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 2014-2015, more than $107,000 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, 2016 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.

  • Guidelines and Application - PLEASE READ

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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    • Scholarships are rescinded if the student falls below the minimum number of hours required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 708-534-4480.

    APPLY:

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

     Submit TWO COMPLETE COPIES to:

    Scholarship Committee
    Room D34070
    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 on Friday, April 29, 2016 to meet donors
    • Scholarship recipients are also required to submit a letter thanking the scholarship donors.

     

  • College of Arts and Sciences

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    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
    • Master of Public Administration
    • 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 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016 


    Dr. Daniel Bernd Endowed Scholarship in English Literature

     

    Award:                                 One at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Must be seeking an undergraduate degree in English literature
    • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
    • Demonstrated commitment to, and genuine success in, the study of English literature.
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in a minimum of 6 credit hours

    Documentation Required:

    • One page biographical essay describing your commitment to the study of English literature.

    Lorraine Fontana Endowed Memorial Scholarship

     

    Award:                                 Five at $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • Degree seeking student in the College of Business or College of Arts and Sciences
    • Majoring in Management Information Systems, Accounting, Finance, Computer Science 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.

    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.

    Matteson Rotary Club

     

    Award:                                 One at $500

    Eligibility:

    • Students working toward a career in 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
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) 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.

    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.

    Respond to Violence


    Award:                                 Two at $500 (one Graduate, one Undergraduate)  

    Eligibility:

    • Have been impacted by violence or are working in the community to address issued relating to violence
    • Degree seeking student at GSU
    • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

    Documentation Required:

    • Essay (300 -500 words) describing why you should be selected, your future plans to work toward violence prevention, and how the scholarship will help in your educational pursuits.

      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

      Mathematics Student Teaching Scholarship

      Award:                         Two at $500
       

      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.

      Ralph R. and Dolores Turner Endowed Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Learning

      Award:                                 One at $1,000

      Eligibility:

      • Must be a returning African-American student, at least 30 years in age
      • Degree seeking student in Interdisciplinary Learning
      • 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.
      • Must be a 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 a professor.
       

    • College of Business

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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)
      • Management Information Systems

      The following scholarships are currently available for students enrolled (or enrolling) in the College of Business for the Spring 2016 term. Eligibility varies. See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016

      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.

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

          Award:                                 Four 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.

        Lorraine Fontana Endowed Memorial Scholarship

         Award:                                 Five at $1,000

        Eligibility:

        • Degree seeking student in the College of Business or College of Arts and Sciences
        • Majoring in Management Information Systems, Accounting, Finance, Computer Science 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.

        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.

        Respond to Violence

        Award:                                 Two at $500 (One Graduate; One Undergraduate)

        Eligibility:

        • Have been impacted by violence or are working in the community to address issued relating to violence
        • Degree seeking student at GSU
        • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
        • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

        Documentation Required:

        • Essay (300 -500 words) describing why you should be selected, your future plans to work toward violence prevention, and how the scholarship will help in your educational pursuits

        Donald Dolan Endowed Business Scholarship

        Award:                                 Two 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.

        The Wilbur L. Morrison Endowed Scholarship

        Award:                                 Eight 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.

      • 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 Spring 2016 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016

        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.

        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.

        Respond to Violence

        Award:                                 Two at $500 (One Graduate; One Undergraduate)

        Eligibility:

        • Have been impacted by violence or are working in the community to address issued relating to violence
        • Degree seeking student at GSU
        • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
        • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

        Documentation Required:

        • Essay (300 -500 words) describing why you should be selected, your future plans to work toward violence prevention, and how the scholarship will help in your educational pursuits.

        David and Barbara Barr Endowed Scholarship

        Award:                                One at $500

        Eligibility:

        • Undergraduate or graduate degree seeking student
        • Preference given to students enrolled in School 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.

        Matteson Rotary Club

          Award:                                 One 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.

        Ralph R. and Dolores Turner Endowed Scholarship in 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 or Early Childhood 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 a professor in the division Elementary Education.

        Dr. Peggy Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship

        Award:                                 One 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.

        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.

         

      • 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 Spring 2015 term. Eligibility varies.  See Guidelines and Application for general instructions and the application form. Application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016

        Axiom Integrated Services Scholarship

        Award:                                 One at $750 (undergraduate)

        Eligibility:

        • Undergraduate 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.

        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.

        Respond to Violence

        Award:                                 Two at $500 (One Graduate; One Undergraduate)

        Eligibility:

        •  Must have been impacted by violence or are working in the community to address issued relating to violence
        • Degree seeking student at GSU
        • Enrolled (or about to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours
        • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

          Documentation Required:

          • Essay (300 -500 words) describing why you should be selected, your future plans to work toward violence prevention, and how the scholarship will help in your educational pursuits.

          J-May Advanced Degree in Nursing Award

          Award:                                 One at $497

          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.

          Melissa Kay Solomon Scholarship for Addiction Studies

          Award:                                 Two at $800

          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.