Scholarships is financial aid that does not have to be paid back. Scholarships have different eligibility criteria and deadlines, so it is important that you read scholarship descriptions carefully.

  • AIM HIGH Scholarships


    Beginning fall 2019, Governors State University’s new  AIM HIGH scholarships may qualify new first-year students and transfer students to receive guaranteed scholarships ranging from 25% to 100% of your tuition cost.

  • Freshman Presidential, Provost and Deans Scholarships


    The highest scholarship honor is the Freshman Presidential, Provost and Deans Scholarships.

    • Up to two students receive the 2020 Freshman Presidential Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to 30 credit hours each academic year (fall, spring, summer), academic year semi-suite housing in GSU’s residence hall, a Silver board plan ($1000 per semester), and $500.00 toward books per semester at the GSU Follett Bookstore. 
    • Up to two students receive the 2020 Provost Scholarship. Recipients whom receive the Provost’s Scholarship can earn a $32,000 scholarship awarded at $8,000 annually.
    • Up to four students receive the 2020 Deans Scholarship. Recipients whom receive the Dean’s Scholarship can earn a $28,000 scholarship awarded at $7,000 annually.
    • Provost and Deans Scholarships can be awarded with the AIM HIGH Grant.

    Freshman Presidential, Provost and Deans Scholarships Application  Freshman Presidential, Provost and Deans Scholarships 

  • GSU Foundation and Alumni Association Scholarships


    The GSU Foundation and Alumni award more than 40 scholarships. Many are specific to individual colleges and programs of study. More information can be found on the GSU Foundation's website.

  • GSU Promise Scholarship


    The GSU Promise is a scholarship created to assist economically disadvantaged students to complete a bachelor's degree at GSU. Eligible students must be active participants in the Dual Degree Program and be eligible for the Pell Grant. To apply, students must have a GPA of 2.75/4.0. 



  • Dual Degree Program Honors Scholarship


    This scholarship is for high-achieving, first-time, transfer students who are enrolled in the Dual Degree Program. Students must have a cumulative 3.5/4.0 GPA. Scholarship covers tuition and fees for up to four semesters. 



  • Dual Degree Program Chicago STAR Scholars Scholarship


    This scholarship is for high-achieving, first-time, transfer students who are enrolled in the Dual Degree Program and the Chicago STAR Scholars program. Students must have a cumulative 3.25/4.0 GPA. There are two (2) scholarship categories: one scholarship award covers $2,000 for books/campus dining ($500 per fall and spring semester each) for a maximum of four (4) semesters; and the other covers the cost of an Academic Year contract in Prairie Place Residence Hall for a maximum of two (2) years.

  • Creative Arts Talent Scholarships


    For more specific information on any of our five Creative Talent Scholarships, write us at or call us at 708.534.4010.


    Scholarship Categories:

    • Creative Writing 
    • Film Arts 
    • Media Studies 
    • Theatre and Performance 
    • Visual Arts 

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Scholarship Resources


    There are several scholarships available and they have varying deadlines. Learn more >>

  • Behavioral Workforce Education and Training


    The Behavioral Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant gives students $10,000 for internship, free training materials on trauma and integrated primary care, free training on trauma and integrated primary care, and $1,500 toward attending a conference. Students must be starting internship in the Spring. Students will receive half of the funds in their first internship and the other half in their second semester of internship.

    Participants must agree to:


    • Learn about trauma across the lifespan and integrated primary care.
    • Attend 3 workshops at GSU (grant will pay for the workshops—no cost to student).
    • Attend once-a-month meetings (some will be online and some will be in-person)
    • Attend a conference in your professional field (each student will receive up to $1,500 to cover the costs of the conference, travel, and food).
    • Agree to provide the program with information about your job post- graduation.
    • Complete an online trauma training (the cost will be covered by the grant—no cost to student).



  • Student Loan Hero Scholarship


    Student Loan Hero $1,000 Scholarship

    All applicants must be actively enrolled at least part-time in college/university.

    To enter, please submit a short essay (500 words or less) answering one of the following questions:


    • What financial challenges have you overcome growing up?
    • How will receiving this scholarship help you achieve your future financial goals?
    • How will you manage your money both during and after college to make smart financial decisions?


    Fall 2019 Semester

    • Opens: February 11
    • Deadline: April 12
    • Winner Contacted: May 24

    Student Loan Hero Scholarship Application 



  • Teacher Quality Partnership


    Teacher Quality Partnership is a Federal Department of Education grant to expand and refine teaching programs designed to raise student achievement and improve instruction in Chicago Southland school districts. Certification students will work with mentor-teachers in south suburban classrooms. They will be paid $30,000 during the one-year residency period, with that salary coming via the federal grant. Teacher candidates will work in high-need, low-income school districts and, after certification, will agree to teach for three years in the partner district. The grant provides funding for program residency placements. Learn more about the Alternative Teacher Certification Program.

  • Minority Teachers of Illinois


    The Minority Teacher of Illinois (MTI) scholarship was created for minority undergraduate and graduate students who want to pursue careers as teachers at preschool, elementary or secondary schools in Illinois. For more information and to apply, visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission's website at

  • REACh Scholarship


    REACh is pleased to announce the “Carolyn Cooney REACh Your Goals” Scholarship Program for the Fall 2017 semester.  This program is designed to assist the growing number of adult learners, like you, who are returning to college.  REACh scholarships may be used towards the cost of attendance at your institution as determined by the financial aid department.

    To be eligible for the scholarship program, you must meet the following criteria:


    • be at least twenty-five years old at the time of application;
    • be enrolled in or admitted to a degree or certificate program at a college or university that is a member of the REACh organization (check our website,, for a list of member schools);
    • reside in the greater Chicagoland area;
    • be a US citizen or permanent resident;
    • be eligible to receive the REACh Scholarship per your institution’s financial aid guidelines;
    • Undergraduate students must have earned the equivalent of a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours or 15 quarter hours of college level credit at time of application; 
    • Graduate students must have earned the equivalent of a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale based on the last half of baccalaureate credit hours or based on 12 semester hours or 15 quarter hours of graduate level credit. 

    Please direct any questions to:

    Please submit your completed REACh application form to:

    REACh Scholarship Committee

    PO Box 4197

    Wheaton, IL 60189-4197


    • Study Abroad Scholarship


      The Study Abroad scholarship is open to Governors State University Students who meet the criteria in the scholarship packet.  If you are ready to explore study abroad you will find more information by going to the Office of International Services.  

      Study Abroad Scholarship packet


    • Transfer Scholarship


      The IACAC Transfer Advisory Committee is pleased to announce a $500 scholarship for students transferring from an Illinois community college to an IACAC member 4-year institution as a new student for the Spring 2019 term.


      Application and transcripts must be submitted by December 3, 2018. Application can be found online at 


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