Dean Murrell J. Higgins Duster

Murrell J. Higgins Duster served in several key faculty, administrative and leadership roles in her more than 35 years at Northeastern Illinois University. She was the founding Associate Vice President for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs for the Angelina Pedroso Center. Upon her retirement in 2012, Dean Duster continued her legacy at NEIU by endowing a scholarship fund to assist students with costs associated with attending Northeastern Illinois University. 

Scholarship Criteria:

  1. All applicants must be currently enrolled Northeastern Illinois University students.
  2. Scholarships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
  3. Students currently enrolled in their last semester can not apply.

How to Apply:

A call for applications for the Murrell J. Higgins Duster Scholarship will be announced during the Spring 2019 semester. These scholarships will be awarded to students who will be enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester. 

A complete application packet will include the application form providing all information requested and an essay related to your involvement with the Pedroso Center and how it has enhanced your understanding of diversity, social justice, and/or intersectionality and what these concepts mean to you with regard to your identity (specific essay topic to be determined and outlined in the application).

For more information, contact:

Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
c/o: Michael Partipilo
5500 North St. Louis Avenue, B 167
Chicago, IL 60625


By email:

Please consider utilizing campus resources such as the Learning Sucess Center to review your essay before you submit your application.

Once the application submission period closes, scholarship recipients will be selected and then notified in April. Scholarships will be applied to recipients’ tuition accounts after Sept. 1. Each recipient is required to submit a donor thank you letter upon notification of the scholarship award.