Governors State University Foundation and Alumni Association scholarship funding recognizes academic excellence and is awarded to assist deserving students in their pursuit of a GSU degree. During the Academic Year 2013-2014, more than $110,000 in scholarship aid was provided to GSU students via this in-house program.

Scholarship offerings for any given year are determined from a large list of scholarships, each of which has its own criteria and funding level. In addition, the number and scale of scholarships vary from year to year, based on available funds.

Please review eligibility, criteria, and deadlines for scholarships carefully. Students are responsible for submitting required documentation, including an application form (see Guidelines and Application below)on time and in a professional manner. Be sure to FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.

 Scholarship offerings for the Spring 2015 semester are listed below.

  If you are not a current student, please send us an email   to be placed on a notification list. 

Contact us  with questions or concerns.

  • College of Arts and Sciences

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    Includes students in the following programs:

    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Anthropology and Sociology
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Chemistry

    Includes students in the following programs:

    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Anthropology and Sociology
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Communication
    • Communication and Training
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • English
    • Environmental Biology
    • Independent Film and Digital Imaging
    • Information Technology
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Political and Justice Studies
    • Political Science
    • Social Sciences 

    The following scholarships are currently available for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Arts and Sciences for the Spring 2015 2014 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Application deadline is January 12, 2015

     

    David Bernstein Endowed Scholarship in English  

    Award:                                 One at $500 

    Eligibility:

        • Undergraduate majors in English or English education
        • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
        • Must have completed two trimesters at GSU
        • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

        Documentation Required:

          Essay (500 words) describing qualifications, emphasizing your contributions to the English division through classroom participation and tutoring.

          Jassac Charitable Foundation Scholarship Honoring Lorine S. Samuels

          Award:                                 Two at $500 (Follett Gift Card)

          Eligibility:

          • Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student
          • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from GSU or most recent school
          • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours
          • African American student preferred

          Documentation Required:

            • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations.

            The Wade Scholarship (Criminal Justice)

            Award:                                 One at $500

            Eligibility: 

                • Degree-seeking student in good academic standing;
                • Pursuing a degree in criminal justice
                • Minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good academic standing
                • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hour
                • Financial need may be considered but is not a requirement
                •  Recipient must attend a banquet in the spring by the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police

                  Documentation Required:  

                    • Essay (1,000 words) discussing any personal information, academic, professional, or philanthropic goals that the applicant deems pertinent

                    Dental Personnel Placement Service, Inc. Community Service Scholarship

                    Award:                                 One at $500

                    Eligibility: 

                    • Must be a transfer student from Prairie State College’s Dental Hygiene Program;
                    •  Must be seeking an undergraduate degree in Science;
                    •  Must be a degree seeking student enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

                    Documentation Required:  

                    • Must submit a letter of reference for volunteer service, preferably in the dental field;
                    • Submit a 500 word essay on why you chose your field of study

                    Henne and Kovach Family Award in Chemistry

                    Award:                                One at $500

                    Eligibility:

                    • Degree seeking student in the College of Arts and Sciences;
                    • Must enroll in or have taken Bio-Chemistry 5331 (with a C or better);
                    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

                    Documentation Required:                                                                                                            

                      • Essay (500 words) describing how you feel bio-chemistry will impact your career choice.

                      Mathematics Student Teaching Scholarship

                      Award:                                 Two at $1,000

                      Eligibility:

                        • Degree seeking or Mathematics Certificate student.

                            • Enrolled in EDUC 4999 course or be approved for Student Teaching

                                • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 12 credit hours

                                    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA of 3.0

                                        • United States citizen.

                                        Documentation Required: 

                                          • Submit a copy of your essay (two pages – 1” margins) that was submitted for admission into the student teaching program that describes your Philosophy of Education, Mathematics Education. This paper reflects your beliefs about teaching and learning as developed during your coursework and during the student teaching experience. Your essay will be reviewed from the aspects of GSU Professional Education Unit’s conceptual framework addressing areas of knowledge, skills, and dispositions included in your paper. Your beliefs about mathematics teaching will also be reviewed.

