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


    Governors State University Presidential Scholarship

    The highest scholarship honor is the GSU Presidential Scholarship. Up to two students receive the 2018 Presidential Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to 30 credit hours each academic year (fall, spring, summer), academic year semi-suite housing in GSU’s residence hall, a Silver board plan ($1000 per semester), and $500.00 toward books per semester at the GSU Follett Bookstore.

    Presidential Scholarship Information

    Presidential Scholarship Application

  • 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. 



  • Dual Degree Program Chicago STAR Scholars Scholarship


    This scholarship is for high-achieving, first-time, transfer students who are enrolled in the Dual Degree Program and the Chicago STAR Scholars program. Students must have a cumulative 3.25/4.0 GPA. There are two (2) scholarship categories: one scholarship award covers $2,000 for books/campus dining ($1,000 per fall and spring semester each) for a maximum of four (4) semesters; and the other covers $7,200 annually for campus housing for a maximum of two (2) years.

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Scholarship Resources


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

  • Behavioral Workforce Education and Training


    The Behavioral Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant gives students $10,000 for internship, free training materials on trauma and integrated primary care, free training on trauma and integrated primary care, and $1,500 toward attending a conference. Students must be starting internship in the Spring. Students will receive half of the funds in their first internship and the other half in their second semester of internship.

    Participants must agree to:


    • Learn about trauma across the lifespan and integrated primary care.
    • Attend 3 workshops at GSU (grant will pay for the workshops—no cost to student).
    • Attend once-a-month meetings (some will be online and some will be in-person)
    • Attend a conference in your professional field (each student will receive up to $1,500 to cover the costs of the conference, travel, and food).
    • Agree to provide the program with information about your job post- graduation.
    • Complete an online trauma training (the cost will be covered by the grant—no cost to student).



  • Student Loan Hero Scholarship


    Student Loan Hero $1,000 Scholarship

    All applicants must be actively enrolled at least part-time in college/university.

    To enter, please submit a short essay (500 words or less) answering one of the following questions:


    • What financial challenges have you overcome growing up?
    • How will receiving this scholarship help you achieve your future financial goals?
    • How will you manage your money both during and after college to make smart financial decisions?


    Spring 2017 Semester


    • Opens: Nov. 15
    • Deadline: Jan. 15
    • Winner Contacted: Jan. 30

    Fall 2017 Semester


    • Opens: June 15
    • Deadline: Aug. 15
    • Winner Contacted: Aug. 30 

    Student Loan Hero Scholarship Application



  • Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program


    Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students is a grant program that provides funds to eligible accredited U.S. health professions schools to make scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have financial need and are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full time students. Funds for this program are provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services. The funds at GSU are used to support Doctor of Physical Therapy students and Masters in Counseling students. 


    MA Counseling Students (even ones who have already been awarded monies) must apply by July 1 for the Fall semesters and November 1 for the Spring semesters. Please use the following link to apply MA Counseling SDS Application. 

    Doctoral of Physical Therapy Students please contact for more information.

  • 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 2017 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, 2017 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


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