Governors State University Foundation and Alumni Association scholarship funding recognizes academic excellence and is awarded to deserving students in their pursuit of a GSU degree. More than 130 scholarships totalling over $85,000 in scholarship aid is being offered for the fall semester to GSU students via this in-house program.

Scholarship offerings for any given year are determined from a large list of scholarships, each of which has its own criteria and funding level. In addition, the number and scale of scholarships vary from year to year, based on available funds.

Please review eligibility, criteria, and deadlines for scholarships carefully. Students are responsible for submitting required documentation, including an application form (see Guidelines and Application below), on time and in a professional manner. Be sure to FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR OUR FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORE STUDENTS:  Freshmen and Sophomore students may apply for scholarships that are not major specific or that relate to your intended major, even though you may not have formally declared your major.  Refer to the college of your intended major for available scholarships.

 Scholarship offerings for the Fall, 2016 semester are listed below.

  If you are not a current student, please send us an email   to be placed on a notification list. 

Contact us  with questions or concerns.

  • Guidelines and Application - PLEASE READ

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    GSU Foundation Scholarship Instructions and Guidelines

    Important Scholarship Information:

    • Financial need scholarships require that a FASFA be on file at the time of application
    • Only one GSU Foundation scholarship may be awarded per academic year
    • All scholarships are applied to tuition and fees only, unless otherwise stated in the criteria, up to the maximum award. Unused funds will continue to be applied to the student's account for subsequent semesters during the same academic year, provided student continues to meet the minimum eligibility requirements.
    • A student is allowed to receive a tuition waiver and a scholarship up to but not to exceed the cost of tuition and fees.  Unused funds may be applied to subsequent semesters as outlined in the paragraph above.
    • Tuition payments - If you have not received official notification about your scholarship status by the tuition due date, you need to sign a tuition payment plan agreement and make the required payment. If you are awarded a scholarship after you've made a payment, your overpayment, if any, will be refunded to you if your scholarship award exceeds your balance due.
    • Scholarship funds will be posted to the student account after the final drop deadline.
    • Scholarships are rescinded if the student falls below the minimum number of hours required
    • Community Honors Scholars and employees of the university are not eligible.

    If you have any questions please call the Office of Financial Aid at 708-534-4480.

    APPLY:

    • Complete a separate application form for each scholarship
    • Put the name of the Scholarship at the top of your essay
    • IMPORTANT - DO NOT use your name or other personal identifier in or on your essay
    • Essay topics vary by scholarship. We urge you to visit the Writing Center for assistance with your essays.

     Submit TWO COMPLETE COPIES to:

    Scholarship Committee
    Room D34070
    Governors State University
    1 University Parkway
    University Park, IL 60484-0975

    • Winners will be notified by mail and/or email
    • Scholarship recipients are expected to attend a scholarship luncheon on Friday, April 28, 2017 to meet donors
    • Scholarship recipients are also required to have a photo taken and to submit a letter thanking the scholarship donors.

     

  • College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

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    Includes students in the following programs:

    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Anthropology and Sociology
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Communication
    • Communication and Training
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • English
    • Environmental Biology
    • English Teacher Education
    • History

    • Independent Film and Digital Imaging
    • Information Technology
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Master of Public Administration
    • Political and Justice Studies
    • Political Science
    • Public Administration
    Social Sciences
    • Theatre and Performance Studies

    The following scholarships REMAIN OPEN for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Arts and Sciences for the Fall term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application above for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Monday, August 1  

    Dr. Lowell W. Culver Fellowship in Public Administration

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a graduate student in Public Administration
    • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
    • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours

    Documentation Required:

    • Biographical essay (500 words) addressing how an MPA from GSU will be a benefit to a career in the public sector. Finalists must show promise in their selected career.

    Master of Public Administration Scholarship

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking student enrolled in the MPA program at GSU. 
    • Good academic standing with a minimum 3.70 cumulative GPA
    • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Have at least 21 hours of earned credit in the MPA Program at GSU

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (1 or two pages) describing how he/she expects to benefit from a Master’s in Public Administration degree.
    Dental Personnel Placement Service, Inc. Community Service Scholarship
    Award:                                 One at $500 

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a transfer student from Prairie State College’s Dental Hygiene Program
    • Must be seeking an undergraduate degree in Science
    • Must be a degree seeking student enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

    Documentation Required:  

    • Must submit a letter of reference for volunteer service, preferably in the dental field
    • Submit a 500 word essay on why you chose your field of study
    Dr. William E. Engbretson Endowed Scholarship in Art and Sculpture

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • GSU student of sculpture or art
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Financial need is not a factor.