                                             

                                               

                                               

                                            • College of Business and Public Administration

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                                              Includes students in the following programs:

                                              • Accounting
                                              • Accelerated Professional Accounting Program (new)
                                              • Accelerated Online MBA Supply Chain Management Cohort (new)
                                              • Business Administration
                                              • Business and Applied Science
                                              • Economics (new)
                                              • Entrepreneurship (new)
                                              • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
                                              • Management Information Systems

                                              The following scholarships are currently available for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Business and Public Administration for the Fall 2014 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Application deadline is June 19, 2014

                                              Academic Advisors' Scholarship

                                              Award:                               One at $500     

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduate, degree seeking student
                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Financial need is not a criterion

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals, how you chose your academic program, and the impact that Academic Advising had on your education.

                                              Martin Anthonisen Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Enrolled in GSU's Finance degree program
                                              • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
                                              • Returning adult student with financial need
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) discussing reasons for choosing a career in finance, and indicating financial need.

                                              American Logistics Association Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Two at $1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate and graduate CBPA students in pursuit of a career in logistics, business administration or accounting
                                              • Must be a veteran or active in the military or a federal civil service employee, or be a dependent of a veteran with an honorable discharge or a dependent of a federal civil service employee.
                                              • Must also be a member of a household within a 50-mile radius of Chicago.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) covering observance of restrictions, experience in logistics, and academic/career aspirations in logistics-related field.
                                              • Two letters of recommendation from a GSU faculty member and/or administrator, or from employment supervisors

                                              Ronald Bean Community Service Scholarship

                                              Award:                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Demonstrate engagement in community volunteer services.
                                              • United States citizen.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) demonstrating a history of and desire to continue volunteering in the community.   
                                              • Two letters of recommendation from a volunteer organization.

                                              CBPA Student Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                 One at $1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student in the College of Business and Public Administration
                                              • Completed minimum of twelve graded hours at GSU
                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • US Citizen and resident of Illinois

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) discussing commitment to school and community service as well as leadership qualities
                                              • Two letters of recommendation from CBPA Faculty members attesting to service commitment and leadership qualities

                                              Dr. Curtis J. and Mrs. Gina Crawford Endowed Scholarship in Business

                                              Award:                                 Five at $1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking student pursuing a business career
                                              • Preference given to MBA students, but undergrads will be considered
                                              • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
                                              • Financial need will be considered but not a determinant.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Biographical essay (500 to 1000 words) documenting work experience (if any), commitment to the field, career plans, reason for choice of major, and qualities that prove eligibility, etc.
                                              • A letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator.

                                              Dr. Lowell W. Culver Fellowship in Public Administration

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must be a graduate student in Public Administration
                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Biographical essay (500 words) addressing how an MPA from GSU will be a benefit to a career in the public sector.  Finalists must show promise in their selected career.

                                              Donald Dolan Endowed Business Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate or graduate
                                              • CBPA students seeking a degree in business administration.
                                              • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Good academic standing at GSU or prior school
                                              • Financial need is a criterion
                                              • United States citizen and resident of Illinois

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) discussing career aspirations in the field of production and manufacturing.

                                              First Midwest Bank Scholarship

                                              Award:                 Two at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduate of Joliet Junior College or South Suburban Community College
                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
                                              • Undergraduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement.  

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500-1000 words) describing any personal information, academic, professional, or philanthropic goals that the applicant deems pertinent. 

                                              $100 Follett-GSU Textbook Voucher

                                              Award:                                 Thirty at $100 (Follett Gift Card)

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.25 for graduates
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (300 words) outlining how you intend to use your GSU degree.

                                              Lorraine Fontana Endowed Memorial Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Three at $1,000 

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking student in the College of Business and Public Administration or College of Arts and Sciences
                                              • Majoring in Management Information Systems, Accounting, Finance or Information Technology 
                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, in good academic standing
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • United States Citizen

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals and how this award will impact your education.

