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 Award Levels
The NIU Presidential Scholars Program recognizes outstanding high school students for their hard work and academic accomplishments. Eligible students are guaranteed a minimum merit scholarship of $5,000 per year (for up to four years) and have the opportunity to compete for a Presidential Scholarship. This competitive scholarship provides full tuition, fees and on-campus room and board, along with a book stipend, for up to four years. Approximately 10 students will receive this award each year.
Dates And Deadlines
November 1, 2021: eligible students will be invited to apply on a rolling basis. Letters will be sent approximately two weeks after being admitted.
December 1, 2021: application for admission and all required documents for admissions must be received by December 1. Late submissions will not be considered.
January 7, 2022: deadline to submit the scholarship application. Late submissions will not be accepted.
February 2022: applicants notified of status. Finalists may be invited to interview.
March 15, 2022: recipients notified.
First-time, full-time, incoming freshman student for fall 2022.
Minimum 3.8/4.0 cumulative (weighted) high school GPA.
How to Get the Presidential Scholarship
The university considers the following factors:
Exceptional academic achievement is extremely important.
Incoming freshmen with a cumulative high school grade point (weighted) average of 3.8/4.0 will be invited to apply.
Many applicants will have completed AP, IB or advanced coursework and will have demonstrated a keen interest in acquiring knowledge within and outside of the classroom.
Community, civic and co-curricular involvement
The Presidential Scholarship application includes short personal statements and allows you the opportunity to present your unique experiences and accomplishments in these areas.
Our Presidential Scholars demonstrate their commitment to understanding their role in society, contributing to the greater good and modeling this commitment through leadership and sustained community involvement.
In addition to completing a basic questionnaire, you must respond to four personal statement prompts in 125 words or less each.
Service can be completed in formal or informal settings, such as through school, a community organization, a place of worship, or on your own. Reflect on an import service opportunity you have had. How did your actions improve the lives of others?
A leader can be described as anyone who wants to work with others to make a difference. This type of leadership is carried out in formal or informal roles, such as with family, or in a school or social situation. Describe one experience where you were able to make a difference through your leadership.
Injustice can be experienced on a personal and/or societal level. Please share a social justice issue that resonates with you and explain what you have done or would like to do to support this cause.
What academic and/or personal goals would you like to achieve by the time you complete college?
The Presidential Scholars are subject to yearly renewal requirements:
Continuous full-time enrollment (fall and spring semester each academic year).
Minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average per academic year.
Enrolled in an undergraduate (non-professional) program of study.
Active participation in the University Honors Program, including satisfactory completion of University Honors graduation requirements.