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 180 scholarships totaling over $150,000 in scholarship aid was offered for the fall semester to GSU students via this in-house program.  Spring scholarship offering is shown below

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 Spring, 2018 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
    • 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 may be asked to attend a scholarship event later in the year to meet donors
    • Scholarship recipients are also required to have a photo taken, to submit a letter thanking the scholarship donors, and are strongly encouraged to participate in the GSU Foundation Phone-a-thon.

     

  • 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 are available for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Arts and Sciences for the Spring, 2018 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application above for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 19, 2018 


     Dr. Daniel Bernd Endowed Scholarship in English Literature

    Award:                                 Three at $2,000

    Eligibility:

    • Must be seeking an undergraduate degree in English literature
    • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
    • Demonstrated commitment to, and genuine success in, the study of English literature.
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours 
     Documentation Required:   

    One page biographical essay describing your commitment to the study of English literature.

    DDP – Male Success Initiative

    Award:                           $500

    Eligibility:

     

    • Must be a current Dual Degree Program student
    • Must be part of the Male Success Initiative program
    • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
    • Dreamers are eligible to apply
    • Scholarship is applied first to outstanding tuition and fees.  Any award over that amount will be applied to the GSU One Card

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) describing your academic/professional experience and goals, and how receiving this scholarship will help you achieve those goals.  Mention of your community service, extracurricular activities, and leadership skills is highly encouraged.

    Dr. Lowell W. Culver Fellowship in Public Administration

    Award:                                 One at $1,000

    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 $1,000

    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.

      Chuck Klaas Memorial Scholarship

      Award:                                 One at $1,000

      Eligibility:

      • Degree seeking student majoring in Communications/Digital Learning/Media Design 
      • Good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
      • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Must be a United States Citizen

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (500 words) including any information about yourself, your academic/professional/personal goals, financial need, and any other information you deem pertinent
      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 

      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 OR EDUC 8970 course
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 12 credit hours (undergrad) or 9 credit hours (graduate)
      • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA of 3.0

      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:                         One 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

      Lorraine Fontana Endowed Memorial Scholarship

      Award:                                         Five at $1,000 

       Eligibility:

      • Degree seeking student in the College of Business or College of Arts and Sciences
      • Majoring in Management Information Systems, Accounting, Finance or Information Technology 
      • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, in good academic standing
      • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • United States Citizen

      Documentation Required: 

      • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals and how this award will impact your education.

        Rich Township Community Scholarships

        Award:                                 Six at $500 
         
        Eligibility:  
        • Must live or work in Rich Township, Illinois  (South of 183rd, West of Western Ave, East of Harlem, North of Steger Rd)
        • 22 years of age or older
        • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking student at GSU
        • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
        • Rich Township officials or employees, or family members of officials or employees are not eligible
        • Preference is given to the a) Spouse of Military Reservist called to active duty; b) Single parent in the process of completing degree requirements; c) Recently unemployed person in process of training for a new career; or d) Veterans whose benefits do not cover textbooks.  This is not a requirement
         Documentation Required:
        • Essay (300 -500 words) outlining their career goals. Essay should include a description on how you fit into one or more of the above preferences, if applicable.

        Matteson Rotary Club

        Award:                                 One at $500

        Eligibility:

        • Students living in the service area of Richton Park, Olympia Fields, and Matteson.
        • 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.
         

        Ralph R. and Dolores Turner Endowed Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Learning

         

        Award:                                 One at $1,000 

        Eligibility:

        • Must be a returning African-American student, at least 30 years in age
        • Degree seeking student in Interdisciplinary Learning
        • Undergraduate student in good academic standing
        • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
        • Substantiate an active commitment to, and involvement in, community service.
        • Must be a resident of Illinois and a United States citizen
        Documentation Required:  
        • Essay (500 to 1000 words) documenting commitment to, and involvement in, community service.
        • Letters of support may be submitted from a professor.
         