                                              Great Lakes Bank Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Five at $1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduated or transferred from Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Moraine Valley Community College, or Joliet Junior College.
                                              • Enrolled at GSU in a major in one of the following: College of Health and Human Services, College of Education (Division of Education only) or College of Business and Public Administration (Division of Accounting/Finance/MIS or Division of Management/Marketing)
                                              • Undergraduate or graduate student
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) indicating how you will use your degree in the southland metropolitan region, which includes south Cook and Will counties

                                              Donald W. Hansen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Two at $1,200

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate or graduate student
                                              • Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Minimum 15 hours of graded work at GSU within the two previous years.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing your academic excellence and leadership abilities.
                                              • Letters of recommendation which attest to your academic excellence, leadership, and community service.

                                              Jassac Charitable Foundation Scholarship Honoring Lorine S. Samuels

                                              Award:                                 Two at $500 (Follett Gift Card)

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student
                                              • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from GSU or most recent school
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours
                                              • African American student preferred

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations.

                                              Manilow Scholarship for Students Who Achieve Intellectual Excellence

                                              Award:                                 Three at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in any field
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Demonstrate academic excellence and determination to complete their degree.
                                              • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
                                              • Financial may be considered

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your candidacy and career goals and how your degree will benefit your career. Include a brief bio describing your educational and employment history and accomplishments as they relate to career goals.
                                              • Letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator may be submitted.

                                              Francisco Montalvo Endowed Scholarship 

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must be a degree seeking student at Governors State University
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
                                              • Hispanic or Spanish speaking student preferred
                                              • Must have financial need as evidenced by the current FASFA
                                              • Preference given to a student with interest in labor/union rights.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing reasons for career choice.

                                              Master of Public Administration Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking student enrolled in the MPA program at GSU. 
                                              • Good academic standing with a minimum 3.70 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or enrolling) in minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Have at least 21 hours of earned credit in the MPA Program at GSU

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (1 or two pages) describing how he/she expects to benefit from a Master's in Public Administration degree.

                                              The Wilbur L. Morrison Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Ten at 1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Course of study must be leading to a business degree.
                                              • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • US Citizen and Illinois resident

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Biographical essay (500 to 1000 words) indicating education and work experience, along with reasons to be considered for the award.
                                              • Letter of reference from dean, division chair or faculty member detailing student's commitment to and/or experience in retailing.

                                              Rich Township Community Scholarships

                                              Award:                                 Six at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must live or work in Rich Township, Illinois
                                              • 22 years of age or older
                                              • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking student at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
                                              • Rich Township officials or employees, or family members of officials or employees are not eligible.
                                              • Preference is given to the a) Spouse of Military Reservist called to active duty; b) Single parent in the process of completing degree requirements; c) Recently unemployed person in process of training for a new career; or d) Veterans whose benefits do not cover textbooks.  This is not a requirement.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (300 -500 words) outlining their career goals.  Essay should include a description on how you fit into one or more of the above preferences, if applicable.

                                              Scholarship for Finance or Accounting Students

                                              Award:                                 Five at $2,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting or a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in finance.
                                              • Undergraduate student in good academic standing at GSU
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Financial need is a criterion

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1,000 words) explaining your definition of ethical behavior as it relates to the finance/accounting fields.

                                            • College of Education Scholarships

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                                              Includes students in the following programs:

                                              • Counseling
                                              • Education
                                              • Educational Administration
                                              • Early Childhood Education
                                              • Elementary Education
                                              • Interdisciplinary Leadership
                                              • Psychology
                                              • Reading
                                              • Secondary Education
                                              • Teaching
                                              • Multicategorical Special Education  

                                              The following scholarships are currently available for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Education for the Fall 2014 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Application deadline is June 19, 2014

                                              David and Barbara Barr Endowed Scholarship 
                                                Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student
                                              • Preference given to students enrolled in the College of Education or who have announced intention to pursue a career in elementary or secondary education in the south suburbs of Chicago and/or eastern portions of Will County.
                                              • Preference will be given to students who are currently teachers in elementary or secondary education in service area.
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              •  Financial need and scholastic achievement will be considered.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) indicating how you will use your degree to pursue a career in elementary or secondary education in the south suburbs of Chicago or in the eastern portions of Will County, your scholastic achievements, and financial need.

