The Student Union Building as seen from the University Commons

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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.

“Northeastern is proud to educate some of the area’s best and brightest students,” President Gloria J. Gibson said. “I congratulate these scholars and look forward to the day that I shake their hands as they cross the stage at Commencement.”

This year’s awardees are:

  • Shagufta Khatoon (Chicago Mathematics and Science Academy)
  • Belma Ramic (Northside College Preparatory High School)
  • Amber Rojas (Lyons Township High School)

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.