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. 

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 online application including required documentation, (see Guidelines and Application below) for each scholarship, on deadline and accurately. Be sure to FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. If required documentation is not submitted you will not be considered for the scholarship that is missing documentation.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR OUR FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORE STUDENTS:  Freshmen and Sophomore students SHOULD apply for ANY scholarship that is not major specific posted in the General Scholarship Accordion section.  You are also encouraged to apply to any scholarship that relates to your intended major, even though you may not have formally declared your major. You can explain this intention through your essay submission.

 The deadline to apply for Spring 2020 Semester Scholarships is 11:59 p.m. Sunday January 5, 2020.

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

Contact us  with questions or concerns.

  • PLEASE READ - Guidelines and Application - PLEASE READ

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    GSU Foundation Scholarship Instructions and Guidelines

    • Financial need scholarships require a FASFA on file at the time of application.
    • Scholarships applied to tuition, fees and on-campus housing, unless otherwise stated in the criteria, up to the maximum award. Unused funds will roll over to subsequent semesters during the same academic year, provided student continues to meet the minimum eligibility requirements.
    • A student can receive a tuition waiver & a scholarship up to but not to exceed cost of tuition and fees.  Unused funds will roll over 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 accounts after final drop deadline.
    • Scholarships are rescinded if student falls below the minimum required credit hours.
    • Employees of the university are not eligible.

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

     APPLY NOW November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020:

      ESSAY DIRECTIONS:

        • Put name of the Scholarship at the top of each page of essay.
        • Include Scholarship name in document name of your essay.
        • DO NOT use your name or other specific personal identifiers in essay.
        • Essay topics vary by scholarship.
        • We urge you to visit the Writing Center for assistance with your essays.

      August 2020 – October 2020:

      • 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 recipient requirements:
        • Get photo taken for GSU Foundation marketing and fundraising purposes.
        • Submit a letter thanking the scholarship donors.
        • Possibly participate in the GSU Foundation events throughout the academic year.
         

       

    • Freshman and Sophomore Scholarships

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      SPECIAL NOTE FOR OUR FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORE STUDENTS:  

      Freshmen and Sophomore students are encouraged to apply for ANY scholarship that is not major specific which are posted in the General Scholarship Accordion section.  You are also encouraged to apply to any scholarship that relates to your intended major, even though you may not have formally declared your major. You can explain this intention through your essay submission.

    • General Scholarships not requiring specific major

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      PLEASE READ ALL CRITERIA CAREFULLY. 

      Your application will not be considered if you do not meet the minimum criteria. 

      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 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 to 500 words) outlining career goals.  Essay should include a description of how you fit into one or more of the preferences above, 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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      Be sure to check the General Scholarship Accordion as you may also qualify for scholarships there that have no specific major associated in the criteria. 

       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
      • Theater and Performance Studies

      Applications must be RECEIVED online by 11:59 p.m. Sunday January 5, 2020

      PLEASE READ ALL CRITERIA CAREFULLY. 

       Your application will not be considered if you do not meet the minimum criteria. 

      Dr. Daniel Bernd Endowed Scholarship in English Literature

      Award:                         Three at $1,000  

      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

      Award:                         One at $500  

      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

      Drs. Lisa and Ming Chang Endowed Scholarship for Mathematics Education

      Award:                         Two at $1,000

      Eligibility: 

      • Junior or senor 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.
      • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
      • Must be enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

      Documentation Required: 

      • Essay (500 words) discussing your reasons and passion for your chosen career.

      Dr. Lowell W. Culver Fellowship in Public Administration

      Award:                         Two at $500

      Eligibility:

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

      Documentation Required:

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

      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

        Master of Public Administration Scholarship

        Award:                         One at $500  

        Eligibility:

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

        Documentation Required:

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

        • College of Business Scholarships

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          Be sure to check the General Scholarship Accordion as you may also qualify for scholarships there that have no specific major associated in the criteria. 

          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   

          Applications must be RECEIVED online by 11:59 p.m. Sunday January 5, 2020

          PLEASE READ ALL CRITERIA CAREFULLY. 

           Your application will not be considered if you do not meet the minimum criteria. 

            American Logistics Association Endowed Scholarship

            Award:                                 One at $1,000

            Eligibility:

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

          • College of Education Scholarships

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            Be sure to check the General Scholarship Accordion as you may also qualify for scholarships there that have no specific major associated in the criteria. 
             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

            Applications must be RECEIVED online by 11:59 p.m. Sunday January 5, 2020

            PLEASE READ ALL CRITERIA CAREFULLY. 

             Your application will not be considered if you do not meet the minimum criteria.   

            Drs. Lisa and Ming Chang Endowed Scholarship for Mathematics Education

             Award:                         Two at $1,000

             Eligibility: 

            • Junior or senor 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.
            • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
            • Must be enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

             Documentation Required: 

            • Essay (500 words) discussing your reasons and passion for your chosen career. 

            Dr. Judith A. Cooney Memorial Scholarship in Counseling

            Award:                       One at $1,000     

            Eligibility:

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

            Documentation Required:

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

              Ralph R. and Dolores Turner Endowed Scholarship in Education

              Award:                         One at $500

              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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              Be sure to check the General Scholarship Accordion as you may also qualify for scholarships there that have no specific major associated in the criteria. 

              Includes students in the following programs:

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

               Applications must be RECEIVED online by 11:59 p.m. Sunday January 5, 2020

              PLEASE READ ALL CRITERIA CAREFULLY. 

               Your application will not be considered if you do not meet the minimum criteria. 

              Award:                         One 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.