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 totaling over $85,000 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, 2017 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 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, 2017 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application above for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Monday, February 6, 2017

     

     

    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.

    Chuck Klaas Memorial Scholarship

    Award:                                 Two at $500

    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 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:                         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

    Respond to Violence

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Have been impacted by violence or are working in the community to address issued relating to violence
    • Degree seeking student at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
    Documentation Required: 
     
    • Essay (300 -500 words) describing why you should be selected, your future plans to work toward violence prevention, and how the scholarship will help in your educational pursuits.

    Rich Township Community Scholarships

    Award:                                 Four 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.

  • 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 Spring 2017 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Monday, February 6, 2017

     

    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 

    The Wilbur L. Morrison Endowed Scholarship

    Award:                                 One at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Course of studey 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:                                 Three at $2,000

    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.

    Respond to Violence

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Have been impacted by violence or are working in the community to address issued relating to violence
    • Degree seeking student at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

    Documentation Required: 

    • Essay (300 -500 words) describing why you should be selected, your future plans to work toward violence prevention, and how the scholarship will help in your educational pursuits.

    Rich Township Community Scholarships

     Award:                                 Four 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.

  • 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 Monday, February 6, 2017  



    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.

    Respond to Violence

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Have been impacted by violence or are working in the community to address issued relating to violence
    • Degree seeking student at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

    Documentation Required: 

    • Essay (300 -500 words) describing why you should be selected, your future plans to work toward violence prevention, and how the scholarship will help in your educational pursuits.

    Rich Township Community Scholarships

     Award:                                 Four 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. 
     

    Ralph R. and Dolores Turner Endowed Scholarship in Education

    Award:                                 One at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a returning African-American student, at least 30 years in age
    • Degree seeking student in Elementary Education
    • 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.
    • 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 in the division Elementary Education.

     

  • 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 2017 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Monday, February 6, 2017

    Respond to Violence

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Have been impacted by violence or are working in the community to address issued relating to violence
    • Degree seeking student at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

    Documentation Required: 

    Essay (300 -500 words) describing why you should be selected, your future plans to work toward violence prevention, and how the scholarship will help in your educational pursuits.

     

    Rich Township Community Scholarships

     Award:                                 Four 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.