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 150 scholarships totaling over $135,000 in scholarship aid is being offered for the Fall 2017 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) for each scholarship, on time and in a professional manner. Be sure to FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:  A new scholarship was created for F1 Student Visa students.  The application deadline for those scholarship only is July 1, 2017.  Click on the "International Students" link below for more information

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. 

 Scholarship offerings for the Fall, 2017 semester are now closed.  The deadline was in April.

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

Contact us  with questions or concerns.

  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (F1 Student Visa students)

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    International Student Scholarship Awards (NEW)

    Two at $1,000
    Four at $500
    Four at $250

    • Application Deadline – July 1 2017
    • Winners will be notified by July 15, 2017
    • Winners must accept the award by July 28, 2017
    • Scholarship funds will be posted to the student account after the final drop deadline in the Fall 2017 semester
    • 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.
    • Scholarships are rescinded if the student falls below the minimum number of hours required

    Scholarship Criteria:

    • Student must be planning on studying at Governors State University using an F1 Student Visa
    • Current GSU International Students may apply as long as they are not entering their final semester of studies
    • 500 word essay on why you chose to attend Governors State University and how this scholarship will help you achieve your academic goals.

    Click here to apply

  • 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
    • 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 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.

     

  • Freshman and Sophomore Scholarships

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    Scholarships available to Freshman and Sophomore students:

     IMPORTANT NOTE

    If the scholarship criteria requires a particular degree program, Freshmen and Sophomore students may apply for the scholarship IF their “intended major” is on file with admissions for that program.

     

    Alumni Association Scholarship Honoring Rosemary Hulett

    Award:             Two at $500

     Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.75
    • Must have financial need (FAFSA required)

     Documentation Required:

    • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) discussing your career aspirations

    American Logistics Association Endowed Scholarship

     

    Award:                         Three at $1,000

     Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate and graduate COB students in pursuit of a career in logistics, marketing, business management, or accounting; or IDSS/SIDL 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

    David and Barbara Barr Endowed Scholarship

     Award:                         Three at $500

     Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student
    • Preference given to students enrolled in School of Education or who have announced intention to pursue a career in elementary or secondary education in the south suburbs of Chicago and/or eastern portions of Will County.
    • Preference will be given to students who are currently teachers in elementary or secondary education in service area.
    • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Financial need and scholastic achievement will be considered.

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) indicating how you will use your degree to pursue a career in elementary or secondary education in the south suburbs of Chicago or in the eastern portions of Will County, your scholastic achievements, and financial need.

    Ronald Bean Community Service Scholarship

    Award:             One at $500

     Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Demonstrate engagement in community volunteer services.
    • United States citizen.

     Documentation Required:

    • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) demonstrating a history of and desire to continue volunteering in the community.    
    • Two letters of recommendation from a volunteer organization. 

    Donald Dolan Endowed Business Scholarship

     Award:                         One at $1,000

     Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate or graduate
    • COB 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.

     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

    $100 Follett-GSU Textbook Voucher

    Award:                         Thirty at $100 (Follett Gift Card) 

     Eligibility:

    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.25 for graduates
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (300 words) outlining how you intend to use your GSU degree.

    First Midwest Bank Scholarship

    Award:             Two at $500 

     Eligibility:

    • Must be a Freshman, degree seeking student
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Undergraduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 12 credit hours
    • Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement. 
    Documentation Required:
    • Essay (500-1000 words) describing any personal information, academic, professional, or philanthropic goals that the applicant deems pertinent. 

    Lorraine Fontana Endowed Memorial Scholarship

    Award:                         Seven at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking student in the College of Business and Public Administration 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

     Dr. Katherine Gavin Scholarship

     Award:                         One at $500

     Eligibility: 

    • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student  majoring in the field of Science or Health
    • Minimum 3.0 (undergraduate) or 3.25 (graduate) cumulative GPA in good academic standing
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • United States citizen
    • Must demonstrate financial need. 

     Documentation Required: 

    • Essay (300 to 600 words) outlining your commitment to a career in the field of science or health and give rationale for selecting the career.  Include any volunteer community service(s) performed.
    • Two letters of recommendation from non-family member.

    The Dr. Lowell Goldberg Health or Community Service Endowed Award

     Award:                         One at $1,000

     Eligibility:

    • Graduate or undergraduate student
    • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Must be recommended by a GSU faculty member, division chair or dean based on scholarship and leadership qualities, interest in GSU, and commitment to health service or community service, preferably in the southern suburbs.

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1000 words) including your biographical information, service activities and career goals.
    • Letter of recommendation from the faculty, division chair, or dean.

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

     

    Award:                         Two 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”.

    Donald W. Hansen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

     Award:                         Two at $1,200

     Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate or graduate student
    • Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 15 hours of graded work at GSU within the two previous years.

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) describing your academic excellence and leadership abilities.
    • Letters of recommendation which attest to your academic excellence, leadership, and community service.

    Human Resource Department Scholarship

    Award:                            One at $500 in the form of a Follett Bookstore Gift Card 

     Eligibility:

    • Available to all students with a commitment to the GSU Community
    • Must be enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Must have financial need

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations and your commitment to Governors State University and the community

    Jassac Charitable Foundation Scholarship Honoring Lorine S. Samuels

    Award:                         Two at $500 (Follett Gift Card)

    Eligibility:

    • Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from GSU or most recent school
    • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours
    • African American student preferred

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations.

    Chuck Klaas Memorial Scholarship

    Award:                         One at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Degree-seeking student majoring in Communications/Digital Learning/Media Design
    • Minimum 2.0 GPA and be in good academic standing
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a 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

     Manilow Scholarship for Students Who Achieve Intellectual Excellence

     Award:                         Four  at $500

     Eligibility:

    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in any field
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Demonstrate academic excellence and determination to complete their degree.
    • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
    • Financial may be considered

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your candidacy and career goals and how your degree will benefit your career. Include a brief bio describing your educational and employment history and accomplishments as they relate to career goals.
    • Letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator may be submitted.

     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.

     Dr. W. Prince and Elise McLemore Scholarship for Elementary Education

     Award:                         Two at $1,000

     Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate or graduate students in Elementary Education
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Must have completed at least nine hours at GSU
    • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Must be a minority

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your qualifications.

     Monsignor Ignatius D. McDermott Endowed Scholarship

     Award:                         Two at $1,000

     Eligibility:

    • Preference will be given to students in Addiction Studies or Social Work, although any CHHS student is eligible.
    • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at GSU or former school, and good academic standing
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Applicant must show personal goal of serving the underserved, preferably with work or volunteer experience.
    • Financial need is not a requirement but may be considered if demonstrated.

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1000 words) containing a brief bio, describing commitment to wanting to make a difference in society, volunteer experience,  and relating experience/career aspirations in the field of addiction and recovery, and financial need, if applicable.
    • Letters of support from faculty, administrators, and current or previous employers are encouraged.

    Francisco Montalvo Endowed Scholarship

    Award:                         2 at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a degree seeking student at Governors State University
    • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
    • Hispanic or Spanish speaking student preferred
    • Must have financial need as evidenced by the current FASFA
    • Preference given to a student with interest in labor/union rights.

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) describing reasons for career choice.

    Donald and Helen Morrison Endowed Scholarship in Business

     Award:                         Six 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.

    The Wilbur L. Morrison Endowed Scholarship

     Award:                         Six at $1,000

     Eligibility:

    • Course of study must be leading to a business degree.
    • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student
    • 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) indicating education and work experience, along with reasons to be considered for the award.
    • Letter of reference from dean, division chair or faculty member detailing student’s commitment to and/or experience in retailing.

     

    Virginia M. Pizza Endowed Scholarship in Geriatric Care

     

    Award:                         One at $500

     Eligibility:

    • Student must be preparing for a career that involves geriatric care
    • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA 
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours (graduate) or 6 credit hours (undergraduate).
    • United States citizen and resident of Illinois

     Documentation Required:

    • Students may submit letters of recommendation from their dean or division chair documenting eligibility in nursing, speech pathology, OP/PT, social work, allied health, or psychology. Recommendation letters must testify to their character, commitment to working with the elderly. 
    • Biographical essay documenting your interest in working with the elderly, you need for financial assistance, and how the scholarship will help you reach your goals.

     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:                         Three 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.

    Second Chance Scholarship

     Award:                         One at $500

     Eligibility:

    • Must be an individual returning to society after a period of incarceration
    • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
    • Must be in good academic standing
    • Financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (300 -500 words) on how this scholarship will affect your career aspirations and how it will assist with your financial need.

  • 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 Fall, 2017 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application above for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, April 14, 2017

    Academic Advisors’ Scholarship

    Award:             Two at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Graduate programs, degree seeking student
    • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Financial need is not a criterion

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals, how you chose your academic program, and the impact that Academic Advising had on your education.

    Alumni Association Scholarship Honoring Rosemary Hulett

    Award:             Two at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.75
    • Must have financial need (FAFSA required)

    Documentation Required:

    • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) discussing your career aspirations

    Ronald Bean Community Service Scholarship

    Award:             One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Demonstrate engagement in community volunteer services
    • United States citizen.

