All 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 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 then 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 Betty Wright Downing Award
For high-achieving graduate students pursuing a career in medicine or...
Varies Edward O. Sherman Memorial Scholarship
For sophomores and juniors in a Chemistry major. Must show promise of...
Varies George L. Cunningham, Jr. Chemistry Scholarship
For undergraduates in Chemistry, preferably distinguished in physical...
Varies Harris E. Phipps Chemistry Scholarship
For Chemistry majors, preferably juniors. Must show responsible...
Varies Harry Frost Chemistry Scholarship
For juniors, seniors, graduate students in Chemistry, preferably 1)...
Varies Richard L. and Ellen A. Keiter Undergrad Research Fellowship
The following criteria must be met: 1. At the time of selection, the...
Varies Robert and Shirley Karraker Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. At the time of the award, the...
Varies Roger F. Hibbs Memorial Chemistry Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient must be a...
Varies Sidney R. Steele Student Summer Award
The following criteria must be met: 1. At the time of the award, the...
Varies Sylvia R. Nichols Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1.) Must be a full-time student...
Varies Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA)
To support the University’s mission of fostering opportunities for...
Varies Civil Service Council Scholarship
The following criteria must be met: 1. The recipient(s) must be a...
Varies Errett and Mazie Warner History Award
For juniors/seniors in History. Requires 3.0 GPA, outstanding character...
Varies Honors Transfer Student Scholarship
The Honors Transfer Student Scholarship is a competitive award for new...
Varies Journalism Talented Student Award
This is a tuition only award. In order to apply, a student must meet and...
Varies Communication Studies Talented Student Award
This is a tuition waiver to provide financial assistance to students...
Varies Ryland Hall Fund
The following criteria must be met: 1. Grants may be used for...
Varies Boys/Girls State Scholarship
For incoming freshmen who participated in Boys or Girls State Program at...
Varies James and Linda Gatrell Textbook Rental Scholarship
Criteria for selection are as follows: 1.) Must be a Pell-eligible...
Varies Accounting Advisory Board Study Abroad Scholarship
The Accounting Advisory Board fund has dedicated this scholarship for...