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Minority Scholarships

Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

If you plan to become a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher and are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year as part of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program to pay for tuition, fees and room and board, or commuter allowances, if applicable. This scholarship may be received for a maximum of eight semesters or twelve quarters.

As part of the application process, you must agree to the terms and conditions that are outlined in the application's Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note. By receiving this scholarship, you must teach in Illinois. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount plus interest. read more

Vangard Minority Scholarship Program

The Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to students entering their junior or senior year of college during the 2013 school year. The program's goal is to remove financial barriers for minority students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential. Students must be pursuing studies in business, finance, economics, or accounting. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. read more

NEIU Scholarships

NEIU College of Arts & Sciences Tuition Scholarship

Freshman requirements: upper 15% of graduating class, minimum ACT of 24 or SAT of 1110.  Transfer or current NEIU student requirements: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.  Download the Scholarship application, or for additional information please contact Mary Hay Verne or at 773-442-5708.

NEIU University Honors Program Tuition Merit Scholarship

(Undergraduate only.) Limited availability. Must be admitted to NEIU's Honors Program, in good academic standing, have a 3.5 GPA, and enroll in at least one Honors course each semester the award is granted. Submit a two-page essay and transcripts. Approval of UHP Scholarship Committee required. Student must reapply annually. For information, please email or call Kristen Over at 773-442-6045.

State and Other Scholarships

Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI)

(Graduate only.) Requirements: Black, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian American student who has been accepted to a graduate program at Northeastern Illinois University. Applicant must be an Illinois resident and U.S. citizen. This Fellowship provides partial and full educational stipends for students pursuing degree objectives leading to teaching or administrative positions in post-secondary education. For information, contact Carlos Ospina at .

Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Scholarship

(Undergraduate and graduate.) Limited availability to students expressing intent to take courses in preparation for teaching special education. No need analysis required. This scholarship covers a maximum duration of four years. It pays tuition and activity fees only. Repayment to the state is necessary if teaching career is not pursued. Click here for more information and application, or contact the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), 1755 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015-5209, 1-800-899-4722.

Illinois General Assembly Tuition Waiver

(Undergraduate and Graduate.) For this award, financial need is usually not a factor. Each member of the Illinois General Assembly is authorized to award General Assembly Scholarships. No repayment obligation. To find out more information, contact your Illinois State Senator or State Representative.

Illinois Veterans Grant

(Undergraduate and graduate.) Veterans must complete appropriate application form and furnish one copy of their official separation form DD-214, which demonstrates three criteria: Illinois residency until at least six months prior to induction, service on active duty in the Armed Forces for at least one year at any time since 1940, and return to Illinois within six months after discharge. The IVG covers payment of tuition and some fees at any state university. Students may enroll full- or part-time. Click here for the application and more information or contact the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), 1755 Lake Cook Rd., 60015-5209, 1-800-899-4722. Students may also contact Cynthia Rathunde at or at 773-442-4028 in NEIU's Veteran's Services.

General Scholarship Application

Newly entering and continuing students who to be considered for other types of awards, such as NEIU Foundation Scholarships, should complete the General Scholarship Application . Instructions are listed on the form. The priority deadline is set for March 15 of each year.


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