From Diana Juarez, 2010 scholarship recipient:

"Receiving this scholarship means lessening a burden on my parents and more independence for me. It allows me to continue my studies and continue my activism through lecture and public/social student organization gatherings.

From Amanda Cox, 2010 scholarship recipient:

"I feel very honored to have received this scholarship. It not only helps with the financial cost of a college education, but it also feels good to have my hard work acknowledged. I work very hard in school and in the community/volunteer activities that I participate in, and receiving this scholarship makes me feel as though there are people who acknowledge and appreciate the hard work I have put in over the past 4 years.

From Heather Samariniotis, 2007 scholarship recipient:

"Besides the obvious monetary benefits of the scholarship, I also got a sense of the importance of what I was doing as a Women's Studies minor. It helped reinforce the fact that my plan for my education and career and my desire to help women was valid and worthwhile. Being granted the scholarship showed me that my goals and current work were beneficial and seen as positive and useful to others outside of myself, which helps to motivate me to continue to strive and work for change."

From Lisa Kay, 2006 scholarship recipient:

"It was truly an honor to be one of the first recipients of the scholarship. The award gave me support and recognition for my academic pursuits in my doctoral program and the encouragement to continue my efforts. I am proud to represent the Women's Studies Program."

From Nadine Thorton, 2005 scholarship recipient:

"As a student and a mother, I can appreciate the sacrifice of others on behalf of those working to attain their life goals and dreams. Being a Mothers Memorial Scholarship recipient has meant so much. It is validation to me that my studies and career path are meaningful. I hope, in the very near future, to return the generosity of others two-fold."

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The Mothers Memorial Scholarship Fund


The Mothers Memorial Scholarship Fund honors those who are or act as mothers to members of the NIU community by providing scholarships to upper division and graduate students at NIU whose current activities and career goals include improving the lives of women.


  1. Juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  2. Juniors, seniors, or graduate students who have completed a minimum one year at NIU.
  3. Students with outstanding university activities, volunteer service, or jobs dedicated to improving the lives of women; students who have taken courses preparing them for careers in improving the lives of women.
  4. Demonstrated goals that include education, research, advocacy, support, or policy-making to improve the lives of women.

To apply, you must submit:

  1. An application (pick up in the Women's Studies office in Reavis Hall, room 103, or download).
  2. NIU transcript, including transfer credits if applicable.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from someone in the NIU community.
  4. List of any relevant courses taken.
  5. List of related activities, volunteer service, or jobs.
  6. Statement summarizing how the student hopes to improve the lives of women. Maximum: 2 pages, double spaced.

All application materials must arrive in the Women's Studies Program office (Reavis Hall, Room 103), no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015.


  1. Recipients will be chosen to represent the diverse disciplines and populations at NIU.
  2. All scholarships will be awarded for one academic year.
  3. In the event a recipient withdraws from the university, the remaining funds allocated for the scholarship shall be granted to another qualified student.

For additional information or to submit applications, please contact: Women’s Studies Program, Reavis 103, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. Phone: 815-753-1038. Email the Women's Studies Program at

*Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status based on the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Further, the Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University provides for equal treatment regardless of political views or affiliation, and sexual orientation.

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Congratulations to the 2012 scholarship recipients!

Victoria Kothrade, undergraduate award, History

Natalie Santiago-Bidne, graduate award, English & Women's Studies