                                              Academic Advisors' Scholarship

                                              Award:                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduate, degree seeking student
                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Financial need is not a criterion

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals, how you chose your academic program, and the impact that Academic Advising had on your education.

                                              Ronald Bean Community Service Scholarship

                                              Award:                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Demonstrate engagement in community volunteer services.
                                              • United States citizen.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) demonstrating a history of and desire to continue volunteering in the community.   
                                              • Two letters of recommendation from a volunteer organization.

                                              Burton Collins Scholarships

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Enrolled in School Counseling Program
                                              • Must have candidacy, or completing candidacy, during the term of application
                                              • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Financial need is a criterion

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1000 words) addressing commitment to working with people, overcoming life's obstacles, reason for financial need and clarity of career goals.
                                              • Two letters of recommendation are required, addressing the applicant's suitability for a career in School Counseling, including qualities such as humor, perseverance, appreciation of diversity, and capacity for leadership.

                                              Dr. Judith A. Cooney Memorial Scholarship in Counseling

                                              Award:                                 One at $1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Enrolled in School Counseling Program
                                              • Must have candidacy, or completing candidacy, during the term of application
                                              • Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of 9 credit hours (If enrolled in less than nine credit hours (but a minimum of six hours) the award may be prorated and applied to the next term until fully expended.
                                              • Financial need is a criterion

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1000 words) addressing commitment to working with people, overcoming life's obstacles, reason for financial need and clarity of career goals.
                                              • Two letters of recommendation are required, addressing the applicant's suitability for a career in School Counseling, including qualities such as compassion, humor, courage, ethical behavior, commitment, etc.

                                              First Midwest Bank Scholarship

                                              Award:                 Two at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduate of Joliet Junior College or South Suburban Community College
                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
                                              • Undergraduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement.  

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500-1000 words) describing any personal information, academic, professional, or philanthropic goals that the applicant deems pertinent. 

                                              $100 Follett-GSU Textbook Voucher

                                              Award:                                 Thirty at $100 (Follett Gift Card)

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.25 for graduates
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (300 words) outlining how you intend to use your GSU degree.

                                              Great Lakes Bank Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Five at $1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduated or transferred from Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Moraine Valley Community College, or Joliet Junior College.
                                              • Enrolled at GSU in a major in one of the following: College of Health and Human Services, College of Education (Division of Education only) or College of Business and Public Administration (Division of Accounting/Finance/MIS or Division of Management/Marketing)
                                              • Undergraduate or graduate student
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) indicating how you will use your degree in the southland metropolitan region, which includes south Cook and Will counties.

                                              Harry P. McHale Memorial Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking student in College of Arts and Sciences or be employed as a classroom teacher at any grade level
                                              • Completed two math courses with a "B" or better, the lower of which may not be below Algebra I (high school courses are acceptable)
                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
                                              • At least 30 years old
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              •  Registered voter in Illinois

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) reflecting on the teacher who most influenced your life and why you are pursuing an education.

                                              Donald W. Hansen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Two at $1,200

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate or graduate student
                                              • Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Minimum 15 hours of graded work at GSU within the two previous years.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing your academic excellence and leadership abilities.
                                              • Letters of recommendation which attest to your academic excellence, leadership, and community service.

                                              Jassac Charitable Foundation Scholarship Honoring Lorine S. Samuels

                                              Award:                                 Two at $500 (Follett Gift Card)

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student
                                              • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from GSU or most recent school
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours
                                              • African American student preferred

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations.

                                              Francisco Montalvo Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must be a degree seeking student at Governors State University
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
                                              • Hispanic or Spanish speaking student preferred
                                              • Must have financial need as evidenced by the current FASFA
                                              • Preference given to a student with interest in labor/union rights.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing reasons for career choice.

                                              Manilow Scholarship for Students Who Achieve Intellectual Excellence

                                              Award:                                 Three at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in any field
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Demonstrate academic excellence and determination to complete their degree.
                                              • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
                                              • Financial may be considered

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your candidacy and career goals and how your degree will benefit your career. Include a brief bio describing your educational and employment history and accomplishments as they relate to career goals.
                                              • Letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator may be submitted.

