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 Presidential Scholarship
For exceptionally strong incoming freshman students, the Pine Honors College offers three different awards. This application pertains to the...
For exceptionally strong incoming freshman students, the Pine Honors...
  • Deadline: 01/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline01/15/2021
Varies Dorothe L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in Leisure Studies, accepted to Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 01/20/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline01/20/2021
Varies William A. Smith Scholarship in Recreation Administration
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, accepted to Eastern Illinois University, with a declared...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 01/20/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline01/20/2021
Varies William and Melissa Higelmire Department of Recreation Administration Student of the Year Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time student majoring in Recreation Administration accepted to Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time...
  • Deadline: 01/20/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline01/20/2021
Varies William G. Riordan Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be enrolled at Eastern Illinois University as a senior majoring in the field of...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be...
  • Deadline: 01/20/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline01/20/2021
Varies Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA)
To support the University’s mission of fostering opportunities for student-faculty scholarship, the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College offers...
To support the University’s mission of fostering opportunities for...
  • Deadline: 02/16/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/16/2021
Varies Center for Student Innovation (CSI) - What's Your Problem? Pitch Competition
The Center for Student Innovation (CSI) at Booth Library invites underrepresented, undergraduate student teams to share ideas and technologies that...
The Center for Student Innovation (CSI) at Booth Library invites...
  • Deadline: 02/19/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/19/2021
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: 02/21/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/21/2021
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: 02/21/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/21/2021
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: 02/21/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/21/2021
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: 02/21/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/21/2021
Varies Graduate Alumni Board Outstanding Research/Creative Activity Award (Graduate Alumni Fund)
The selection committee shall apply the following criteria: 1.) The recipient must be accepted as a full-time graduate student in a graduate...
The selection committee shall apply the following criteria: 1.) The...
  • Deadline: 02/21/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/21/2021
Varies COS Student Advisory Board Student Assistance Award
For sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students in a liberal arts & science major, who have faced hardship in college. Requires 2.5 GPA, 3...
For sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students in a liberal...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies David R. and S. Lynn Murphy Psychology Scholarship
For junior or senior transfer students majoring in Psychology and planning to teach. Requires an essay, 3.0 GPA, and Associate Degree. Full...
For junior or senior transfer students majoring in Psychology and...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
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: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
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: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Frances Hoene Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a full-time student, majoring in Psychology, accepted to Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
$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: 03/01/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies John L. Whisnand Scholarship
For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Requires reference letter, resume, short essay on one’s character. Financial need considered. Full...
For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Requires reference letter,...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Lynn Karen Adams (nee Broholm) Memorial Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student, majoring in Psychology who has transferred from a...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
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: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
$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: 03/01/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/01/2021
$0.00 Social Science Writing Award
For undergraduates. Requires a well-written paper from a current or previous class at EIU, between 8 to 30 pages, on a topic in the social...
For undergraduates. Requires a well-written paper from a current or...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/01/2021
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: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Emerging Leader Award
The Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Office is looking to recognize and honor students who are active with our office and who have a strong track...
The Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Office is looking to recognize and...
  • Deadline: 03/12/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/12/2021
Varies Making a Difference Award
The Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Office is looking to recognize and honor students who are active with our office and who have a strong track...
The Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Office is looking to recognize and...
  • Deadline: 03/12/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/12/2021
Varies Panther of the Year
The Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Office is looking to recognize and honor students who are active with our office and who have a strong track...
The Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Office is looking to recognize and...
  • Deadline: 03/12/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/12/2021
Varies Africana Studies Alumni Annual Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a full-time student minoring in Africana Studies accepted to Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
Varies Alberta and Raymond Zuber Future Teachers Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1. Must be elementary education or middle level education majors intending to teach. One junior and one...
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1. Must be elementary education...
  • Deadline: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
Varies Athenaeum Philosophy Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient shall be a full-time student, majoring in Philosophy, accepted to Eastern Illinois...
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient shall be a...
  • Deadline: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
Varies Bachelor of General Studies Degree Completion Scholarship
For majors in the General Studies (BGS) adult, non-traditional program, with 1 or 2 classes left. Requires letter showing financial need. Full...
For majors in the General Studies (BGS) adult, non-traditional program,...
  • Deadline: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021
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: 03/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/15/2021