      • 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 are available for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Business for the Spring 2018 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 19, 2018  

         

        American Logistics Association Endowed Scholarship

          Award:                                 Two 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.
        Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship or Supply Chain Management Scholarship

        Award:                                 One at $1,000  

        Eligibility:  

        • Undergraduate College of Business students pursuing a degree in Supply Chain Management or Manufacturing Management
        • Must be enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours
        • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

        Documentation Required

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

        DDP – Male Success Initiative

        Award:                           $500

        Eligibility:

        • Must be a current Dual Degree Program student
        • Must be part of the Male Success Initiative program
        • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
        • Dreamers are eligible to apply
        • Scholarship is applied first to outstanding tuition and fees.  Any award over that amount will be applied to the GSU One Card

        Documentation Required:

        Essay (500 words) describing your academic/professional experience and goals, and how receiving this scholarship will help you achieve those goals.  Mention of your community service, extracurricular activities, and leadership skills is highly encouraged.

          The Wilbur L. Morrison Endowed Scholarship

          Award:                                 Four at $1,000

          Eligibility:

          • Course of study must be leading to a business degree 
          • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
          • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
          • Must be a United States citizen and resident of Illinois

          Documentation Required:

          • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) indicating education and work experience, along with reasons to be considered for the award.

          Scholarship for Finance or Accounting Students

          Award:                                 Two 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.

          Lorraine Fontana Endowed Memorial Scholarship

          Award:                                         Five at $1,000 

           Eligibility:

          • Degree seeking student in the College of Business or College of Arts and Sciences
          • Majoring in Management Information Systems, Accounting, Finance or Information Technology 
          • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, in good academic standing
          • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
          • United States Citizen

          Documentation Required: 

          • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals and how this award will impact your education.

          Matteson Rotary Club

           

           Award:                                 One at $500

           Eligibility:

          • Students living in the service area of Richton Park, Olympia Fields, and Matteson.
          • 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.

             Rich Township Community Scholarships

             

            Award:                                 Six at $500      

             Eligibility:  

            • Must live or work in Rich Township, Illinois  (South of 183rd St, West of Western Ave, North of Steger Rd, East of Harlem Ave)
            • 22 years of age or older
            • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking student at GSU
            • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
            • Rich Township officials or employees, or family members of officials or employees are not eligible
            • Preference is given to the a) Spouse of Military Reservist called to active duty; b) Single parent in the process of completing degree requirements; c) Recently unemployed person in process of training for a new career; or d) Veterans whose benefits do not cover textbooks.  This is not a requirement
             Documentation Required:
            • Essay (300 -500 words) outlining their career goals. Essay should include a description on how you fit into one or more of the above preferences, if applicable.
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            COB Student Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship

            Award:                 One at $2,000

            Eligibility:

            • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student in the College of Business and Public Administration
            • Completed minimum of twelve graded hours at GSU
            • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
            • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
            • US Citizen and resident of Illinois

            Documentation Required:

            • Essay (500 words) discussing commitment to school and community service as well as leadership qualities
            • Two letters of recommendation from COB Faculty members attesting to service commitment and leadership qualities

            Donald and Helen Morrison Endowed Scholarship in Business

             

             Award:                                 One at $1,000

             Eligibility:

            • Students must express an interest in a career involving an entrepreneurial role in business or industry with a preference to be given to students interested in pursuing a career in retail business.
            • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
            • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
            • US Citizen and Illinois resident

             Documentation Required:

            • Biographical essay (500 to 1000 words) describing education and work experience, career goals, and how you plan to make a difference in the world.
            • Letter of recommendation from a counselor, administrator, dean, division chair, or a faculty member testifying to commitment and capability for entrepreneurship is required.
             
             

          • 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 Spring 2017 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 19, 2018  

            Burton Collins Scholarship

            Award:                                One at $1,000  

            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:                                     Two 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.

