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 John David Reed News-Editorial Journalism Scholarship
For freshman/transfer Journalism majors with 12-18 EIU credit hours. Requires significant participation at Daily Eastern News, 500-word essay. Full...
For freshman/transfer Journalism majors with 12-18 EIU credit hours....
  • Deadline: 04/10/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/10/2020
$0.00 Business Advisory Board Student Recruitment Scholarship
For incoming freshmen and transfer students majoring in a program offered by the School of Business. Has a mentorship component. Full...
For incoming freshmen and transfer students majoring in a program...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline04/15/2020
Varies Errett Warner/ Stanley G. Rives Higher Education Presidential Award
For graduate students in College Student Affairs. Requires 3.5 GPA, outstanding character. Financial need a final consideration. Full...
For graduate students in College Student Affairs. Requires 3.5 GPA,...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/15/2020
Varies Eulalee Anderson and Carlene Pennel Scholarship
Criteria for selection is as follows: 1. Must be a full-time undergraduate student accepted to Eastern Illinois University majoring in Biology,...
Criteria for selection is as follows: 1. Must be a full-time...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/15/2020
Varies Gene and Dee (Carpenter) McDivitt Accounting Scholarship
For incoming freshmen in Accounting, preferably from 1) Coles, Shelby, or 2) nearby counties. Requires 3.5 GPA/top 10%, essay, recommendation. Full...
For incoming freshmen in Accounting, preferably from 1) Coles, Shelby,...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/15/2020
Varies Isabel McKinney Graduate Scholarship
For graduate students in English. Requires nominations; top 25% class rank; paper on creative writing, or literary or historical criticism. Full...
For graduate students in English. Requires nominations; top 25% class...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/15/2020
Varies Isabel McKinney Undergraduate Scholarship
For undergraduates in English. Requires nominations; paper on creative writing, or literary or historical criticism. Renewable w/ 3.2 GPA. Full...
For undergraduates in English. Requires nominations; paper on creative...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/15/2020
$0.00 Kevin and Pam Savoree Scholarship-School of Business (FY2021)
For undergraduate Business majors who graduated from Paris High School (Unit Districts #95 and #4). Renewable if criteria continue to be met. Full...
For undergraduate Business majors who graduated from Paris High School...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline04/15/2020
Varies Lella Cox Schaaf College Student Affairs Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a student enrolled full-time in EIU 2. The recipient(s) must be a graduate...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/15/2020
$0.00 Orndoff/Leduc Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1. Must be a full-time undergraduate student accepted to Eastern Illinois University. 2. The recipient must...
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1. Must be a full-time...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline04/15/2020
Varies Sue (Archibald) and Randy Taylor Master of Business Administration Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time or part-time student enrolled in the Master of Business Administration...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/15/2020
Varies Doug DiBianco Pride 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: 04/19/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/19/2020
Varies LGBTQA Alumni Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time student accepted to Eastern Illinois University. 2. Financial need is a...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time...
  • Deadline: 04/19/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/19/2020
Varies Kenneth E. Hadwiger, Ph.D. Graduate Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be the son or daughter of a faculty member in the Department of Communication...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be the son...
  • Deadline: 04/24/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/24/2020
Varies Kenneth E. Hadwiger, Ph.D. Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be the son or daughter of a faculty member in the Department of Communication...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be the son...
  • Deadline: 04/24/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/24/2020
Varies Ralph Y. McGinnis Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be either an undergraduate or graduate student with a major academic interest in one or...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be either an...
  • Deadline: 04/24/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/24/2020
Varies Civil Service Council Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a former, current or retired Non-Negotiated Civil Service employee; or a child or...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 04/30/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/30/2020
Varies Julie A. Curry Political Science Leadership Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time junior or senior student, majoring in Political Science, and accepted...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 05/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/01/2020
Varies Old Main Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be a full-time student(s) in an undergraduate or graduate program who is attending Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. Must be a full-time student(s)...
  • Deadline: 05/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/01/2020
Varies Attainment Fund Scholarship
Established in 1965 to provide financial assistance to outstanding students, the award presently goes each year to one or more students who have...
Established in 1965 to provide financial assistance to outstanding...
  • Deadline: 05/08/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/08/2020
Varies Kate Booker Stapp Scholarship
For female students majoring in Education, who have at least one child under 18, and whose husband is either deceased or incapacitated. Full...
For female students majoring in Education, who have at least one child...
  • Deadline: 05/08/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/08/2020
Varies McKenna Secondary Education Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time EIU student enrolled in the field of English or History who is also...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: 05/08/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/08/2020
Varies Honors Transfer Student Scholarship
The Honors Transfer Student Scholarship is a competitive award for new EIU students who have been enrolled in an honors program at a post-secondary...
The Honors Transfer Student Scholarship is a competitive award for new...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2020
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 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 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 Alpha Phi Alpha Banquet and Scholarship Fund
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:
  • Award: Varies
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 Raymond L. Modesitt Math Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The scholarship recipient shall be a Junior or Senior majoring in Mathematics with at least one semester...
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 Talented Student Award in Student Leadership
Must meet academic record, academic talent, and/or special status criteria
Must meet academic record, academic talent, and/or special status criteria
  • 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