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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:

Applications are now being accepted for the Murrell J. Higgins Duster Scholarship. There will be three $450 scholarships awarded to students enrolled for the Fall 2018 semester. The application form is fillable, so please download the form to your desktop to complete.

A complete application packet includes the application form providing all information requested and a 750-word essay on how your involvement with the Pedroso Center has enhanced your understanding of diversity, social justice and/or intersectionality and what these concepts mean to you with regard to your identity.   

The deadline to submit a completed application form along with an essay is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

By mail or hand delivery:

Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
c/o: Michael Partipilo
5500 N. 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 on Monday, April 23, 2018. 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.

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