Scholarships listed below are geared specifically to students pursuing careers in education.
Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education Merit Tuition Scholarship
The Goodwin College of Education (GCOE) provides a limited number of scholarships for undergraduate education majors, either prospective or declared. Students (including transfer students) who show high promise for academic achievement will be considered. A cumulative GPA of 3.50 is required. (Applicant's transcripts will be accessed internally to verify the GPA. If the NEIU transcripts currently do not show a GPA, the applicant might be asked to provide transfer transcripts).
Scholarships can be granted over the entire span of their undergraduate study at Northeastern Illinois University, not to exceed four years, or a total of eight semesters, including summer terms. A minimum number of credit hours is required in order to maintain the scholarship:
- full-time enrollment:12 credit hours or 9 credit hours to students doing student teaching
- half-time enrollment: 6-11 credit hours
- summer terms: at least 3 credit hours
Students may reapply and be considered for continued support from this program on a semester-by-semester basis. The complete scholarship application must be submitted for each semester that student is seeking an award. The application must include:
- an online submission
- uploaded one letter of recommendation (from either NEIU faculty, volunteer organizations, church associations, employment supervisors)
- uploaded one-page essay describing objectives, skills, and accomplishments, as they relate to the college major
The number of scholarships and level of financial award is based on available funding. Scholarship applications will be first reviewed by the applicant's department faculty/advisor or the department chair, who will make preliminary nominations. Afterwards, the GCOE Scholarship Committee will determine scholarship candidates from among the nominees, and will award amounts each semester. Awarded students will be notified by the Dean’s Office via email, within 3-4 weeks after the deadline. Applicants who were not nominated will be notified by their respective department chair.
The GCOE Merit Tuition Scholarship deadlines are:
- Fall: June 1
- Spring: Oct. 1
- Summer: Feb. 1
The Spring 2023 application is now open through Sept. 30, 2022.
The application for the following semesters will be activated 30 days before each deadline. At that time, you need to be logged into your NEIU email (Nmail) in order to complete the application.
Note: Graduate students, TLP students, and second bachelor's degree-seeking students are not eligible for the Goodwin College of Education Merit Tuition Scholarship.
Dr. Olga Kaszubowski Memorial Scholarship
The Dr. Olga Kaszubowski Memorial Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship toward tuition and fees for one academic year. Undergraduate or graduate students who have been admitted to the Goodwin College of Education or College of Graduate Studies and Research and have declared a major in Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, or Special Education are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00. Preference will be given to applicants of Eastern European descent, particularly those of Polish descent, and/or 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 area of the sciences. The application is now open through April 15, 2022.
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.
This endowed scholarship is available to new freshman students (first semester at NEIU) who are U.S. citizens and residents of the state of Illinois. Candidate must be committed to pursuing a career in education.
If you plan to teach at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary school, or secondary school, for which the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined that no less than 30 percent of the enrolled students are African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American; and you are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, then you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year as part of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program.
Grow Your Own (GYO) Illinois is a 501c3 non-profit that advances the efforts of the GYO consortia to achieve equity, excellence and diversity in the new teacher pipeline and the teaching force.
Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans. Read more information.
Northeastern Illinois University’s Noyce Scholars Program supports the recruitment and retention of talented Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Science majors in Secondary Education through the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship and the Noyce STEM Internship Program. Northeastern's work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1660785.
The Noyce Teacher Scholarship is worth up to $17,725 per academic year for Northeastern students to be used for the cost of attendance for up to two years. This award is in addition to paid summer internships and undergraduate research, mentoring, peer leadership and school and community partnerships. This is an exciting program that prepares those who have chosen a career path in secondary education STEM to teach in high-need urban schools.
The Noyce STEM Internship Program is a collaboration between Northeastern and the City Colleges of Chicago that is open to undergraduate students who are interested in exploring STEM fields—particularly students who are interested in teaching STEM.
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.
This endowed scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students at Northeastern Illinois University who are declared education majors admitted to the Goodwin 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.
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 Schools system. This opportunity is also open to Goodwin 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 Schools system, and be admitted and enrolled in a 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 Schools system. All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and submit an essay.
This endowed scholarship is available to outstanding full- or part-time graduate or undergraduate students with a declared major within the Goodwin College of Education and is based on merit/academic excellence.
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.
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.
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 Goodwin College of Education
- Currently enrolled and in good standing at Northeastern Illinois University.
- Declared, pre-declared, or intended major in the Early Childhood Education program within the Goodwin College of Education.
- Demonstrated financial need.
The scholarship provides undergraduate students, sophomore status or above, an award toward tuition to pursue a major in Human Resource Development.
MUST be admitted into the Goodwin 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).
Marion L. Molyneaux Scholarship
Available to Early Childhood Education majors. Must be currently enrolled for full-time or half-time. This scholarship can be awarded based on financial need and/or academic merit.
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Available to a full-time or half-time undergraduate or graduate student of Latin American descent with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
First preference given to students who attended Michael Faraday Elementary School. Second preference given to graduates of any school within the Chicago Public Schools system who are declared Education majors or declared pre-Education majors.
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 Science and Physical Education 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.
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.
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.
Click on the link above for a list of currently available professional educator scholarships. Last updated Fall 2019.
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.
TEACH GRANT PROGRAM
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.