Spring 2020 English Department Undergraduate Merit Tuition Scholarships

The English Department works continually to provide funding for our majors. We are proud to announce the Spring 2020 English Department Undergraduate Merit Tuition Award Details and Deadlines.


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

  • Be a declared English major (this includes English/Secondary Education majors) 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 at least half-time (6 credit hours)

Please note: This tuition waiver may not be compatible with other tuition waivers. If there are any questions regarding eligibility, please contact Ryan Poll at

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

In your cover letter, please write a brief essay (no more than one page) 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 Ryan Poll at r-poll@neiu.edu

The deadline for award consideration for Spring 2020 is Nov. 18, 2019.

Recipient Participation Requirement

All scholarship recipients must be continuing or completing English coursework in the Spring of 2020.

Please complete information below:


NEIU ID #__________________



Primary Phone (      )___________________             

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First Semester/Year at NEIU:__________________  

NEIU GPA:_________________________

English GPA: ______________________

Please list all applicable information below:

Course # and Name                         Semester/Year                                      Grade