Undergraduate Merit Tuition Award


We are proud to offer, every term, the Undergraduate Merit Tuition Scholarship, which is basically the equivalent of one course paid for in a given term.


To be eligible for an English Department Undergraduate Merit Tuition Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a declared English major with at least 12 credits/4 courses completed in the major, taken at NEIU
    (these do not include ENGL 101/102, which are general University requirements)
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.3 within the English major
  • be an Illinois resident earning their first B.A.
  • carry a minimum of six (6) credit hours during the semester of the award
  • enrolled in at least one summer course (if applying for the summer award)

Please note: This tuition waiver may not be compatible with other tuition waivers. If there are any questions regarding eligibility, please contact Brad Greenburg at b-greenburg@neiu.edu.

Along with a completed application form, please include a cover letter and a writing portfolio.

In your cover letter, please write a brief, one-page essay that details why you merit the scholarship. While need will be taken into consideration, this scholarship is primarily merit-based. Please specify your achievements within English courses and beyond, including commitments to student activities (such as SEEDS/La Mosca literary journal and The Independent), internships, jobs and any other activities you deem appropriate.

As your writing portfolio, please submit 10-20 pages of your best written work produced for English courses within the major. This portfolio may be a combination of all forms of writing, from literary analyses and creative work to research papers and argumentative essays.

You may apply for either the Summer 2024 or Fall 2024 scholarship, or for both, but a separate application/cover letter/writing portfolio must be submitted for each one.

Please email all completed applications to Brad Greenburg at b-greenburg@neiu.edu.

The final extended deadline to apply for our Summer 2024/Fall 2024 scholarship is 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2024.

The Ely Liebow Scholarship for 2024: $600


To be eligible for an Ely Liebow Award, applicants must:

  • be a declared English major with at least 12 credits completed in the major
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the major
  • be an Illinois resident
  • be earning their first B.A.
  • be enrolled for at least one summer course

Applicants should send an email to Office Administrator Hilary Jirka at h-jirka2@neiu.edu with the subject line "Liebow Award."

Attach or paste into the email an original piece of writing, in 750 words or less, your response to the following prompt: "Where do you get your news, and why do you trust those sources over others?"

The final extended deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. April 22, 2024.

The English/CMT PaulA M. Levy Memorial Scholarship: $1,000


The Paula M. Levy Memorial Scholarship is an annual funding opportunity available to English or Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT) majors at Northeastern Illinois University. To be eligible, a student must:

  • be an undergraduate student who is a declared major in Communication or English at the time of application
  • demonstrate financial need and academic excellence in their field
  • maintain good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward their degree for funding to be renewed for a second year

Recipients of the Levy Scholarship may also apply for other scholarships in either department.

Questions about this scholarship? Contact Brad Greenburg at b-greenburg@neiu.edu.

Apply Online

The extended deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. April 19, 2024.

Student Awards Ceremony

Each year we host a Student Awards Ceremony to honor the best work our undergraduate majors and graduate students have produced in the Northeastern Illinois University English Department.

The event is typically supported by donations from our generous alumni, who have a great appreciation for their English Department education at Northeastern and who want to support those following behind them.

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