Scholarships & Awards

J. Patrick White History Education Scholarships (2)

J. Patrick White (1926-2006) began teaching American constitutional law and politics at the NIU History Department in 1961. His interests in this field centered on the role of judges and courts as policymakers in a democratic society. While at NIU White also served in a number of administrative positions, among them director of Foreign Study programs and assistant chair of the Department of History. In more than thirty years at NIU his dedicated style of teaching influenced the careers of numerous students, and he received the NIU Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986. Patrick White generously contributed to many educational efforts, and when he retired from NIU in 1993 he established and funded an endowment through the NIU Foundation to provide financial assistance to students in the teacher certification program. The J. Patrick White History Education Scholarships recognize teacher certification candidates in History and the Social Sciences at the beginning of student teaching who have exhibited excellence in their discipline, curriculum planning, scholarship, and potential as a teacher. The scholarships are awarded for the semester of student teaching.

  • Monetary Award: $1000 minimum
  • Eligibility: Students admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, completing all requirements
  • Application: Student must be nominated by the Teacher Certification Program
  • Deadline: Nominations are made during the fall and spring semesters.