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1,000 words) describing academic and/or experiential excellence in the creation of art or sculpture.  
    • Submit photos of student work
    • One letter of recommendation from a professor is recommended

    Leo & Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Endowed Scholarship in Media Communications Technology

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate communications major
    • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA undergraduate; minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA graduate
    • Must have completed at least nine hours of course work at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (750 words or less) on “How I Intend to Use My Studies in New Media Communications Technology to Affect Socioeconomic, Educational, and/or Political Change.”
    Henne and Kovach Family Award in Chemistry

    Award:                                 One at $500 (Follett Bookstore gift card)

    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking student in the College of Arts and Sciences
    • Must enroll in or have taken Bio-Chemistry 4331 (with a C or better)
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

    Documentation Required:                                                                                                            

    • Essay (500 words) describing how you feel bio-chemistry will impact your career choice.

    Mathematics Student Teaching Scholarship

    Award:                                 One at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking or Mathematics Certificate student. 
    • Enrolled in EDUC 4999 course or be approved for Student Teaching
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 12 credit hours
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • United States citizen.

    Documentation Required: 

    • Submit a copy of your essay (two pages – 1” margins) that was submitted for admission into the student teaching program that describes your Philosophy of Education, Mathematics Education. This paper reflects your beliefs about teaching and learning as developed during your coursework and during the student teaching experience. Your essay will be reviewed from the aspects of GSU Professional Education Unit’s conceptual framework addressing areas of knowledge, skills, and dispositions included in your paper. Your beliefs about mathematics teaching will also be reviewed
    Success in Mathematics Scholarship

    Award:                         Five at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking Mathematics student (BA or MA) 
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Minority and women preferred but not required.

    Documentation Required: 

    • Submit a 500 word essay on why you chose your field of study
     

  • College of Business Scholarships

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    Includes students in the following programs:

    • Accounting
    • Business Administration
    • Business and Applied Science
    • Economics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Human Resource Management
    • Management
    • Management Information Systems
    • Manufacturing Management
    • Marketing
    • Operations & Supply Chain Management 

    The following scholarships REMAINS OPEN for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Business for the Fall 2016 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Monday, August 1, 2016

     

    Martin Anthonisen Scholarship

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Enrolled in GSU’s Finance degree program 
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Returning adult student with financial need
    • Must be United States Citizen
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) discussing reasons for choosing a career in finance, and indicating financial need.
    American Logistics Association Endowed Scholarship

    Award:                                 One at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate and graduate College of Business students in pursuit of a career in logistics, marketing, business management, or accounting; or IDSS students with a minor in business, marketing, accounting or communications.
    • Must be a veteran or active in the military or a federal civil service employee, or be a dependent of a veteran with an honorable discharge or a dependent of a federal civil service employee.
    • Must also be a member of a household within a 50-mile radius of Chicago.

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) covering observance of restrictions, experience in logistics, business management or accounting, and academic/career aspirations in logistics/supply chain/distribution related field.
    • Two letters of recommendation from a GSU faculty member and/or administrator, or from employment supervisors 
    Donald Dolan Endowed Business Scholarship

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate or graduate
    • CBPA students seeking a degree in business administration
    • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Good academic standing at GSU or prior school
    • Financial need is a criterion  
    • United States citizen and resident of Illinois

    Documentation Required:

    Essay (500 words) discussing career aspirations in the field of production and manufacturing.  

    Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship

    Award:                                 Two at $500 

    Eligibility:  

    • Undergraduate College of Business students pursuing a degree in Manufacturing Management
    • Must be enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Must have an associate degree in a manufacturing-related area of interest

    Documentation Required

    • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations and desire to work in the area of manufacturing management 

    Scholarship for Finance or Accounting Students

    Award:                                 Five at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting or a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.
    • Undergraduate student in good academic standing at GSU
    • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Financial need is a criterion as evidenced by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid Process)
    • Must be a United States citizen and resident of Illinois

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1,000 words) explaining your definition of ethical behavior as it relates to the finance/accounting fields.