      Documentation Required:

    • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) demonstrating a history of and desire to continue volunteering in the community.    
    • Two letters of recommendation from a volunteer organization. 

    Dr. Daniel Bernd Endowed Scholarship in English Literature

    Award:                         Four at $2,000  

    Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate degree seeking student 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.

    David Bernstein Endowed Scholarship in English

    Eligibility:

    Award:                         One at $2,000  

    Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate majors in English or English education
    • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
    • Must have completed two trimesters at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) describing qualifications, emphasizing your contributions to the English division through classroom participation and tutoring.

    Dr. Lowell W. Culver Fellowship in Public Administration

    Award:                         Two 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.

    Dental Personnel Placement Service, Inc. Community Service Scholarship

    Award:                         One at $500  

    • 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

    First Midwest Bank Scholarship

    Award:             Two at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a Freshman, degree seeking student
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Undergraduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 12 credit hours
    • Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement.  

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500-1000 words) describing any personal information, academic, professional, or philanthropic goals that the applicant deems pertinent. 

    $100 Follett-GSU Textbook Voucher

    Award:                         Thirty at $100 (Follett Gift Card)

    Eligibility:

    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.25 for graduates
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (300 words) outlining how you intend to use your GSU degree.

    Lorraine Fontana Endowed Memorial Scholarship

    Award:               Seven at $1,000                     
    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking student in the College of Business or College of Arts and Science
    • 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.

    Dr. Katherine Gavin Scholarship

    Award:                         One at $500

    Eligibility: 

    • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student  majoring in the field of Science or Health
    • Minimum 3.0 (undergraduate) or 3.25 (graduate) cumulative GPA in good academic standing
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • United States citizen
    • Must demonstrate financial need. 

    Documentation Required: 

    • Essay (300 to 600 words) outlining your commitment to a career in the field of science or health and give rationale for selecting the career.  Include any volunteer community service(s) performed
    • Two letters of recommendation from non-family member.

    The Dr. Lowell Goldberg Health or Community Service Endowed Award

    Award:                         One at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Graduate or undergraduate student
    • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Must be recommended by a GSU faculty member, division chair or dean based on scholarship and leadership qualities, interest in GSU, and commitment to health service or community service, preferably in the southern suburbs.

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1000 words) including your biographical information, service activities and career goals.
    • Letter of recommendation from the faculty, division chair, or dean.

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

    Award:                         Two 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”.

    Donald W. Hansen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

      Award:                         Two at $1,200

    Eligibility:

    • Undergraduate or graduate student
    • Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 15 hours of graded work at GSU within the two previous years.

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) describing your academic excellence and leadership abilities.
    • Letters of recommendation which attest to your academic excellence, leadership, and community service. 

    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.

    Stephen R. Hyzny, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

    Award:                         Two at $750

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a female student
    • Minimum 2.0 GPA
    • Degree seeking student in Information Technology
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • United States Citizen

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1,000 words)  describing how you plan to use your degree

    Human Resource Department Scholarship

    Award:                                 One at $500 (Follett Bookstore Gift Card)

     Eligibility:

    • Available to all students with a commitment to the GSU Community
    • Must be enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Must have financial need

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations and your commitment to Governors State University and the community

    Jassac Charitable Foundation Scholarship Honoring Lorine S. Samuels

    Award:                         Two at $500 (Follett Gift Card)

    Eligibility:

    • Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from GSU or most recent school
    • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours
    • African American student preferred

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations.

    Chuck Klaas Memorial Scholarship

    Award:                         One at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Degree-seeking student majoring in Communications/Digital Learning/Media Design
    • Minimum 2.0 GPA and be in good academic standing
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a 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

    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.

    Harry P. McHale Memorial Scholarship

    Award:                         One at $500

    Eligibility: 

    • Degree seeking student in College of Arts and Sciences or be employed as a classroom teacher at any grade level
    • Completed two math courses with a “B” or better, the lower of which may not be below Algebra I (high school courses are acceptable)
    • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
    • At least 30 years old
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Registered voter in Illinois

    Documentation Required: 

    • Essay (500 words) reflecting on the teacher who most influenced your life and why you are pursuing an education. 

    Francisco Montalvo Endowed Scholarship

    Award:                         2 at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a degree seeking student at Governors State University
    • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
    • Hispanic or Spanish speaking student preferred
    • Must have financial need as evidenced by the current FASFA
    • Preference given to a student with interest in labor/union rights.

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) describing reasons for career choice. 

    Manilow Scholarship for Students Who Achieve Intellectual Excellence

    Award:                         Four at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in any field
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • Demonstrate academic excellence and determination to complete their degree.
    • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
    • Financial may be considered

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your candidacy and career goals and how your degree will benefit your career. Include a brief bio describing your educational and employment history and accomplishments as they relate to career goals.
    • Letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator may be submitted.

    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.

    Mathematics Student Teaching Scholarship

      Documentation Required: 

    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.
      • 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:                         Three 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.

      Second Chance Scholarship

      Award:          One at $500

      Eligibility:

      • Must be an individual returning to society after a period of incarceration
      • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
      • Must be in good academic standing
      • Financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA 

      Documentation Required:

      Essay (300 -500 words) on how this scholarship will affect your career aspirations and how it will assist with your financial need.

      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

      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.

      Ralph R. and Dolores Turner Endowed Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Learning

      Award:                         Two 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 for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Business for the Fall 2017 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, April 14, 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:                                 Three 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 

      Advanced Manufacturing 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 

      Academic Advisors’ Scholarship

      Award:             Two at $500

        Eligibility:

      • Graduate programs, degree seeking student
      • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Financial need is not a criterion

      Documentation Required:

      •  Essay (500 words) describing your career goals, how you chose your academic program, and the impact that Academic Advising had on your education.

      Alumni Association Scholarship Honoring Rosemary Hulett

      Award:             Two at $500

      Eligibility:  

      • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.75
      • Must have financial need (FAFSA required)

      Documentation Required:

      • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) discussing your career aspirations

      Ronald Bean Community Service Scholarship

      Award:             One at $500

      Eligibility:

      • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Demonstrate engagement in community volunteer services.
      • United States citizen.  

      Documentation Required:

      • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) demonstrating a history of and desire to continue volunteering in the community.   
      • Two letters of recommendation from a volunteer organization.  

      College of Business Student Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship

      Award:             Three at $2,000  

      Eligibility:

      • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student in the College of Business
      • 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  

      Dr. Curtis J. and Mrs. Gina Crawford Endowed Scholarship in Business

      Award:                         Ten at $2,000

      Eligibility:

      • Degree seeking student pursuing a business career
      • Preference given to MBA students, but undergrads will be considered
      • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
      • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
      • Financial need will be considered but not a determinant.

      Documentation Required:

      • Biographical essay (500 to 1000 words) documenting work experience (if any), commitment to the field, career plans, reason for choice of major, and qualities that prove eligibility, etc.
      • A letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator.

      Donald Dolan Endowed Business Scholarship

      Award:                         One at $1,000

      Eligibility:

      • Undergraduate or graduate
      • COB 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.  

      First Midwest Bank Scholarship

      Award:             Two at $500

      Eligibility:

      • Must be a Freshman, degree seeking student
      • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
      •  Undergraduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 12 credit hours
      • Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement.  

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (500-1000 words) describing any personal information, academic, professional, or philanthropic goals that the applicant deems pertinent. 

      $100 Follett-GSU Textbook Voucher

      Award:                         Thirty at $100 (Follett Gift Card)

      Eligibility:

      • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.25 for graduates
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (300 words) outlining how you intend to use your GSU degree.

      Lorraine Fontana Endowed Memorial Scholarship

      Award:                         Seven at $1,000

      Eligibility:

      • Degree seeking student in the College of Business and Public Administration 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.  

      The Dr. Lowell Goldberg Health or Community Service Endowed Award

      Award:                         One at $1,000

      Eligibility:

      • Graduate or undergraduate student
      • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Must be recommended by a GSU faculty member, division chair or dean based on scholarship and leadership qualities, interest in GSU, and commitment to health service or community service, preferably in the southern suburbs.

        Documentation Required:  

      • Essay (500 to 1000 words) including your biographical information, service activities and career goals.
      • Letter of recommendation from the faculty, division chair, or dean.

      Great Lakes Bank Endowed Scholarship 

      Award:                         Five at $1,000

      Eligibility:

      • Graduated or transferred from Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Moraine Valley Community College, or Joliet Junior College.
      • Enrolled at GSU in a major in one of the following: College of Health and Human Services, College of Education (Division of Education only) or College of Business and Public Administration (Division of Accounting/Finance/MIS or Division of Management/Marketing)
      • Undergraduate or graduate student
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (500 words) indicating how you will use your degree in the southland metropolitan region, which includes south Cook and Will counties.

      Donald W. Hansen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

      Documentation Required:

      Award:                         Two at $1,200

      Eligibility:

      • Undergraduate or graduate student
      • Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Minimum 15 hours of graded work at GSU within the two previous years.
      • Essay (500 words) describing your academic excellence and leadership abilities.
      • Letters of recommendation which attest to your academic excellence, leadership, and community service. 

      Human Resource Department Scholarship

      Award:                         One at $500 (Follett Bookstore Gift Card)

      Eligibility:  

      • Available to all students with a commitment to the GSU Community
      • Must be enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • Must have financial need

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations and your commitment to Governors State University and the community

      Jassac Charitable Foundation Scholarship Honoring Lorine S. Samuels

      Award:             Two at $500 (Follett Gift Card) 

       

      Eligibility:

      • Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student
      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from GSU or most recent school
      • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours
      • African American student preferred

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations. 

      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. 

      Francisco Montalvo Endowed Scholarship

        Award:             Two at $500

      Eligibility:

      • Must be a degree seeking student at Governors State University
      • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
      • Hispanic or Spanish speaking student preferred
      • Must have financial need as evidenced by the current FASFA
      • Preference given to a student with interest in labor/union rights.

        Documentation Required: 

      • Essay (500 words) describing reasons for career choice.

      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

      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.

      Manilow Scholarship for Students Who Achieve Intellectual Excellence

      Award:                         Four  at $500

      Eligibility:

      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in any field
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Demonstrate academic excellence and determination to complete their degree.
      • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
      • Financial may be considered 

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your candidacy and career goals and how your degree will benefit your career. Include a brief bio describing your educational and employment history and accomplishments as they relate to career goals. 
      • Letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator may be submitted.

      Donald and Helen Morrison Endowed Scholarship in Business

      Award:                         Six 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.

      The Wilbur L. Morrison Endowed Scholarship

      Award:                         Six at $1,000

      Eligibility:

      • Course of study must be leading to a business degree.
      • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student
      • 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) indicating education and work experience, along with reasons to be considered for the award.
      • Letter of reference from dean, division chair or faculty member detailing student’s commitment to and/or experience in retailing. 

      Rich Township Community Scholarships 

      Award:                         Three 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.

      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.

      Second Chance Scholarship

      Award:                         One at $500  

      Eligibility:

      • Must be an individual returning to society after a period of incarceration
      • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
      • Must be in good academic standing
      • Financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA
      Documentation Required:  
      • Essay (300 -500 words) on how this scholarship will affect your career aspirations and how it will assist with your financial need.

      Scholarship for Finance or Accounting Students

      Award:                         Three 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

      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 are scholarships for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Education for the Fall 2017 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, April 14, 2017  


      Academic Advisors’ Scholarship

      Award:             Two at $500

      Eligibility:

      • Graduate programs, degree seeking student
      • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Financial need is not a criterion

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals, how you chose your academic program, and the impact that Academic Advising had on your education.

      Alumni Association Scholarship Honoring Rosemary Hulett

      Award:             Two at $500

      Eligibility:

      • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.75
      • Must have financial need (FAFSA required)

      Documentation Required:

      • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) discussing your career aspirations

      David and Barbara Barr Endowed Scholarship

      Award:             Three at $500  

      Eligibility:

      • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student
      • Preference given to students enrolled in School of Education or who have announced intention to pursue a career in elementary or secondary education in the south suburbs of Chicago and/or eastern portions of Will County.
      • Preference will be given to students who are currently teachers in elementary or secondary education in service area.
      • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
      • Financial need and scholastic achievement will be considered.

            Documentation Required:

          • Essay (500 words) indicating how you will use your degree to pursue a career in elementary or secondary education in the south suburbs of Chicago or in the eastern portions of Will County, your scholastic achievements, and financial need.

          Ronald Bean Community Service Scholarship

          Award:             One at $500

          Eligibility:

          • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
          • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
          • Demonstrate engagement in community volunteer services
          • United States citizen.

            Documentation Required:

          • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) demonstrating a history of and desire to continue volunteering in the community.    
          • Two letters of recommendation from a volunteer organization. 

          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.

          First Midwest Bank Scholarship

          Award:             Two at $500

          Eligibility:

          • Must be a Freshman, degree seeking student
          • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
          • Undergraduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
          • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 12 credit hours
          • Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement.  

          Documentation Required:

          • Essay (500-1000 words) describing any personal information, academic, professional, or philanthropic goals that the applicant deems pertinent. 

          $100 Follett-GSU Textbook Voucher

          Award:                         Thirty at $100 (Follett Gift Card)

          Eligibility:

          • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.25 for graduates
          • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

          Documentation Required:

          • Essay (300 words) outlining how you intend to use your GSU degree.

          The Dr. Lowell Goldberg Health or Community Service Endowed Award

          Award:                         One at $1,000

          Eligibility:

          • Graduate or undergraduate student
          • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA
          • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
          • Must be recommended by a GSU faculty member, division chair or dean based on scholarship and leadership qualities, interest in GSU, and commitment to health service or community service, preferably in the southern suburbs.

          Documentation Required:

          • Essay (500 to 1000 words) including your biographical information, service activities and career goals.
          • Letter of recommendation from the faculty, division chair, or dean.

          Great Lakes Bank Endowed Scholarship

          Award:                         Five at $1,000

          Eligibility:

          • Graduated or transferred from Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Moraine Valley Community College, or Joliet Junior College.
          • Enrolled at GSU in a major in one of the following: College of Health and Human Services, College of Education (Division of Education only) or College of Business and Public Administration (Division of Accounting/Finance/MIS or Division of Management/Marketing)
          • Undergraduate or graduate student
          • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

          Documentation Required:

          • Essay (500 words) indicating how you will use your degree in the southland metropolitan region, which includes south Cook and Will counties.

          Donald W. Hansen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

            Award:                         Two at $1,200

          Eligibility:

          • Undergraduate or graduate student
          • Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA
          • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
          • Minimum 15 hours of graded work at GSU within the two previous years.

          Documentation Required:

          • Essay (500 words) describing your academic excellence and leadership abilities.
          • Letters of recommendation which attest to your academic excellence, leadership, and community service. 

          Human Resource Department Scholarship

          Award:                                 One at $500 (Follett Bookstore Gift Card)

           Eligibility:

          • Available to all students with a commitment to the GSU Community
          • Must be enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours
          • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
          • Must have financial need

          Documentation Required:

          • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations and your commitment to Governors State University and the community

          Jassac Charitable Foundation Scholarship Honoring Lorine S. Samuels

          Award:                         Two at $500 (Follett Gift Card)

          Eligibility:

          • Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student
          • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from GSU or most recent school
          • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours
          • African American student preferred

          Documentation Required:

          • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations.

          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.

          Manilow Scholarship for Students Who Achieve Intellectual Excellence

            Award:                         Four at $500 

           Eligibility:

          • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in any field
          • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
          • Demonstrate academic excellence and determination to complete their degree.
          • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
          • Financial may be considered

            Documentation Required:  

            • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your candidacy and career goals and how your degree will benefit your career. Include a brief bio describing your educational and employment history and accomplishments as they relate to career goals.
            • Letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator may be submitted.

             Harry P. McHale Memorial Scholarship

            Award:                         One at $500

            Eligibility: 

            • Degree seeking student in College of Arts and Sciences or be employed as a classroom teacher at any grade level
            • Completed two math courses with a “B” or better, the lower of which may not be below Algebra I (high school courses are acceptable)
            • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
            • At least 30 years old
            • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
            • Registered voter in Illinois

            Documentation Required: 

            • Essay (500 words) reflecting on the teacher who most influenced your life and why you are pursuing an education. 

            Dr. W. Prince and Elise McLemore Scholarship for Elementary Education

            Award:                         Two at $1,000

            Eligibility:

            • Undergraduate or graduate elementary education students
            • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
            • Must have completed at least nine hours at GSU
            • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
            • Must be a minority

            Documentation Required:

            • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your qualifications.

              Francisco Montalvo Endowed Scholarship

              Award:                         Two at $500

              Eligibility:

              • Must be a degree seeking student at Governors State University
              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
              • Hispanic or Spanish speaking student preferred
              • Must have financial need as evidenced by the current FASFA
              • Preference given to a student with interest in labor/union rights.

              Documentation Required:

              • Essay (500 words) describing reasons for career choice. 

              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:                         Three 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.

              Second Chance Scholarship

              Award:          One at $500

              Eligibility:

              • Must be an individual returning to society after a period of incarceration
              • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
              • Must be in good academic standing
              • Financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA 

              Documentation Required:

              Essay (300 -500 words) on how this scholarship will affect your career aspirations and how it will assist with your financial need.

              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

              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.

              Ralph R. and Dolores Turner Endowed Scholarship in Education

              Award:                         Two at $1,000

              Eligibility:

              • Must be a returning African-American student, at least 30 years in age
              • Degree seeking student in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Learning or Special Education
              • Undergraduate or graduate 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.

              Dr. Peggy Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship

                Award:                         One at $500

              Eligibility:

              • Undergraduate elementary education majors who are specializing in reading/language arts
              • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
              • Must be minority
              • Completed at least nine hours of coursework at GSU.

              Documentation Required:

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

            • 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 2017 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, April 14, 2017

              Academic Advisors’ Scholarship

              Award:             Two at $500

              Eligibility:

              • Graduate programs, degree seeking student
              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
              • Financial need is not a criterion

              Documentation Required:

              • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals, how you chose your academic program, and the impact that Academic Advising had on your education

              Addiction Studies Alumni Club Scholarship

              Award:                         One at $500 

                Eligibility:  

              • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
              • Graduate level student in the Addiction Studies program
              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
              • Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.75

                Documentation Required:

                • Essay (500 words) discussing your career choice and your reasons for choosing this field.

                   Alumni Association Scholarship Honoring Rosemary Hulett

                    Award:             Two at $500

                  Eligibility:

                  • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
                  • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                  • Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.75
                  • Must have financial need (FAFSA required)

                  Documentation Required:

                  • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) discussing your career aspirations

                  Axiom Integrated Services Scholarship

                    Award:                         Two at $750 (one graduate; one undergraduate)

                   Eligibility:

                  • Undergraduate or 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.

                  Trent Bartolomucci Foundation Scholarship

                  Award:                         One at $1,500

                   Eligibility:

                  • Graduate level degree seeking students in Masters of Addictions Studies program;
                  • Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.5 (at GSU or former college/university)
                  • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of six credit hours
                  • Student must attend the annual Trent Bartolomucci Scholarship fundraising event (June 17, 2017)

                   Documentation Required:

                  • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations and why you entered this field of study

                   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 receive this scholarship.

                    Ronald Bean Community Service Scholarship

                    Award:             One at $500

                    Eligibility:

                    • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
                    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                    • Demonstrate engagement in community volunteer services
                    • United States citizen.

                      Documentation Required:

                    • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) demonstrating a history of and desire to continue volunteering in the community.    
                    • Two letters of recommendation from a volunteer organization. 

                    First Midwest Bank Scholarship

                    Award:                         One at $500

                    Award:             Two at $500

                    Eligibility:

                    • Must be a Freshman, degree seeking student
                    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
                    • Undergraduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
                    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 12 credit hours
                    • Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement.  

                    Documentation Required:

                    • Essay (500-1000 words) describing any personal information, academic, professional, or philanthropic goals that the applicant deems pertinent. 

                    $100 Follett-GSU Textbook Voucher

                    Award:                         Thirty at $100 (Follett Gift Card)

                    Eligibility:

                    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.25 for graduates
                    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                    Documentation Required:

                    • Essay (300 words) outlining how you intend to use your GSU degree.

                    Dr. Katherine Gavin Scholarship

                    Award:                         One at $500

                    Eligibility: 

                    • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student  majoring in the field of Science or Health
                    • Minimum 3.0 (undergraduate) or 3.25 (graduate) cumulative GPA in good academic standing
                    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                    • United States citizen
                    • Must demonstrate financial need. 

                    Documentation Required: 

                    • Essay (300 to 600 words) outlining your commitment to a career in the field of science or health and give rationale for selecting the career.  Include any volunteer community service(s) performed
                    • Two letters of recommendation from non-family member.

                    The Dr. Lowell Goldberg Health or Community Service Endowed Award

                    Award:                         One at $1,000

                    Eligibility:

                    • Graduate or undergraduate student
                    • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA
                    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                    • Must be recommended by a GSU faculty member, division chair or dean based on scholarship and leadership qualities, interest in GSU, and commitment to health service or community service, preferably in the southern suburbs.

                    Documentation Required:

                    • Essay (500 to 1000 words) including your biographical information, service activities and career goals.
                    • Letter of recommendation from the faculty, division chair, or dean.

                    Great Lakes Bank Endowed Scholarship 

                    Award:                         Five at $1,000

                    Eligibility:

                    • Graduated or transferred from Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Moraine Valley Community College, or Joliet Junior College.
                    • Enrolled at GSU in a major in one of the following: College of Health and Human Services, College of Education (Division of Education only) or College of Business and Public Administration (Division of Accounting/Finance/MIS or Division of Management/Marketing)
                    • Undergraduate or graduate student
                    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                    Documentation Required:

                    • Essay (500 words) indicating how you will use your degree in the southland metropolitan region, which includes south Cook and Will counties.

                    Gregory J. Hand Addiction Recovery Scholarship

                    Eligibility:

                     

                    • Graduate level degree seeking students in Addictions Studies or Counseling  program;
                    • Student must be in good academic standing
                    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of six credit hours

                    Documentation Required:

                    • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations and plans for your commitment to this field of study.

                      Donald W. Hansen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

                        Award:                         Two at $1,200

                      Eligibility:

                      • Undergraduate or graduate student
                      • Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA
                      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                      • Minimum 15 hours of graded work at GSU within the two previous years.

