Partial view of the south side of the Fine Arts Building, Student Union and B Building with students walking and relaxing

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Northeastern Illinois University has awarded three Chicago-area high school students with its prestigious Presidential Scholarship.

Valued at more than $50,000 during the course of four academic years, the Presidential Scholarship covers full in-state tuition and fees, and provides a book allowance.

“The Presidential Scholarship is not only a way for Northeastern Illinois University to recruit the Chicago area’s best and brightest, but it is also a way we give back to the communities that have supported us,” Interim President Richard Helldobler said. “I congratulate these scholars and look forward to celebrating their academic accomplishments in the coming years.”

This year’s awardees are:

  • Natalia Borowska, Fenton Community High School (Bensenville)
  • Yuriy Khlopas, Elmwood Park High School
  • Aneta Zalinska, Ridgewood High School (Norridge)

Established in 2000, the first Presidential Scholarship was awarded to a recipient who, after graduating from Northeastern, attended and completed law school and is now a practicing attorney in Chicago.

The Presidential Scholarship Program attracts graduating high school seniors from the Chicago metropolitan and suburban areas who demonstrate strong academic promise.

Presidential Scholars receive automatic admission into the University Honors Program, take advantage of study abroad opportunities, and are involved in a variety of student organizations on campus, which enhance their leadership skills and commitment to service learning.