About the Presidential Scholarship Program

Valued at more than $60,000 during the course of four academic years, the Presidential Scholarship covers full in-state tuition, fees, and provides a book allowance. Housing costs not included. Each year, the University awards up to six new Presidential Scholars.

Established in 2000, Northeastern Illinois University awarded its first Presidential Scholarship to a recipient who after graduating from NEIU, attended and completed law school and is now a practicing attorney in Chicago. The Presidential Scholarship Program attracts graduating high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic promise from the Chicago metropolitan and suburban areas. Through the support of this scholarship, students are able to concentrate on their academic studies and be engaged in college life. This opportunity is open to incoming beginning freshmen only.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Presidential Scholarship application online [neiu.academicworks.com] or download [neiu.edu/scholarships],
  • Provide two typewritten essay responses to prompted questions. Provide a résumé listing academic honors, involvement in extracurricular activities and community service, and employment.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from teachers or guidance counselors.
  • Semi-finalists will be invited to campus for an interview with the University Scholarship Committee.

Online Application


  • Admitted first-time freshman to Northeastern Illinois University.
  • ACT composite score of 25 or greater  (or) SAT equivalent of 1200 (or) graduation in top 10% of class
  • Academic grade point average of 3.50 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduating senior of an Illinois high school and be an Illinois resident.
  • Students who are selected to receive the scholarship are admitted into the University Honors Program. Participation and completion of requirements is mandatory.
  • Recipients must maintain full-time enrollment (at least 12 or more credit hours per semester).
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.50 GPA.


  • Priority Deadline: December 1
  • Final Deadline: February 15

For additional information, please contact the Director of Scholarships at scholarships@neiu.edu.