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Online Application & Instructions


Application Instructions:

Applicants must fill out the entire application in one sitting with the exception of the two recommendations.  One recommendation must come from an NIU faculty or staff member. The other recommendation can be from NIU faculty or staff, or another outside professional such as an employer, clergy member or organization advisor.

You will enter the name and email address for your each of your recommenders on the application.  An email will be sent to those individuals with your access code and information about submitting the recommendation.  It is courteous to contact your recommenders in advance of completing the application, to make sure they will have time to complete the recommendation, as well as to make sure you have their correct email address.  You may also contact your recommenders directly to provide them with your ZID number and access code.

The application also includes several sections which ask for student biographical information; awards, honors or achievements; community service; extracurricular and leadership involvement; employment experience; and hobbies or special interests.

There is a 45 minute time limit per page. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to prepare their essay answers in a word processing program (i.e. MSWord, etc.) first and then copy and paste them into the application.

The three essay questions you should be prepared to answer are (No more than 500 words per question):

  • What does being a member of the NIU Huskie community mean to you?
  • The Forward, Together Forward Scholarship was created to honor the students we lost on February 14, 2008: students of great character.  How do you define character? Please include an example of a time when your actions or choices showed your true character.
  • Each student lost on February 14, 2008 had dreams of contributing back to their community in meaningful ways.  What dreams and aspirations are you pursuing? As you are pursuing your dreams, how will your experience at NIU help you to positively impact your community or contribute to the common good?

Essay questions will be evaluated for content and grammar, so proofread carefully!

In addition, the Scholarship Committee requires applicants who have pending criminal charges or have been convicted of a crime to disclose this information as a mandatory step in the application process.  Also, if an applicant has been expelled or dismissed from an educational institution for disciplinary reasons, an accurate and complete explanation of the circumstances is required.  Disclosure of this information will not automatically bar an award of the Forward, Together Forward Scholarship, but does require review and evaluation.  Falsification of information may result in a rescission or withdrawal of an award.

The deadline to submit applications has passed.  Please check back in fall 2017 for the next available application cycle.


Contact Us

Scholarship Office
Swen Parson Hall 245K
Northern Illinois University
815-753-4829 or
Fax: 815-753-9475

Business Hours
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.