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Two Scholarship Opportunities

Merit Tuition Scholarship

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences provides a limited number of Merit Tuition Scholarships for interested and deserving undergraduates (Second Bachelor’s candidates are not eligible) within the College of Arts and Sciences. These scholarships are generally granted for three to six credit hours and students MUST be enrolled at least half-time. Scholarships will be granted on the basis of the student’s intended major, status, Intended Career/Educational Goals, transcripts and/or ACT/SAT scores, and letter of recommendation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Transfer and NEIU continuing students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Students who have earned 45 credit hours at NEIU must be declared majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Transfer students with over 45 total hours must declare their major in the College of Arts and Sciences by their second semester at NEIU.
  • Entering freshmen must be in the top 15 percent of their graduating class or have a minimum ACT score of 24 or SAT of 1110.

Submission Requirements:

  • Transfer and NEIU continuing students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Students who have earned 45 credit hours at NEIU must be declared majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Transfer students with over 45 total hours must declare their major in the College of Arts and Sciences by their second semester at NEIU.
  • Entering freshmen must be in the top 15 percent of their graduating class or have a minimum ACT score of 24 or SAT of 1110.

Applicants must submit a complete application including:

  • A clear, coherent, and detailed Intention of Career/Educational Goals attached to the application.
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor/teacher (preferred), or counselor sent directly to the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Official college transcript (NEIU transcripts may be unofficial), OR an official high school transcript reflecting class standing and ACT/SAT scores.

This award may be withdrawn in instances of substantiated academic misconduct or other violations of University standards pertaining to proper student conduct.

Application Deadlines: 

Semester Application & Documentation Due
Fall May 15
Spring October 1
Summer February 1

Scholarship applications are available at the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, (BBH 158), or can be downloaded below. The application must be completely filled out, including ALL supporting documentation, and submitted to the Dean’s Office by the application deadline. The College Merit Tuition Scholarship Committee will review all applications and notify applicants approximately one month after the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Send application, intention of career/educational goals letter, letter of recommendation, and transcripts to:

Mary Hay Verne
Administrative Assistant
Office of the Dean, BBH 158
College of Arts and Sciences
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Ill. 60625-4699

Phone: (773) 442-5708
Fax: (773) 442-5710

Merit Tuition Scholarship Instructions and Application


DR. HARRY N. HILD STUDENT WRITING AWARD 2017-18 ($700)

The Dr. Harry N. Hild Student Writing Award for the College of Arts and Sciences provides annual support for students in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College hosts a student writing competition to celebrate the importance of effective communication skills. To participate in the writing competition, applicants must submit an original written work that will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of faculty in the College.

Undergraduate students who have declared a major in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern Illinois University are eligible to apply. Applicants may be enrolled full-time or part-time. Applicants who are currently seniors must have at least one semester remaining prior to graduation to be eligible.  

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Declared major in the College of Arts and Sciences at NEIU
  • Enrolled full-time or part-time
  • If you are a senior, at least one semester remaining before graduation

Submission Requirements:

  • A completed Dr. Harry N. Hild Student Writing Award application
  • An original written text addressing the following:

    Northeastern Illinois University is guided by six key values, one of which is EXCELLENCE. According to NEIU’s Statement of Values:

    “In our pursuit of and commitment to excellence, we value the highest quality of learning and teaching, scholarship, and service. We value opportunities and experiences that support personal and professional development for all members of our community. In all that we say and do, we are committed to the process and products of excellence.”

    What does EXCELLENCE mean to you?

  • Submissions may include an informative or persuasive essay; a creative format (e.g., a poem, short story, short play, script or screenplay); a journalistic approach (e.g., opinion/editorial piece or news feature); an open letter (e.g., to a public/elected official); or a personal narrative.

For questions, contact Tim Libretti at t-libretti@neiu.edu or at (773) 442-5823.

Application deadline: April 3 (4:30 p.m.)

Harry Hild Scholarship Application - 2018

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