The Skeels Scholarship in Economics

The scholarship was established to honor the Skeels family (Jack S. Skeels, Ph.D. is a former professor in the Department of Economics), to provide educational opportunities to students of the social sciences, and especially to honor the study of economics.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide approximately $1,000 in scholarship assistance to a full-time undergraduate upper class student at Northern Illinois University who has an excellent record (minimum 3.0 GPA) in the major areas of study within the social sciences, with preference given to a student whose major course of study is in the Department of Economics.

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The Scaperlanda Scholarship for Study Abroad in Economics

Tony Scaperlanda, a retired NIU Economics professor and department chair, has established a scholarship for study abroad for Economics majors and minors.


  • The preferred candidate is an economics major or minor with at least a 3.0 overall GPA and three or more economics courses completed for which the GPA is at least 3.0.
  • The candidate must complete the department's application form that includes a description of how study abroad is expected to supplement on-campus educational opportunities and a summary budget.
  • If sufficient funds are available, more than one award may be granted in a single year.

Up to $3,000 is available for this scholarship. Study abroad can be an extremely valuable experience, exposing you to a different culture in which the economic system (for example, the role of government or labor relations) may be different from the way the U.S. economy operates. Also, study abroad experience looks very good on a resume.

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The La Tourette Scholarship

The John and Lili La Tourette Scholarship in Economics is endowed by John and Lili La Tourette. John La Tourette is an economist who joined NIU in 1979 as provost and served as president from 1986 to 2000. He earned his BA, MA, and PhD in economics from Rutgers University and was a professor of economics at the State University of New York at Binghamton for 13 years before moving to an administrative position at Bowling Green State University(BGSU). From BGSU he moved to NIU. Lili La Tourette received her B.Ed. from Washburn University.

The John and Lili La Tourette Scholarship in Economics will be awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student seeking a degree in Economics at NIU. The $1,000 award will assist the student with the payment of tuition and fees.

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