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Privately Funded Scholarships

Northeastern has more than 40 privately funded scholarships established by alumni, faculty and friends.  Many of these are applicable to students irrespective of their field of pursuit. Some of these scholarships (listed below) are geared specifically for students pursuing careers in education.

Education Career Specific Scholarships:

Kaszubowski Memorial Scholarship

The Dr. Olga Kaszubowski Memorial Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship toward tuition and fees for one academic year. Undergraduate students who have declared a major in elementary education are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a minium GPA of 3.00/4.00. Preference will be given to applicants of Eastern European descent, particularly those of Polish descent, and/or to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces of any nationality. Descent is defined as having a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent who can trace his or her ancestry to one of the Eastern European Countries. Additionally, preference will be given to applicants with concentrations in the sciences. 

Professor Bonnie B. Busse Memorial Merit Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is available to sophomore, junior, and senior students majoring in K-12 education. Selection is based on merit / academic excellence. To be considered, you must be enrolled full-time at Northeastern Illinois University, and you must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.5.

Aixa Diaz Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students at Northeastern Illinois University who are declared education majors admitted to the College of Education. You must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to students of Latino descent.

Smith Barney Mercantile Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in Northeastern’s Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education who are Chicago Public High School graduates and attended all four years of high school in the Chicago Public School system. This opportunity is also open to NEIU College of Education graduate students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Undergraduate applicants must have a cumulative grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher, and graduate student applicants must have a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher. Graduate students must be employed full-time as a teacher in the Chicago Public School system, and be admitted and enrolled in an NEIU Daniel L.Goodwin College of Education graduate program for the purpose of enhancing their teaching abilities. Graduate student applicants must have a demonstrated history of working with under-served youth in the Chicago public school system. All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and submit an essay.

Gus Ziagos Memorial Scholarship

This endowed award is available to students majoring in Physical Education who have earned a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.75. Faculty members of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics should nominate students for consideration and must submit full letters of recommendation to assist consideration. Students may win this award more than once through the nomination process.

NEIU Chuck Kane College of Education Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is available to outstanding full- or part-time graduate or undergraduate students with a declared major within the College of Education and is based on merit/academic excellence.

Sue, Mary Jane and Jacqueline Krump Scholarship 

This scholarship is named for three sisters, Sue, Mary Jane, and Jacqueline Krump all graduates of the Chicago Teachers’ College, which later became Northeastern Illinois University.


  • Currently enrolled and in good standing (3.00 for graduate students) at Northeastern
  • Declared major or pursuing Master’s degree in the Early Childhood Education program within the College of Education

Mary Jane Krump Cascino Scholarship 


  • Currently enrolled and in good standing at Northeastern Illinois University.
  • Declared, pre-declared, or intended major in the Early Childhood Education program within the College of Education.
  • Demonstrated financial need.

Great Milwaukee Foundation Donald P. Timm Scholarship 

MUST be admitted into the College of Education. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for undergraduate students or a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher for graduate students.  Be enrolled half-time or full-time at NEIU (a minimum of six credit hours)

Lynne E. Worsham Memorial Award

First preference given to students who attended Michael Faraday Elementary School. Second preference given to graduates of any school within the Chicago Public School system who are declared Education majors or declared pre-Education majors.

The Mark Zinman Endowed Scholarship (For Special Education Majors)

This fund has been established in the memory of Mr. Mark S. Zinman who studied at Northeastern Illinois University and became a special education major at Illinois State University. He always had a great affinity for children, especially those with special needs and to provide financial support to a deserving student.

Excecutive Learning Exchange's Chicagoland Leaning Leaders RightStart4Kids

The scholarship provides undergraduate students, sophomore status or above, $600 toward tuition to pursue a major in Human Resource Development for Academic Year 2016-2017. 

Chuck Kane Memorial Award

This endowed scholarship was created in memory of the late NEIU professor and athletic instructor, Mr. Charles G. Kane, for whom the annual Chuck Kane Memorial Golf Outing is held. The scholarship is available to seniors majoring in Physical Education who have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher. Qualified applicants must have demonstrated superior potential for teaching and a willingness to help others, have exemplary leadership qualities and attained a high degree of competency in a variety of sports with active participation in school organizations.

Charles G. Kane Award

This endowed scholarship is available to graduate students pursuing their M.S. in Exercise Science. Applicants must be in their final spring semester of studies and must be expected to earn the degree in three calendar years or less. Applicants must have no more than one grade below “A” and no grade below “B” in their major coursework and must have demonstrated leadership qualities during their time in the program, including intra-and/or extra-University service. Applicants must also be current members of the American College of Sports Medicine and/or the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and must possess outstanding potential as a professional within the exercise science-related fields.

The Student Travel Award

Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students presenting their original work at academic conferences can apply for an NEIU Foundation Student Travel Award. These awards are made possible by private contributions to the NEIU Leader Fund and provide funding for major travel expenses such as airfare, hotel/lodging and conference registration. All Northeastern students are eligible to apply. Funding is limited, and the selection process is competitive.


The College of Education provides a limited number of scholarships for undergraduates over the entire span of their undergraduate study at Northeastern Illinois University.  Students who show high promise for academic achievement will be considered.

Students may reapply and be reconsidered for continued support from this program on a semester-by-semester basis.  The complete Scholarship Application must be resubmitted for each semester student is seeking an award.

Graduate Merit Tuition Scholarships

For graduate students, merit tuition scholarships are offered through the College of Graduate Studies and Research. For details, contact your program advisor or the College of Graduate Studies and Research.


The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families. You also will need to meet other requirements, which are outlined in this fact sheet. The terms and conditions of this teaching service obligation are explained in the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that you must sign before you receive a TEACH Grant. See more information in the TEACH Grant Fact Sheet.


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