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 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
Varies Bert and Janet Holley Scholarship
For undergraduate transfer students with an Associate Degree, majoring in Pre-Business and accepted into College of Business. Requires essay. Full...
For undergraduate transfer students with an Associate Degree, majoring...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Bertha G. Hoedebecke Scholarship
For Elementary Education majors from Montgomery County. Requires 3.0 HS GPA. Preference given to seniors from Hillsboro High School. Full...
For Elementary Education majors from Montgomery County. Requires 3.0 HS...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship
For Business students who are active members of Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter. Requires 30 credit hours. Renewable if criteria are maintained. Full...
For Business students who are active members of Beta Gamma Sigma...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Bette L. Johnson Scholarship
For incoming freshmen from Charleston HS, majoring in the humanities. Requires 3.0 GPA. Preference given to English or Social Studies majors. Full...
For incoming freshmen from Charleston HS, majoring in the humanities....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Betty J. Hawkins English Scholarship
For sophomore/junior English majors. Requires 35-80 EIU credit hours, 3.2 GPA, financial need, strong writing skills, leadership potential. Full...
For sophomore/junior English majors. Requires 35-80 EIU credit hours,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Betty Lou Balasi Scholarship
For juniors, seniors, and graduate students majoring in Communication Studies. Requires essay on how one embodies Betty’s personality. Full...
For juniors, seniors, and graduate students majoring in Communication...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Bill and Susie Robinson Scholarship in Excellence and Athleticism
For current athletes in competitive play, majoring in Political Science, Recreation Administration, or Business. Requires a 3.0 GPA. Full...
For current athletes in competitive play, majoring in Political Science,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Bill Spaniol Memorial Scholarship
For undergraduate juniors and seniors majoring in Management Information Systems. Requires a 3.5 GPA. Financial need is not a consideration. Full...
For undergraduate juniors and seniors majoring in Management Information...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Bobbie King Memorial Scholarship
For juniors/seniors majoring in French, German, or Spanish. Requires 3.5 GPA overall, 3.7 major GPA, 2 upper-division courses, 4-part essay. Full...
For juniors/seniors majoring in French, German, or Spanish. Requires 3.5...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Bradham Scholarship
For students unable to pay for college costs. Requires essays on financial hardship, extracurricular activities. GPA, SAT/ACT not considered. Full...
For students unable to pay for college costs. Requires essays on...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Brankey Scholarship
For incoming freshman Business majors who show potential for academic success. Renewable for up to four years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained. Full...
For incoming freshman Business majors who show potential for academic...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Brenda Edgar Scholarship For Women
For adult mothers over 25 in General Studies (BGS) program. Requires 2.5 GPA, financial need, 2 essays. Preference given to single mothers. Full...
For adult mothers over 25 in General Studies (BGS) program. Requires 2.5...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Brian and Trina Myerscough- Chad Pfeffinger Outstanding Sigma Pi Service Award
For juniors/seniors in Sigma Pi fraternity, majoring in education or the sciences. Requires 3.5 GPA, essay on community service, leadership. Full...
For juniors/seniors in Sigma Pi fraternity, majoring in education or the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Broadcast Journalism Scholarship
For Broadcast Journalism majors interested in it as a career. Requires 2.0 GPA, nomination by Journalism faculty or letter of recommendation. Full...
For Broadcast Journalism majors interested in it as a career. Requires...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Bruce Allen White Montgomery Scholarship
For sophomores/juniors on the staff of the student newspaper (The Daily Eastern News), who have talent in visual editing such as page design. Full...
For sophomores/juniors on the staff of the student newspaper (The Daily...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Bryan and Adra Heise Elementary Education Scholarship
For majors in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Middle Level Education. Preference given to students from Decatur or Macon County. Full...
For majors in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Middle Level Education....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Burgner Memorial Scholarship
For Biology majors from Charleston or Mattoon HS, or rural Coles County, interested in studying botany, zoology, or environmental sciences. Full...
For Biology majors from Charleston or Mattoon HS, or rural Coles County,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Business and Education Scholarship
For majors in Business or Education. Requires 3.25 GPA. Preference given to students actively employed to pay for their own education. Full...
For majors in Business or Education. Requires 3.25 GPA. Preference given...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies C. Roger Sorensen Business Scholarship
For students from Mattoon HS majoring in business, technology, or hospitality. Second preference given to students from Coles County. Full...
For students from Mattoon HS majoring in business, technology, or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended