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 185 scholarships totaling over $200,000 in scholarship aid was offered for the Fall 2018 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 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 Spring, 2019 semester are listed below.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 25, 2019.

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

Contact us  with questions or concerns.

  • Guidelines and Application - PLEASE READ

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    GSU Foundation Scholarship Instructions and Guidelines

    Important Scholarship Information:

    • Financial need scholarships require that a FASFA be on file at the time of application
    • Scholarships are applied to tuition and fees, 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

    • Email applications are not accepted
    • 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.

     

    American Logistics Association Endowed Scholarship

    Award:                         Three at $2,000

     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.
    • A letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member and/or administrator, or from employment supervisors are encouraged


    Rich Township Community Scholarships

     Award:                         Five at $1,000

     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
    • Must be in active military service, serve in the Reserves or National Guard, is a veteran (or spouse of veteran), and need short term assistance.
    • Rich Township officials or employees, or family members of officials or employees are not eligible.

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) outlining their career goals.  Essay should include a description on how you fit into the above preference, if applicable.

    Generating Hope

     Award:                         One at $500

     Eligibility:

    • Must be a current member of Generating Hope student group at GSU;
    • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
    • Undergraduate or Graduate student in any major;
    • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate)
    • Must participate in the Generating Hope mentoring program. Awardee will be assigned a mentor and should meet once per month. Mentors will be current and alumni members of Generating Hope. The focus will be on academic, personal, and professional development

     Documentation Required:

    • Complete an Essay (500 words):  Speak to your passion: (Social Justice, Hope, Restorative Justice, Resilience, Service, Self-Transformation, Socially economically deprived, and/or Marginalized Community.) Include in the essay your proximity to incarceration, e.g.  self, family, relative, and/or friend. Discuss your Community Service work, academic excellence/civic engagement.

    • Must include one letter of recommendation by a faculty member or employer

    Stanton Segner Scholarship

     Award:                         One at $500

     Eligibility:

     

    • Graduate or undergraduate student who is either:
      •  Enrolled in the Art program at GSU; or
      • Has Art as a minor; or
      • Has achievement in artistic endeavors

     

    • Degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU, enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
    • Must submit an actual piece of original artwork (if possible) (will be returned to student).  Student must also provide photos of three completed pieces of original art;
    • Must be willing to meet the donors, if requested

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words):  discussing why you chose your area of study and how you intend to use art in your career .

    Jackie McKethen Scholarship for LGBTQIA Students

     Award:                         One at $500

     Eligibility:

    • Must be a student attending Governors State University and enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 6 credit hours; and
    • Must be a member of the LGBTQIA community, or
    • Must have shown significant assistance and acceptability toward the community (as evidenced with two letters of reference attesting to participation) or have the written recommendation of a member of the LGBTQIA Student Group.
    • GPA will be considered if needed to choose between equally qualified applicants.
     

     Documentation Required:

    • Essay (500 words) showing commitment to the LGBTQIA community.

      

     

    • College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

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      Includes students in the following programs:

       

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

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

      The following scholarships are available for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Arts and Sciences for the Spring, 2019 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application above for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 25, 2019.

      Dr. Daniel Bernd Endowed Scholarship in English Literature

      Award:                         One 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.

      Drs. Lisa and Ming Chang Endowed Scholarship for Mathematics Education 

      Award:                        Two at $1,000  

      Eligibility:

      • Junior or senior GSU Students who are specializing in Mathematics Education; or
      • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate students with an area of concentration in Mathematics Education, or
      • Returning teacher seeking an Elementary or Middle School Endorsement in Mathematics; or
      • GSU degree seeking student in Special Education Program to be employed as a mathematics education interventionist; AND
      • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
      • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (500 words): Discuss your reasons and passion for your chosen career

      Dr. Lowell W. Culver Fellowship in Public Administration

      Award:                         Two at $2,000

      Eligibility:

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

      Documentation Required:

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

       

      Master of Public Administration Scholarship 

      Award:                         One at $1,000  

      Eligibility:

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

      Documentation Required:

      • Essay (1 or two pages) describing how he/she expects to benefit from a Master’s in Public Administration degree.

      Rich Township Community Scholarships

      Award:                         Four at $1,000

      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
      • Must be in active military service, serve in the Reserves or National Guard, are a veteran (or spouse of veteran), and need short term assistance.

      Documentation Required: 

        • Essay (300 to 500 words) outlining career goals.  Essay should include a description of how you fit into one or more of the Military sections above.

        Generating Hope

         Award:                         One at $500

         Eligibility:

        • Must be a current member of Generating Hope student group at GSU;
        • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
        • Undergraduate or Graduate student in any major;
        • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate)
        • Must participate in the Generating Hope mentoring program. Awardee will be assigned a mentor and should meet once per month. Mentors will be current and alumni members of Generating Hope. The focus will be on academic, personal, and professional development

         Documentation Required:

        • Complete an Essay (500 words):  Speak to your passion: (Social Justice, Hope, Restorative Justice, Resilience, Service, Self-Transformation, Socially economically deprived, and/or Marginalized Community.) Include in the essay your proximity to incarceration, e.g.  self, family, relative, and/or friend. Discuss your Community Service work, academic excellence/civic engagement.

        • Must include one letter of recommendation by a faculty member or employer

        Stanton Segner Scholarship

         Award:                         One at $500

         Eligibility:

        • Graduate or undergraduate student who is either:
          •  Enrolled in the Art program at GSU; or
          • Has Art as a minor; or
          • Has achievement in artistic endeavors
        • Degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU, enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
        • Must submit an actual piece of original artwork (if possible) (will be returned to student).  Student must also provide photos of three completed pieces of original art;
        • Must be willing to meet the donors, if requested

         Documentation Required:

        • Essay (500 words):  discussing why you chose your area of study and how you intend to use art in your career .

        Jackie McKethen Scholarship for LGBTQIA Students

         Award:                         One at $500

         Eligibility:   

        • Must be a student attending Governors State University and enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 6 credit hours; and
        • Must be a member of the LGBTQIA community, or
        • Must have shown significant assistance and acceptability toward the community (as evidenced with two letters of reference attesting to participation) or have the written recommendation of a member of the LGBTQIA Student Group.
        • GPA will be considered if needed to choose between equally qualified applicants.
          Documentation Required: 
        • Essay (500 words) showing commitment to the LGBTQIA community.

         

        • 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 Spring 2018 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 25, 2019

            American Logistics Association Endowed Scholarship

            Award:                                 Three at $2,000

            Eligibility:

            • Undergraduate and graduate College of Business 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 

            CN Fellowship for Students in Online MBA Program

            Award:                                 Two at $3,000

            Eligibility:  

            • Degree seeking student enrolled (or enrolling) in the Online MBA Program in Supply Chain Management at GSU;
            • Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25;
            • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester;
            • Financial need is NOT a criterion

            Documentation Required

            • Essay (500 to 1,000 words) discussing your experience, if any, in supply chain management, your career aspirations, and why you have chosen this field of study;
            • Submit a resume;
            • Two letters of reference attesting to academic excellence and/or professional accomplishment are required.

            Donald and Helen Morrison Endowed Scholarship in Business

            Award:                         One at $2,000

             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:                         Four at $2,000

            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:                         Four at $1,000

            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
            • Must be in active military service, serve in the Reserves or National Guard, are a veteran (or spouse of veteran), and need short term assistance.

            Documentation Required: 

              • Essay (300 to 500 words) outlining career goals.  Essay should include a description of how you fit into one or more of the Military preferences above.  

               

              Generating Hope

               Award:                         One at $500

               Eligibility:

              • Must be a current member of Generating Hope student group at GSU;
              • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
              • Undergraduate or Graduate student in any major;
              • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate)
              • Must participate in the Generating Hope mentoring program. Awardee will be assigned a mentor and should meet once per month. Mentors will be current and alumni members of Generating Hope. The focus will be on academic, personal, and professional development

               Documentation Required:

              • Complete an Essay (500 words):  Speak to your passion: (Social Justice, Hope, Restorative Justice, Resilience, Service, Self-Transformation, Socially economically deprived, and/or Marginalized Community.) Include in the essay your proximity to incarceration, e.g.  self, family, relative, and/or friend. Discuss your Community Service work, academic excellence/civic engagement.

              • Must include one letter of recommendation by a faculty member or employer

              Stanton Segner Scholarship

               Award:                         One at $500

               Eligibility:

              • Graduate or undergraduate student who is either:
                •  Enrolled in the Art program at GSU; or
                • Has Art as a minor; or
                • Has achievement in artistic endeavors
              • Degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU, enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
              • Must submit an actual piece of original artwork (if possible) (will be returned to student).  Student must also provide photos of three completed pieces of original art;
              • Must be willing to meet the donors, if requested

               Documentation Required:

              • Essay (500 words):  discussing why you chose your area of study and how you intend to use art in your career .

              Jackie McKethen Scholarship for LGBTQIA Students

               Award:                         One at $500

               Eligibility:   

              • Must be a student attending Governors State University and enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 6 credit hours; and
              • Must be a member of the LGBTQIA community, or
              • Must have shown significant assistance and acceptability toward the community (as evidenced with two letters of reference attesting to participation) or have the written recommendation of a member of the LGBTQIA Student Group.
              • GPA will be considered if needed to choose between equally qualified applicants.
                Documentation Required: 
              • Essay (500 words) showing commitment to the LGBTQIA community.

               

              • 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 Spring 2019 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 25, 2019

                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 $2,000     

                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.

                Drs. Lisa and Ming Chang Endowed Scholarship for Mathematics Education

                Award:           2 @ $1,000

                • Junior or senior GSU Student who are specializing in Mathematics Education; OR   
                • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate students with an area of concentration in Mathematics Education; OR   
                • Returning teacher seeking an Elementary or Middle School Endorsement in Mathematics; OR    
                • GSU degree seeking student in Special Education Program to be employed as a mathematics education interventionist; AND   
                • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; AND   
                • Must be enrolled in (or enrolling in) a minimum of 6 credit hours  

                 Documentation:

                • Complete an Essay (500 words):  Discuss your reasons and passion for your chosen career

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

                Award:                         One 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.

                  Rich Township Community Scholarships

                  Award:                         Four at $1,000

                  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
                  • Must be in active military service, serve in the Reserves or National Guard, are a veteran (or spouse of veteran), and need short term assistance.

                   Documentation Required:

                  • Essay (300 to 500 words) outlining career goals.  Essay should include a description of how you fit into one or more of the Military preferences above.

                  Generating Hope

                   Award:                         One at $500

                   Eligibility:

                  • Must be a current member of Generating Hope student group at GSU;
                  • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
                  • Undergraduate or Graduate student in any major;
                  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate)
                  • Must participate in the Generating Hope mentoring program. Awardee will be assigned a mentor and should meet once per month. Mentors will be current and alumni members of Generating Hope. The focus will be on academic, personal, and professional development

                   Documentation Required:

                  • Complete an Essay (500 words):  Speak to your passion: (Social Justice, Hope, Restorative Justice, Resilience, Service, Self-Transformation, Socially economically deprived, and/or Marginalized Community.) Include in the essay your proximity to incarceration, e.g.  self, family, relative, and/or friend. Discuss your Community Service work, academic excellence/civic engagement.

                  • Must include one letter of recommendation by a faculty member or employer

                  Stanton Segner Scholarship

                   Award:                         One at $500

                   Eligibility:

                  • Graduate or undergraduate student who is either:
                    •  Enrolled in the Art program at GSU; or
                    • Has Art as a minor; or
                    • Has achievement in artistic endeavors
                  • Degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU, enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
                  • Must submit an actual piece of original artwork (if possible) (will be returned to student).  Student must also provide photos of three completed pieces of original art;
                  • Must be willing to meet the donors, if requested

                   Documentation Required:

                  • Essay (500 words):  discussing why you chose your area of study and how you intend to use art in your career .

                  Jackie McKethen Scholarship for LGBTQIA Students

                   Award:                         One at $500

                   Eligibility:   

                  • Must be a student attending Governors State University and enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 6 credit hours; and
                  • Must be a member of the LGBTQIA community, or
                  • Must have shown significant assistance and acceptability toward the community (as evidenced with two letters of reference attesting to participation) or have the written recommendation of a member of the LGBTQIA Student Group.
                  • GPA will be considered if needed to choose between equally qualified applicants.
                    Documentation Required: 
                  • Essay (500 words) showing commitment to the LGBTQIA community.

                   

                     

                  • College of Health and Human Services Scholarships

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                    Includes students in the following programs:

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

                    The following scholarships REMAIN OPEN for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Health and Human Services for the Spring 2019 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 25, 2019

                    Rich Township Community Scholarships

                    Award:                         Four at $1,000

                    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.
                    • Preferenceis given to applicants in active military service, serve in the Reserves or National Guard, are veterans (or spouse of veteran), and need short term assistance.    

                    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. 

                     

                    Generating Hope

                     Award:                         One at $500

                     Eligibility:

                    • Must be a current member of Generating Hope student group at GSU;
                    • Degree seeking student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
                    • Undergraduate or Graduate student in any major;
                    • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate)
                    • Must participate in the Generating Hope mentoring program. Awardee will be assigned a mentor and should meet once per month. Mentors will be current and alumni members of Generating Hope. The focus will be on academic, personal, and professional development

                     Documentation Required:

                    • Complete an Essay (500 words):  Speak to your passion: (Social Justice, Hope, Restorative Justice, Resilience, Service, Self-Transformation, Socially economically deprived, and/or Marginalized Community.) Include in the essay your proximity to incarceration, e.g.  self, family, relative, and/or friend. Discuss your Community Service work, academic excellence/civic engagement.

                    • Must include one letter of recommendation by a faculty member or employer

                    Stanton Segner Scholarship

                     Award:                         One at $500

                     Eligibility:

                    • Graduate or undergraduate student who is either:
                      •  Enrolled in the Art program at GSU; or
                      • Has Art as a minor; or
                      • Has achievement in artistic endeavors
                    • Degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU, enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours
                    • Must submit an actual piece of original artwork (if possible) (will be returned to student).  Student must also provide photos of three completed pieces of original art;
                    • Must be willing to meet the donors, if requested

                     Documentation Required:

                    • Essay (500 words):  discussing why you chose your area of study and how you intend to use art in your career .

                    Jackie McKethen Scholarship for LGBTQIA Students

                     Award:                         One at $500

                     Eligibility:   

                    • Must be a student attending Governors State University and enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 6 credit hours; and
                    • Must be a member of the LGBTQIA community, or
                    • Must have shown significant assistance and acceptability toward the community (as evidenced with two letters of reference attesting to participation) or have the written recommendation of a member of the LGBTQIA Student Group.
                    • GPA will be considered if needed to choose between equally qualified applicants.
                      Documentation Required: 
                    • Essay (500 words) showing commitment to the LGBTQIA community.