Governors State University is committed to your success.

Scholarships help support students' academic achievements and help meet the costs associated with achieving your degree.

  • Freshmen Presidential Scholarship


    This prestigious scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees (up to 15 credit hours each fall and spring semester) as well as $600.00 toward books per semester at the GSU Follett Bookstore. The scholarship renews up to eight consecutive fall and spring semesters (four years) if the student continues to qualify for the scholarship. 

    Applicant Requirements:

    • Applicants must have applied by the Early Action Deadline (November 15, 2015)
    • Must have a 3.75 unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • Complete the requirements list below by January 19, 2016
    • Complete the FAFSA no later than February 1, 2016

  • GSU Foundation and Alumni Association Scholarships


    The GSU Foundation and Alumni award more than 40 scholarships. Many are specific to individual colleges and programs of study. More information can be found on the GSU Foundation's website.

  • GSU Promise Scholarship


    The GSU Promise is a scholarship created by President Elaine P. Maimon to assist economically disadvantaged students to complete a bachelor's degree at GSU. Eligible students must be active participants in the Dual Degree Program and be eligible for the Pell Grant. To apply, students must have a GPA of 2.75/4.0. 



  • Dual Degree Program Honors Scholarship


    This scholarship is for high-achieving, first-time, transfer students who are enrolled in the Dual Degree Program. Students must have a cumulative 3.5/4.0 GPA. Scholarship covers tuition and fees for up to four semesters. 



  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship


    Two separate scholarships awarded in the Fall semester cover up to four semesters of tuition. Eligibility is limited to members of Phi Theta Kappa. View/download the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship application form.

  • Latino Scholarship


    The Latino Scholarship is open to Governors State University students who meet the criteria below. The scholarship award is $1000.00 ($500.00 per semester). The deadline for submitting applications is July 1 for the Fall Semester and October 1 for Spring Semester.


    • At least one parent must be of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central American, South American or of other Latino ancestry regardless of race.
    • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester.
    • Must be admitted to a degree seeking program at GSU.


  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Scholarship Resources


    There are several scholarships available and they have varying deadlines. Learn more >>

  • Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program


    The SDS program provides scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program. 

  • Teacher Quality Partnership


    Teacher Quality Partnership is a Federal Department of Education grant to expand and refine teaching programs designed to raise student achievement and improve instruction in Chicago Southland school districts. Certification students will work with mentor-teachers in south suburban classrooms. They will be paid $30,000 during the one-year residency period, with that salary coming via the federal grant. Teacher candidates will work in high-need, low-income school districts and, after certification, will agree to teach for three years in the partner district. The grant provides funding for program residency placements. Learn more about the Alternative Teacher Certification Program.

  • Minority Teachers of Illinois


    The Minority Teacher of Illinois (MTI) scholarship was created for minority undergraduate and graduate students who want to pursue careers as teachers at preschool, elementary or secondary schools in Illinois. For more information and to apply, visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission's website at

  • DREAM Scholarship


    The Illinois Dream Fund application will reopen for the 2016-2017 academic year.



  • REACh Scholarship


    REACh is pleased to announce the “Carolyn Cooney REACh Your Goals” Scholarship Program for the Fall 2015 semester.  This program is designed to assist the growing number of adult learners, like you, who are returning to college.  REACh scholarships may be used towards the cost of attendance at your institution as determined by the financial aid department.

    To be eligible for the scholarship program, you must meet the following criteria:


    • be at least twenty-five years old at the time of application;
    • be enrolled in or admitted to a degree or certificate program at a college or university that is a member of the REACh organization (check our website,, for a list of member schools);
    • reside in the greater Chicagoland area;
    • be a US citizen or permanent resident;
    • be eligible to receive the REACh Scholarship per your institution’s financial aid guidelines;
    • Undergraduate students must have earned the equivalent of a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours or 15 quarter hours of college level credit at time of application; 
    • Graduate students must have earned the equivalent of a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale based on the last half of baccalaureate credit hours or based on 12 semester hours or 15 quarter hours of graduate level credit. 

    Please direct any questions to:

    Please submit your completed REACh application form by April 1, 2016 with all supporting documents to:

    REACh Scholarship Committee

    PO Box 4197

    Wheaton, IL 60189-4197


    • Study Abroad Scholarship


      The Study Abroad scholarship is open to Governors State University Students who meet the criteria in the scholarship packet.  If you are ready to explore study abroad you will find more information by going to the Office of International Services.  

      Study Abroad Scholarship packet