The NIU Presidential Scholars are a prestigious cohort of high-achieving students who contribute to the diversity of NIU's student population and demonstrate a commitment to our shared values.
The NIU Presidential Scholars Program recognizes outstanding first-year students for their hard work and academic accomplishments. Eligible students are guaranteed a minimum merit scholarship of $5,000, $6,000 or $7,000 per year (for up to four years) and have the opportunity to compete for a Presidential Scholarship. This competitive scholarship covers the cost of full tuition, fees and on-campus room and board, along with a book stipend, for up to eight semesters. State and federal grants will be used in determining the amount of each scholar’s Presidential Scholarship. Approximately 10 incoming first-year students will receive this award each year.
Eligible students will be invited to apply after the December 1 admission deadline. An email and postcard with the application details will be sent by mid-December.
The university considers the following factors:
The Presidential Scholars are subject to yearly renewal requirements: