About the McKearn Fellows Program

A McKearn fellowship is one of the most prestigious honors you can achieve at NIU. It carries the name of two distinguished NIU alumni, John and Cassandra McKearn, and gives fellows a world-class educational experience.

The program transforms fellows' undergraduate experience and advances their professional development by providing them with co-curricular and scholarship funding, academic programming and personalized advising.

Each McKearn fellow creates and executes a plan of coursework and related academic and professional enrichment activities. Along the way, McKearn fellows develop extensive social and academic support systems through cohort activities and peer mentoring experiences. They also benefit from networking opportunities.