In 1970-71, the college office established an annual Deans' Award to give recognition to seniors who made outstanding contributions to their major departments.
JoAnne Rafalson Memorial Essay Prize
The JoAnne Rafalson Memorial Essay Contest is funded by an endowment established by Bruce Rafalson to memorialize JoAnne Rafalson and to recognize and support outstanding achievement in philosophical essay writing by NIU philosophy graduate students.
The Sherman M. Stanage Scholarship was established by Diane Stanage to provide undergraduate philosophy students with $1,000 in financial support and to honor the memory of her late husband, Professor Sherman M. Stanage.
William E. Tolhurst Travel Fund
The William E. Tolhurst Travel Fund was established by the family of William Tolhurst, Ph.D. to honor his memory by providing financial support for philosophy graduate students who deliver papers in value theory at professional conferences.