Find Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

With hundreds of helpful sites, the internet can be a wonderful resource in your search for scholarships. When navigating the web, keep a few things in mind:

  • Provide yourself with enough time (you may want to set aside an hour or two a day until you feel as though you've found the information that you need). You will find that each site offers a number of links. Be sure to check out any and all leads.
  • Revisit sites periodically. Many sites continually update information.
  • Be discerning. Not all of the sites and services are as helpful or as valuable as others.
  • Use the bulletin boards to post questions. You'll be amazed at what you can learn from others in your same situation!
  • If you register for a service on-line, be certain that you are submitting information over a secured site (check the lower left corner of the screen for a small padlock symbol).
  • Avoid sites that require a registration fee. With all of the resources available on the internet and elsewhere, it is not necessary to pay for help. All of the information is already at your fingertips!
  • Be cautious of guarantees and money-back offers.  

You will also want to check with the following resources outside of NIU:

  • Your high school guidance counselor or college advisor
  • Employers (both yours and your parents').
  • Local organizations or affiliations (Kiwanis, 4-H, Lions Club).
  • Places of personal volunteerism (local hospitals, clubs, etc.).
  • Unions.
  • Your church.
  • Chamber of Commerce.
  • Local library - There are numerous reference books on scholarships and foundations.
  • The internet.
  • Newspapers - Watch for firms or organizations offering scholarships as well as listings of local students who have won.
  • Yellow Pages - Find out if any professional/social organizations have chapters in your area.

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Outside Scholarship Checks

If you have received an outside scholarship, please ask the organization or donor to send a check made payable to NIU, along with your name and student ZID number, to the following address:

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
Northern Illinois University
Swen Parson Hall 245
DeKalb, IL 60115

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Swen Parson Hall 245

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