  • College of Education Scholarships

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    Includes students in the following programs:

    • Counseling
    • Counselor Education and Supervision
    • Education
    • Educational Administration
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Interdisciplinary Leadership
    • Psychology
    • Reading and Literacy
    • School Psychology
    • Secondary Education
    • Teaching
    • Multicategorical Special Education
    • Urban Teacher Education

    The following scholarships REMAIN OPEN for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Education for the Fall 2016 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Monday, August 1, 2016


    Matteson Rotary Club

    Award: One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Students working toward a career in the public schools
    • Live in the service area of Richton Park, Olympia Fields, and Matteson.
    • Preference is given to those who intend to work in schools in underserved areas
    • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Financial need is considered.

    Documentation Required:

    • Biographical essay (250 to 500 words) describing career goals and how this award will impact your education

    Burton Collins Scholarship

    Award: One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Enrolled in School Counseling Program
    • Must have candidacy, or completing candidacy, during the term of application
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Financial need is a criterion

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1000 words) addressing commitment to working with people, overcoming life's obstacles, reason for financial need and clarity of career goals.
    • Two letters of recommendation are required, addressing the applicant's suitability for a career in School Counseling, including qualities such as humor, perseverance, appreciation of diversity, and capacity for leadership
    Dr. Judith A. Cooney Memorial Scholarship in Counseling

    Award: One at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Enrolled in School Counseling Program
    • Must have candidacy, or completing candidacy, during the term of application
    • Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA
    • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 9 credit hours (If enrolled in less than nine credit hours (but a minimum of six hours) the award may be prorated and applied to the next term until fully expended.
    • Financial need is a criterion

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1000 words) addressing commitment to working with people, overcoming life's obstacles, reason for financial need and clarity of career goals.
    • Two letters of recommendation are required, addressing the applicant's suitability for a career in School Counseling, including qualities such as compassion, humor, courage, ethical behavior, commitment, etc.
    Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

    Award: Up to $23,546

    • Half will be disbursed in fall semester and half in spring semester if the student maintains eligibility each semester

    Eligibility:

    • Students must fill out a FASFA Form
    • Students must meet the economic criteria based on adjusted gross income
    • The award can be given each year the student is in the program until they graduate.

    Documentation Required:

    • Student Application
    • FASFA Form
    Behavioral Workforce Education Training Grant for Paraprofessional and Professionals U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant

    Award: One at $10,000

    Eligibility:

    • Student must be enrolled in internship
    • Student must work with at-risk children, adolescents, or transitioning youth

    Documentation Required:

    • Student Application

     

  • College of Health and Human Services Scholarships

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    Includes students in the following programs:

    • Addictions Studies
    • Communication Disorders
    • Community Health
    • Health Administration
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy

    The following scholarships REMAIN OPEN for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Health and Human Services for the Fall 2016 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Monday, August 1, 2016

     

    Axiom Integrated Services Scholarship

    Award:                                 One at $750 (GRADUATE STUDENT)

    Eligibility:

    • Graduate degree seeking students in Health Care Administration Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.0 (at GSU  or former college/university)
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of six credit hours
    • United States Citizen
    • Financial need is a criterion (a FAFSA form is required)

    Documentation Required:

    • A letter of reference from a professor discussing their commitment to Health Administration and their ability to think on their feet
    • Essay (500 words) discussing the reasons you chose a career in Health Care Administration and your commitment to the field.

    James and Helen Hassett, and Mary Ann Faitz Endowed Scholarship in Nursing

    Award:                                 One at $750

    Eligibility:

    • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking  student in GSU’s nursing program for Family Nurse Practitioner program
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Good academic standing
    • United States citizen and an Illinois resident

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) describing your commitment to a career in nursing, the reasons for choosing the field, and your financial need.
    Henne and Kovach Family Award in Chemistry

    Award:                                 One at $500 (Follett Bookstore gift card)

    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking student in the College of Arts and Sciences or College of Health Professions
    • Must enroll in or have taken Bio-Chemistry 4331 (with a C or better)
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

    Documentation Required:                                                                                                            

    • Essay (500 words) describing how you feel bio-chemistry will impact your career choice
    J-May Advanced Degree in Nursing Award

    Award:                                 One at $497

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a degree seeking student enrolled in the GSU Doctorate of Nursing Practice program
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

    Documentation Required: 

    • Essay (500 words) on how this award will make a difference to you and your pursuit of a DNP.  Applicant must document service to the community or professions

    Dr. W. Prince and Elsie McLemore Endowed Scholarship for Physical Therapy

    Award:                                 Two at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate and graduate physical therapy students
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
    • Must have completed at least nine hours at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours 
    • Must be a minority.

    Documentation Required:

    • Submit an essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your qualifications.