NIU believes that all students, regardless of financial resources, deserve an education. We want each admitted student to be part of the NIU experience. Unfortunately, attending college is a financial burden for many students and their families and impossible for some. By providing additional need- and merit-based scholarships and grants, NIU can recruit and retain academic stars and deserving students by assisting with the costs associated with an NIU education.
Your gift to the Centennial Scholarship will make the NIU experience you cherished available to students who will contribute to the NIU community in meaningful ways—just as you did when you were at NIU. The Centennial Scholarship will be distributed to NIU students to assist with financial need, recognize merit or talent, or acknowledge potential for success. This year, almost 1,000 freshmen received a Centennial Scholarship. For many of these new students, this award made NIU possible.
Your generous support affects students' lives in a direct and immediate way. Your gift is especially important in these challenging economic times and will make a real difference in the lives of NIU students.