                                              Rich Township Community Scholarships

                                              Award:                                 Six at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must live or work in Rich Township, Illinois
                                              • 22 years of age or older
                                              • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking student at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
                                              • Rich Township officials or employees, or family members of officials or employees are not eligible.
                                              • Preference is given to the a) Spouse of Military Reservist called to active duty; b) Single parent in the process of completing degree requirements; c) Recently unemployed person in process of training for a new career; or d) Veterans whose benefits do not cover textbooks.  This is not a requirement.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (300 -500 words) outlining their career goals.  Essay should include a description on how you fit into one or more of the above preferences, if applicable.

                                              Matteson Rotary Club

                                              Award:                                 Two at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Students working toward a career in the public schools
                                              • Live in the service area of Richton Park, Olympia Fields, and Matteson.
                                              • Preference is given to those who intend to work in schools in underserved areas
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Financial need is considered.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Biographical essay (250 to 500 words) describing career goals and how this award will impact your education.

                                              Dr. W. Prince and Elise McLemore Scholarship for Elementary Education

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate or graduate elementary education students
                                              • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
                                              • Must have completed at least nine hours at GSU
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling)in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Must be a minority

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your qualifications.

                                              Ralph R. and Dolores Turner Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education

                                              Award:                                 One at $1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must be a returning African-American student, at least 30 years in age
                                              • Degree seeking student in Elementary Education
                                              • Undergraduate student in good academic standing
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Substantiate an active commitment to, and involvement in, community service.
                                              • Resident of Illinois and a United States citizen

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1000 words) documenting commitment to, and involvement in, community service.
                                              • Letters of support may be submitted from the professor in the division Elementary Education.

                                              Dr. Peggy Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Two at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate elementary education majors who are specializing in reading/language arts
                                              • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Must be minority
                                              • Completed at least nine hours of coursework at GSU.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals and why you should receive this scholarship.

                                            • College of Health and Human Services

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                                              Includes students in the following programs:

                                              • Addictions Studies
                                              • Communication Disorders
                                              • Community Health
                                              • Health Administration
                                              • Family Nurse Practitioner
                                              • Nursing
                                              • Social Work
                                              • Occupational Therapy
                                              • Physical Therapy

                                              The following scholarships are currently available for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Health and Human Services for the Fall 2014 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Application deadline is June 19, 2014

                                              Addiction Studies Alumni Club Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking students in good academic standing
                                              • Graduate student in the Addiction Studies program
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) discussing your career choice and your reasons for choosing this field.

                                              Axiom Integrated Services Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Two at $750 (one graduate; one undergraduate)

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking students in Health Care Administration Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.0 (at GSU  or former college/university)
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of six credit hours
                                              • United States Citizen
                                              • Financial need is a criterion (a FAFSA form is required)

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • A letter of reference from a professor discussing their commitment to Health Administration and their ability to think on their feet
                                              • Essay (500 words) discussing the reasons you chose a career in Health Care Administration and your commitment to the field.

                                              Academic Advisors' Scholarship

                                              Award:                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              Graduate, degree seeking student

                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Financial need is not a criterion

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing your career goals, how you chose your academic program, and the impact that Academic Advising had on your education.

                                              Ronald Bean Community Service Scholarship

                                              Award:                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking in good academic standing at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Demonstrate engagement in community volunteer services.
                                              • United States citizen.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Biographical essay (500 to 1,000 words) demonstrating a history of and desire to continue volunteering in the community.   
                                              • Two letters of recommendation from a volunteer organization.

                                              First Midwest Bank Scholarship

                                              Award:                 Two at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduate of Joliet Junior College or South Suburban Community College
                                              • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
                                              • Undergraduate degree seeking student in good academic standing at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement.  

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500-1000 words) describing any personal information, academic, professional, or philanthropic goals that the applicant deems pertinent. 

