Thank you. Without you, my memories, my experiences, and my desire to keep learning would never have happened."
-- Madeline Nelson, Scholarship Recipient
English Major with Teacher Certification
At EIU, we know the strain students and their families are under trying to afford a college education. We recently completed a scholarship campaign in which our alumni and donors showed an outpouring of support and created 102 scholarships.
Scholarships provide vitally important resources to students who might not otherwise be able to attend college, help EIU recruit the best and the brightest students, and enhance the quality of our academic programs.
Want to learn about establishing an annual or endowed scholarship? Contact a development director at 217-581-3313 or email a member of our staff.
"Because of this scholarship, I know that I will be able to continue my education ..."
"Receiving the scholarship has allowed me to become more confident in my dream to attend law school after graduation ..."
"...the Kenneth E. Coffey Jr. Scholarship allows me to continue competing in an activity that is near and dear to my heart."
"Coming from a single parent household, it is hard to pay for my college education ..."
"I no longer have to worry about my financial situation here on campus ..."
Every donation can make a difference in the life of a student. You have the power to choose what type of scholarship you would be interested in creating. For example, you could create an annual scholarship for $1000, choose a $25,000 endowed scholarship where you can make a pledge payment over five years, or create a planned gift with your estate. Also, be sure to check with your HR department to see if the company you work for will match your gift.
If you have 1-2 hours total to spare, then you have the time. It's quite simple actually. First, donors must determine the name and purpose of the scholarship. Second, you decide on the criteria you'd like to require of the scholarship recipient. Once you have an idea of the type of student you want to recognize with the scholarship, an agreement form will be drafted for you with the scholarship guidelines clearly outlined. After your review and any edits, signatures will take place. Congratulations, you are now the proud donor of a scholarship!
There is flexibility in being specific or general in the name it carries, as well as, being anonymous. You man also choose to honor or memorialize a loved one.