Scholarships & Awards


Scholarships & Awards

Scholarship resources:

NIU Scholarship Finder

The NIU Searchable Scholarships Website can give a customized list of potential awards or browse ALL scholarships available.

ACEC Member Organization Scholarship Award

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) conducts an annual scholarship program that provides a minimum of $11,500 in awards. ACEC-IL annually awards a $4,000 top award to an Illinois engineering student. In addition, a minimum of six additional $1,500 Named Scholarships are awarded. These Named Scholarships are graciously sponsored by ACEC-IL Member Firms.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The College Scholarship Program is available on a competitive basis to community college, four-year college, and graduate students of Hispanic heritage. Award amounts generally range from $1,000 to $3,000.

E-Scholar Website

The e-Scholar website has information about hundreds of federally-funded education scholarships, fellowships, grants, internships, and cooperative programs valued at more than $400 million. The site contains information for students from high school through doctoral. New programs are added daily.

Manufacturing is Cool - Scholarship Money

This website is developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and has several links to foundations and programs offering scholarships.

Illinois Society of Professional Engineers - ISPE Foundation Scholarship

4 scholarships are available

Outstanding Student of the Year Award

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering annually selects Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Students of the Year and awards them with certificates at the annual departmental banquet and award ceremony. The names of the recipients of the awards are included in plaques and displayed in the Engineering Building.

Spring 2014 Recipients

Undergraduate Eligibility Criteria

  • Completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of Industrial and Systems Engineering course work by the end of the fall semester of the academic year during which the award is presented.
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.
  • Participated in/contributed to academic and/or professional societies.

Graduate Eligibility Criteria

A regular (not student-at-large) graduate student must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for this award:

  • Completed a minimum of 15 semesters of course work, excluding ISYE 699A or ISYE 699B, credited toward the degree by the end of the Fall semester of the academic year for during which the award is being presented.
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0.
  • Participated in/contributed to academic and/or professional societies.

Selection Procedure

Two lists (one for undergraduates and one for graduates) of students who meet the eligibility criteria must be submitted to the faculty by the department chair (or by someone designated for this task by the Chair) at least 2 weeks before the award ceremony.

Voting will consist of one vote per faculty member (including the department chair) for each award cast by a confidential ballot.

The award recipient will be the student who receives the majority of the votes in each award category. In the case of a tie, faculty can decide whether to have a run-off ballot between those who tied or to present awards to all those who are tied. The results of the voting will be kept confidential until they are officially announced.

A student who qualifies for an award, regardless of he/she wins the award or not, will be eligible for the award in the following years during which he/she is enrolled as a regular student in this department at NIU.