                                              $100 Follett-GSU Textbook Voucher

                                              Award:                                 Thirty at $100 (Follett Gift Card)

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.25 for graduates
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (300 words) outlining how you intend to use your GSU degree.

                                              Great Lakes Bank Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Five at $1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduated or transferred from Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Moraine Valley Community College, or Joliet Junior College.
                                              • Enrolled at GSU in a major in one of the following: College of Health and Human Services, College of Education (Division of Education only) or College of Business and Public Administration (Division of Accounting/Finance/MIS or Division of Management/Marketing)
                                              • Undergraduate or graduate student
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) indicating how you will use your degree in the southland metropolitan region, which includes south Cook and Will counties.

                                              Donald W. Hansen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 Two at $1,200

                                              Eligibility:

                                              Undergraduate or graduate student

                                              Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA

                                              Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Minimum 15 hours of graded work at GSU within the two previous years.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              Essay (500 words) describing your academic excellence and leadership abilities.

                                              Letters of recommendation which attest to your academic excellence, leadership, and community service.

                                              Jassac Charitable Foundation Scholarship Honoring Lorine S. Samuels

                                              Award:                                 Two at $500 (Follett Gift Card)

                                              Eligibility:

                                              Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student

                                              Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from GSU or most recent school

                                              Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours

                                              African American student preferred

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              Essay (500 words) outlining your career aspirations.

                                              Francisco Montalvo Endowed Scholarship 

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must be a degree seeking student at Governors State University
                                              • Must be enrolled (or enrolling) in a minimum of six credit hours and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
                                              • Hispanic or Spanish speaking student preferred
                                              • Must have financial need as evidenced by the current FASFA
                                              • Preference given to a student with interest in labor/union rights.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing reasons for career choice.

                                              Manilow Scholarship for Students Who Achieve Intellectual Excellence

                                              Award:                                 Three at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in any field
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Demonstrate academic excellence and determination to complete their degree.
                                              • United States Citizen and resident of Illinois
                                              • Financial may be considered

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your candidacy and career goals and how your degree will benefit your career. Include a brief bio describing your educational and employment history and accomplishments as they relate to career goals.
                                              • Letter of recommendation from a GSU faculty member or administrator may be submitted.

                                              Rich Township Community Scholarships

                                              Award:                                 Six at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must live or work in Rich Township, Illinois
                                              • 22 years of age or older
                                              • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking student at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
                                              • Rich Township officials or employees, or family members of officials or employees are not eligible.
                                              • Preference is given to the a) Spouse of Military Reservist called to active duty; b) Single parent in the process of completing degree requirements; c) Recently unemployed person in process of training for a new career; or d) Veterans whose benefits do not cover textbooks.  This is not a requirement.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (300 -500 words) outlining their career goals.  Essay should include a description on how you fit into one or more of the above preferences, if applicable.

                                              Marie Gray Bertz Memorial Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate women returning to school who have not enrolled at another institution for at least two years before coming to GSU
                                              • Pursuing a career in health professions
                                              • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              Documentation Required:
                                              • Essay (500 words) outlining your career goals and why you should received this scholarship.

                                              Dr. Katherine Gavin Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student  majoring in the field of Science or Health
                                              • Minimum 3.0 (undergraduate) or 3.25 (graduate) cumulative GPA in good academic standing
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • United States citizen
                                              • Must demonstrate financial need. 

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (300 to 600 words) outlining your commitment to a career in the field of science or health and give rationale for selecting the career.  Include any volunteer community service(s) performed.
                                              • Two letters of recommendation from non-family member.

                                              James and Helen Hassett, and Mary Ann Faitz Endowed Scholarship in Nursing

                                              Award:                                 One at $750

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduate or undergraduate degree seeking  student in GSU's nursing program
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Good academic standing
                                              • United States citizen and an Illinois resident

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing your commitment to a career in nursing, the reasons for choosing the field, and your financial need.

                                              Henne and Kovach Family Award in Chemistry

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking student in the College of Arts and Sciences
                                              • Must enroll in or have taken Bio-Chemistry 5331 (with a C or better)
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

                                              Documentation Required:           

                                              • Essay (500 words) describing how you feel bio-chemistry will impact your career choice.

