Undergraduate Merit Tuition Award

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT UNDERGRADUATE MERIT TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS

We are proud to offer, every term, undergraduate merit tuition scholarships--basically the equivalent of one course paid for in a given term.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an English Department Undergraduate Merit Tuition Scholarship, 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.

Please note: This tuition waiver may not be compatible with other tuition waivers. If there are any questions regarding eligibility, please contact Tim Scherman at t-scherman@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 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.

Please email all completed applications to Tim Scherman at t-scherman@neiu.edu.

The deadline to apply for our Spring 2022 scholarship is Nov. 1, 2021.

The Ely Liebow Scholarship for 2021: $600

Eligibility

To be eligible for an English Department Undergraduate Merit Tuition Scholarship, 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 in 750 words or less your response to the following prompt:

"Lessons Learned From the Pandemic in My Community"

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.

The English/CMT Paul M. Levy Memorial Scholarship: $800

Eligibility

The Paul 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 Tim Scherman at t-scherman@neiu.edu

Apply Online

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2021.

Our End-of-Year Student Awards Ceremony

Due to COVID-19, our Awards Ceremony for Spring 2020 was canceled. Entrants will be contacted later in the fall regarding awards.

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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