                      Documentation Required:

                      • Essay (500 words) describing your academic excellence and leadership abilities.
                      • Letters of recommendation which attest to your academic excellence, leadership, and community service. 

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

                      Award:                         Two at $1,000

                      • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking  student in GSU’s nursing program or 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
                        • 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.

                        Human Resource Department Scholarship

                           Award:                         One at $1,000

                        Award:                                 One at $500 (Follett Bookstore Gift Card)

                         Eligibility:

                        • Available to all students with a commitment to the GSU Community
                        • Must be enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                        • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
                        • Must have financial need

                        Documentation Required:

                        • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations and your commitment to Governors State University and the community

                        Jassac Charitable Foundation Scholarship Honoring Lorine S. Samuels

                        Award:                         Two at $500 (Follett Gift Card)

                        Eligibility:

                        • Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student
                        • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from GSU or most recent school
                        • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours
                        • African American student preferred

                        Documentation Required:

                        • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations.

                        Annie L. Lawrence Scholarship

                        Award:                         One at $500

                        Eligibility:

                        • Degree-seeking student majoring in the College of Health Nursing Program
                        • Minimum 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate) cumulative GPA
                        • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                        • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois

                        Documentation Required:  

                          • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your commitment to a career in the health professions, your work experience and/or academic background, and a brief biography
                          • Letter of recommendation from program faculty.

                            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.

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

                            Eligibility:

                            • 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 an African American Student.

                            Documentation Required:

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

                            Monsignor Ignatius D. McDermott Endowed Scholarship

                            Award:                         Two at $1,000

                            Eligibility:

                            • Preference will be given to students in Addiction Studies or Social Work, although any CHHS student is eligible.
                            • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at GSU or former school, and good academic standing
                            • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                            • Applicant must show personal goal of serving the underserved, preferably with work or volunteer experience.
                            • Financial need is not a requirement but may be considered if demonstrated.

                            Documentation Required:

                            • Essay (500 to 1000 words) containing a brief bio, describing commitment to wanting to make a difference in society, volunteer experience,  and relating experience/career aspirations in the field of addiction and recovery, and financial need, if applicable.
                            • Letters of support from faculty, administrators, and current or previous employers are encouraged.

                            Francisco Montalvo Endowed Scholarship

                            Award:                         Two at $500

                            Eligibility:

                            • Must be a degree seeking student at Governors State University
                            • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
                            • Hispanic or Spanish speaking student preferred
                            • Must have financial need as evidenced by the current FASFA
                            • Preference given to a student with interest in labor/union rights.

                            Documentation Required:

                            • Essay (500 words) describing reasons for career choice. 

                            Manilow Scholarship for Students Who Achieve Intellectual Excellence

                            Award:                         Four at $500

                            Eligibility:

                            • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in any field
                            • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                            • Demonstrate academic excellence and determination to complete their degree.
                            • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
                            • Financial may be considered

                            Documentation Required:

                            • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your candidacy and career goals and how your degree will benefit your career. Include a brief bio describing your educational and employment history and accomplishments as they relate to career goals.
                            • Letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator may be submitted.

                            Virginia M. Pizza Endowed Scholarship in Geriatric Care

                            Award:                         One at $500  

                            Eligibility:

                            • Preparing for a career that involves geriatric care. 
                            • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA
                            • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
                            • United States citizen and resident of Illinois

                            Documentation Required:

                              • Submit letters of recommendation from their dean or division chair documenting eligibility in nursing, speech pathology, OP/PT, social work, allied health, or psychology. Recommendation letters must testify to their character, commitment to working with the elderly. 
                              • Biographical essay (500 words) documenting your interest in working with the elderly, you need for financial assistance, and how the scholarship will help you reach your goals.  

                                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:                         Three 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.

                                Second Chance Scholarship

                                Award:          One at $500

                                Eligibility:

                                • Must be an individual returning to society after a period of incarceration
                                • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
                                • Must be in good academic standing
                                • Financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA 

                                Documentation Required:

                                Essay (300 -500 words) on how this scholarship will affect your career aspirations and how it will assist with your financial need.

                                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

                                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.

                                Melissa Kay Solomon Scholarship for Addiction Studies

                                Award:                         Two at $1,000

                                Eligibility: 

                                • Graduate level degree seeking student in Addictions Studies;
                                • Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.5 (at GSU or former college/university);
                                • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of six credit hours;
                                • Financial need is a criterion (a FAFSA form is required)

                                    Documentation Required:

                                    • Essay (500 words) discussing the reasons you chose a career in Addiction Studies and your career goals.