            Matteson Rotary Club

             

            Award:                                 One at $500

            Eligibility:

            • Students living in the service area of Richton Park, Olympia Fields, and Matteson.
            • 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.

            DDP – Male Success Initiative

            Award:                           $500

            Eligibility:

            • Must be a current Dual Degree Program student
            • Must be part of the Male Success Initiative program
            • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
            • Dreamers are eligible to apply
            • Scholarship is applied first to outstanding tuition and fees.  Any award over that amount will be applied to the GSU One Card

            Documentation Required:

            Essay (500 words) describing your academic/professional experience and goals, and how receiving this scholarship will help you achieve those goals.  Mention of your community service, extracurricular activities, and leadership skills is highly encouraged.

            Rich Township Community Scholarships

              Award:                                 Six at $500 

             Eligibility:  

            • Must live or work in Rich Township, Illinois  (South of 183rd St, West of Western Avenue, East of Harlem, North of Steger Rd)
            • 22 years of age or older
            • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking student at GSU
            • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
            • Rich Township officials or employees, or family members of officials or employees are not eligible
            • Preference is given to the a) Spouse of Military Reservist called to active duty; b) Single parent in the process of completing degree requirements; c) Recently unemployed person in process of training for a new career; or d) Veterans whose benefits do not cover textbooks.  This is not a requirement
             Documentation Required:
            • Essay (300 -500 words) outlining their career goals. Essay should include a description on how you fit into one or more of the above preferences, if applicable. 
             

            Dr. Keith W. Smith Memorial Scholarship  

              

            Award:                                 One at $1,000

             Eligibility:  
            • Pursuing a career in higher education (teaching, administration, research, etc. at the college or university level) 
            • Graduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU 
            • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
            • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours 
            • US Citizen and Illinois resident
            • Financial need is a requirement as evidenced by FASFA  

            Documentation Required:

            • Letter of recommendation from the dean
            • Essay (500 to 1,000 words) describing your desire to work in higher education (teaching, research, administration, etc. at college or university level), career goals and financial need.
             

          • 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 Spring 2018 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 19, 2018

            Axiom Integrated Services Scholarship

              Award:                                 One at $750

            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.

            DDP – Male Success Initiative

            Award:                           $500

            Eligibility:

            • Must be a current Dual Degree Program student
            • Must be part of the Male Success Initiative program
            • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
            • Dreamers are eligible to apply
            • Scholarship is applied first to outstanding tuition and fees.  Any award over that amount will be applied to the GSU One Card

            Documentation Required:

            Essay (500 words) describing your academic/professional experience and goals, and how receiving this scholarship will help you achieve those goals.  Mention of your community service, extracurricular activities, and leadership skills is highly encouraged.

             

            Marie Gray Bertz Memorial Endowed Scholarship

              Award:                                 One at $500

            Eligibility:

            • Undergraduate women returning to school who have not enrolled at another institution for at least two years before coming to GSU
            • Pursuing a career in health professions
            • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
            • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

            Documentation Required:

            • Essay (500 words) outlining your career goals and why you should received this scholarship.

            Rich Township Community Scholarships

              Award:                                Six at $500 

             Eligibility: 


            • Must live or work in Rich Township, Illinois 
            • 22 years of age or older
            • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking student at GSU
            • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
            • Rich Township officials or employees, or family members of officials or employees are not eligible
            • Preference is given to the a) Spouse of Military Reservist called to active duty; b) Single parent in the process of completing degree requirements; c) Recently unemployed person in process of training for a new career; or d) Veterans whose benefits do not cover textbooks.  This is not a requirement
             Documentation Required:
            • Essay (300 -500 words) outlining their career goals. Essay should include a description on how you fit into one or more of the above preferences, if applicable.
             

            Matteson Rotary Club

            Award:                                 One at $500

            Eligibility:

            • Students living in the service area of Richton Park, Olympia Fields, and Matteson.
            • 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.