underrepresented students. Full...
For students with financial need who wish to Study Abroad. Preference...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Harlaxton Manor Study Abroad Scholarship
For undergraduate/graduate students who wish to study abroad at Harlaxton College in England, Fall 2020. Financial need may be considered. Full...
For undergraduate/graduate students who wish to study abroad at...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Honors Study Abroad Scholarship
For Honors students, to cover Study Abroad costs. Requires 2 short essays, letter of recommendation, itemized budget. Awarded 3 times a year. Full...
For Honors students, to cover Study Abroad costs. Requires 2 short...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Kate and Cliff Strandberg Study Abroad in Europe Scholarship
For studying abroad in Europe. Requires 2.75 GPA, essay, resume, 2 letters of recommendation. Preference to School of Technology majors. Full...
For studying abroad in Europe. Requires 2.75 GPA, essay, resume, 2...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Office of Study Abroad Grant
For full-time students, to cover Study Abroad expenses for Fall 2020. Requires 2.5 GPA, essay, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation. Full...
For full-time students, to cover Study Abroad expenses for Fall 2020....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Robert and Ann Flick Study Abroad Annual Scholarship
For undergraduates with 3.0 GPA, to study abroad Fall 2020. Preference given to: travelers to Italy, English majors, arts & humanities majors. Full...
For undergraduates with 3.0 GPA, to study abroad Fall 2020. Preference...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Talented Student Award - Study Abroad
For students participating in international exchange Fall 2020. Requires financial need, 2.5 GPA, 2 letters of recommendation, essay, resume. Full...
For students participating in international exchange Fall 2020. Requires...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Al and Vesta Rundle Scholarship
For students majoring in Art, Music, Speech Communication, or Theatre Arts; or international students. Requires 3.5 GPA, short essay. Full...
For students majoring in Art, Music, Speech Communication, or Theatre...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Alan R. Aulabaugh Music Scholarship
For Music majors with a 3.0 GPA. Preference given (in this order) to students of 1) music theory/composition; 2) piano; 3) voice. Full...
For Music majors with a 3.0 GPA. Preference given (in this order) to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Alexander Briggs Memorial Award
For Business majors who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Requires 3.0 GPA, letter of recommendation from Business faculty member. Full...
For Business majors who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Requires...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Alexander Hamilton Paper Award in American History
For undergraduates. Awarded to author of best paper on American History for an EIU History course. Awards ceremony attendance required. Full...
For undergraduates. Awarded to author of best paper on American History...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Alice Groff Pennybacker Secondary Education Scholarship
For students in Secondary Education planning to teach. Requires 2.5 GPA. Preference given to graduates of high schools in Lawrence County. Full...
For students in Secondary Education planning to teach. Requires 2.5 GPA....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Allan D. Heath Fifth Year Student Athlete Scholarship
For athletes, juniors and above, with athletic aid but no eligibility left. Women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s football preferred. Full...
For athletes, juniors and above, with athletic aid but no eligibility...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Altamont Lions Club/Ernie C. Ballard Scholarship
For Biology majors from Effingham County. Requires 2.5 GPA, environmental interest, financial need, short essay. Incoming freshmen preferred. Full...
For Biology majors from Effingham County. Requires 2.5 GPA,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Alumni and Friends of Soccer Scholarship
For athletes on the men’s soccer team. Requires 2.5 GPA, compliance with NCAA, EIU regulations. Renewable up to 4 years if GPA is maintained. Full...
For athletes on the men’s soccer team. Requires 2.5 GPA, compliance with...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Amy Blumberg Memorial Scholarship
For new, active members of Gamma Mu Chapter of Sigma Kappa sorority. Requires 3.0 GPA, financial need, one-page essay, 2 short answer essays. Full...
For new, active members of Gamma Mu Chapter of Sigma Kappa sorority....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Amy Blumberg/Collinsville High School Scholarship
For seniors about to graduate from Collinsville High School. Requires a minimum 2.5 GPA. Financial need may be a consideration. Full...
For seniors about to graduate from Collinsville High School. Requires a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Anam Cara Scholarship
For Education majors planning to teach. Requires 3 essays, resume. Preference given to first-generation students, single parents, women. Full...
For Education majors planning to teach. Requires 3 essays, resume....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Ann Frommel Memorial Award
For undergraduate Biology or Chemistry majors, sophomore and above, with a 3.0 GPA and a promising future as a teacher or graduate student. Full...
For undergraduate Biology or Chemistry majors, sophomore and above, with...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Anna Roberta Sain Nursing Scholarship
For Nursing majors, full- or part-time, in the RN to BSN program. Financial need considered. Preference given to non-custodial parents. Full...
For Nursing majors, full- or part-time, in the RN to BSN program....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Anne Frank Award
For undergraduates. Awarded to author of the best paper on the Holocaust for an EIU History course. Awards ceremony attendance required. Full...
For undergraduates. Awarded to author of the best paper on the Holocaust...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Annie Weller Memorial Scholarship In Geography
For juniors and seniors majoring in Geography. Requires 3.0 GPA. Financial need considered only if there are two equally qualified students. Full...
For juniors and seniors majoring in Geography. Requires 3.0 GPA....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Athletic Training Scholarship
For undergraduate Athletic Training majors. Requires 2 short essays, resume, 2 KSR faculty member references. GPA, evaluations considered. Full...
For undergraduate Athletic Training majors. Requires 2 short essays,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Balsaar and Ruth Bubeck Scholarship
For undergraduate students from Marshall, Illinois (or Clark County) seeking teacher certification. Requires 30 credit hours, 3.5 GPA, resume. Full...
For undergraduate students from Marshall, Illinois (or Clark County)...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Barbara Rennels Roberts Scholarship
For students from Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, or Shelby counties. Requires letter of reference, 5-part essay. Full...
For students from Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Belayet Khan Geography Award
For junior/senior majors in Geography. Requires 3.0 GPA, completion of 2 full semesters, dedication to Geography. Financial need considered. Full...
For junior/senior majors in Geography. Requires 3.0 GPA, completion of 2...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Benjamin Weir - Eugene Waffle Journalism Award
For Journalism majors pursuing a journalism career. Requires 80 credit hours, above-average GPA, sample of work for EIU student publications. Full...
For Journalism majors pursuing a journalism career. Requires 80 credit...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended