Honors Award for Incoming Freshmen

The Honors Award is up to $3,000 (split fall/spring) renewable for four years. This scholarship can be combined with other EIU academic merit scholarships (but cannot be combined with the Presidential Scholars awards).

The Honors award requires a 26 ACT (1230 SAT) and a 3.5 unweighted GPA OR top 90th percentile of your high school graduating class.

To retain their awards, all Honors scholarship recipients are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40, and to remain in good academic and judicial standing with Eastern Illinois University and the University Honors Program.

In evaluating applications we consider high school transcripts, extracurricular and volunteer activities, personal essays, and a recommendation from a high school teacher or administrator. We are particularly looking for leadership potential, ambition to make the most of college, and intellectual maturity. All applications are reviewed by the Honors Council (a faculty and student body).

Please see the following link for more information: https://www.eiu.edu/honors/Freshman_scholarships.php

Please note: If you have already applied for the Presidential Scholarship, you will automatically be considered for the Honors Incoming Freshman award and do not need to complete this application.

Honors College, University - General
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please list the classes you are taking in your senior year. If applicable, indicate which are honors, dual credit, AP, etc. Please mention if your high school does not offer honors, dual credit, and/or AP courses.
  2. Please list up to ten of your most significant extracurricular, volunteer, leadership and employment experiences, in descending order of significance. Please include the dates and duration of each experience.
  3. Choose one of your leadership or public service experiences and explain its significance to you.
  4. A higher education does more than prepare one for a particular career. What is the most important thing you want to get out of your learning experiences at university? Explain your answer in a short essay. (300 word limit)
  5. Please upload an essay you have written for a high school class (regular, AP, honors or dual credit are all fine). We are looking for an academic essay you are proud of and one which uses sources (i.e. with citations and a bibliography or works cited list).
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