                                              Annie L. Lawrence Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Degree seeking student in the CHHS Physical Therapy program
                                              • Minimum 2.5 (undergraduate) or  3.0 (graduate) cumulative GPA
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • United States citizen and resident of Illinois

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your commitment to a career in the health professions, your work experience and/or academic background, and a brief biography
                                              • Letter of recommendation from program faculty.

                                              J-May Advanced Degree in Nursing Award

                                              Award:                                 One at $400

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Must be a degree seeking student enrolled in the GSU Doctorate of Nursing Practice program
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 words) on how this award will make a difference to you and your pursuit of a DNP.  Applicant must document service to the community or profession.

                                              Dr. W. Prince and Elsie McLemore Endowed Scholarship for Physical Therapy

                                              Award:                                 Two at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Undergraduate and graduate physical therapy students
                                              • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
                                              • Must have completed at least nine hours at GSU
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Must be a minority.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Submit an essay (500 to 1000 words) describing your qualifications.

                                              Monsignor Ignatius D. McDermott Endowed Scholarship

                                              Award:                                 One at $1,000

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Preference will be given to students in Addiction Studies or Social Work, although any CHHS student is eligible.
                                              • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at GSU for former school, and good academic standing
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours
                                              • Applicant must show personal goal of serving the underserved, preferably with work or volunteer experience.
                                              • Financial need is not a requirement but may be considered if demonstrated.

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Essay (500 to 1000 words) containing a brief bio, describing commitment to wanting to make a difference in society, and relating experience/career aspirations in the field of addiction and recovery.
                                              • Letters of support from faculty, administrators, and current or previous employers are encouraged.

                                              Melissa Kay Solomon Scholarship for Addiction Studies              

                                              Award:                                 One at $500

                                              Eligibility:

                                              • Graduate degree seeking student in Addictions Studies;
                                              • Minimum current cumulative GPA of 3.5 (at GSU or former college/university);
                                              • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of six credit hours;
                                              • Financial need is a criterion (a FAFSA form is required)

                                              Documentation Required:

                                              • Submit an essay (500 words) discussing the reasons you chose a career in Addiction Studies and your career goals.

                                            • Guidelines and Application

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                                              GSU Foundation Scholarship Instructions and Guidelines

                                              Important Scholarship Information:

                                               

                                              • Financial need scholarships require that a FASFA be on file at the time of application
                                              • Only one GSU Foundation scholarship may be awarded per academic year
                                              • All scholarships are applied to tuition and fees only, unless otherwise stated in the criteria, up to the maximum award. Unused funds will continue to be applied to the student's account for subsequent semesters during the same academic year, provided student continues to meet the minimum eligibility requirements.
                                              • A student is allowed to receive a tuition waiver and a scholarship up to but not to exceed the cost of tuition and fees.  Unused funds may be applied to subsequent semesters as outlined in the paragraph above.
                                              • Tuition payments - If you have not received official notification about your scholarship status by the tuition due date, you need to sign a tuition payment plan agreement and make the required payment. If you are awarded a scholarship after you've made a payment, your overpayment, if any, will be refunded to you if your scholarship award exceeds your balance due.
                                              • Scholarships are rescinded if the student falls below the minimum number of hours required
                                              • Community Honors Scholars and employees of the university are not eligible.

                                               

                                              If you have any questions please call the Office of Financial Aid at 708-534-7780.

                                               

                                              APPLY:

                                              • Complete a separate application form for each scholarship
                                              • Put the name of the Scholarship at the top of your essay
                                              • DO NOT use your name or other personal identifier in your essay
                                              • Essay topics vary by scholarship

                                               Submit TWO COMPLETE COPIES to:

                                              Scholarship Committee
                                              C/O Office of Financial Aid
                                              Governors State University
                                              University Park, IL 60484-0975

                                              • Winners will be notified by mail and/or email
                                              •  Scholarship recipients are expected to attend a scholarship luncheon in the Spring to meet donors
                                              • Scholarship recipients are also required to submit a letter thanking the scholarship donors.