Recipients must be a minority student who is enrolled full-time and completed at least 24 credit hours or college level coursework at EIU. Preference is given to freshman students who plan to return for their sophomore year. Awards are made to students who have shown significant improvement in their GPA from the previous semester. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Recipients shall be well-rounded, academically talented, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance to continue their education.