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Northeastern establishes Social Justice Leadership Housing Award for incoming freshmen, transfer students

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University has launched the Social Justice Leadership Housing Award, President Gloria J. Gibson announced on June 24. The award is a new leadership program for students who positively impact their university, career and communities. Students participating in the program will be given one year's free housing in The Nest, Northeastern’s on-campus apartments, while taking a first-year seminar during their first semester and while participating in a series of leadership workshops during their second semester.

“Providing free housing to eligible students while giving them the tools to make a difference in the world is a win-win situation,” Gibson said. “It’s also an innovative approach to how we recruit and prepare tomorrow’s leaders.”

The Social Justice Leadership Housing Award is the second new award announced by Northeastern in the past month. Earlier in June, Northeastern launched the George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship as an additional avenue for Northeastern to reinforce its commitment to preparing students to promote social justice and to make a difference in their communities.

In order to qualify for the Social Justice Leadership Housing Award, applicants must be new, first-year students or transfer students who maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, maintain a full-time course load of at least 12 credit hours per semester and meet regularly with an academic advisor. More information about how to apply will be forthcoming.