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New! Scholarship Opportunity for Women

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We have been made aware of a scholarship opportunity through an EIU-BGS alumna who is a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization of women who support and celebrate the educational advancement of other women. Their Program for Continuing Education offers a one-time scholarship for women whose education has been interrupted. She has asked us to make eligible students aware of this opportunity.  

For information on this scholarship, please go to PEO Eligibility Requirements 

If you qualify for this scholarship, please submit all of your paperwork in one email to bgsba@eiu.edu.  We will forward it to the local chapter. 

Annual Scholarship Opportunities

The B.A. in General Studies Adult Degree Program and the School of Continuing Education awards various scholarships each fall and spring semester, which are applied toward tuition and fees.

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Fall Applications (Apply in Fall 2016 semester)

Eileen and Reuben Seltzer Scholarship for Adult Learners - This scholarship was established to honor Mr. and Mrs. Seltzer, staunch supporters of higher education and the parents and grandparents of several EIU alumnae.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a full-time or part-time student in the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must have completed at least 6 credit hours in the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.0
  • Preference shall be given to applicants whose residence is Chicago or surrounding areas
  • Award shall be chosen in the Fall semester and awarded the following Spring semester to be applied against costs such as, tuition, fees, housing, etc.  Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient.
  • Applicant must submit a 350-500 word statement addressing the following: "Completing a baccalaureate degree through the BGS Degree Program is important to me because..."

 

Robert A. Pringle Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is funded by an endowment in honor of Dr. Robert Pringle, who founded the B. A. in General Studies degree program.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be admitted to the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing
  • Applicant must exhibit the potential to do college work
  • Life experiences, interests, and completed academic work shall be considered
  • Financial need is a consideration
  • Applicant must have at least one semester of course work to be completed in the following semester
  • Award shall be chosen in the Fall semester and awarded the following Spring semester to be applied against costs such as, tuition, fees, housing, etc.  Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient.
  • Applicant must submit the following:
    • 2 letters of reference
    • 350 word statement addressing the following: 1) How will you use the award if you receive it? and 2) What are your goals and career plans for the future?

 

School of Continuing Education Staff Scholarship – This scholarship is established by the staff of the School of Continuing Education at EIU. The recipient must be a full-time or part-time nontraditional student enrolled in any Continuing Education program in good academic standing.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a full-time or part-time, non-traditional student enrolled in a Continuing Education program at EIU
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing
  • Financial need is a consideration
  • Award shall be chosen in the Fall semester and awarded the following Spring semester to be applied against costs such as, tuition, fees, housing, etc.
  • Applicant must submit the following:
    • 2 letters of reference
    • 350-500 word statement addressing the following: As a full-time or part-time non-traditional student enrolled in a Continuing Education program at EIU, completing a degree is important to me because...".  (The emphasis of your comments should be on the value of completing the degree rather than on the degree program.)

 

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Spring Applications due by June 1, 2016

Robert A. Pringle Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is funded by an endowment in honor of Dr. Robert Pringle, who founded the B. A. in General Studies degree program.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be admitted to the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing
  • Applicant must exhibit the potential to do college work
  • Life experiences, interests, and completed academic work shall be considered
  • Financial need is a consideration
  • Applicant must have at least one semester of course work to be completed in the following semester
  • Award shall be chosen in the Spring semester and awarded the following Fall semester to be applied against costs such as, tuition, fees, housing, etc.  Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient.
  • Applicant must submit the following:
    • 2 letters of reference
    • 350 word statement addressing the following: 1) How will you use the award if you receive it? and 2) What are your goals and career plans for the future?

 

Ivan W. and Mabel Blum Weaver Scholarship – This scholarship is endowed by Ivan W. Weaver and his children to assist adult students.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a non-traditional, adult student in the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 3.5
  • Award shall be chosen in the Spring semester and awarded in the following Fall and Spring semesters to be applied against costs such as, tuition, fees, housing, etc.  Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient.
  • Applicant must submit the following:
    • 2 letters of reference
    • 350 word statement addressing the following: 1) How will you use the award if you receive it? and 2) What are your goals and career plans for the future?

 

The Angel Scholarship This scholarship, established by an EIU employee, will assist BGS students working toward their degree.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a full-time or part-time student in the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Financial need is a primary consideration
  • Recipients must submit a 350 word statement addressing how attending college and the BGS program has impacted his/her life as an adult, non-traditional student.
  • Award shall be chosen in the Spring semester and awarded in the following Fall semester to be applied against costs such as, tuition, fees, housing, etc. Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient.
  • Applicant must submit a 350 word statement addressing the following:
    • How will you use the award?
    • What are your goals and career plans for the future?

 

Director’s Award - This scholarship is supported by donations from graduates and friends of the B. A. in General Studies.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a current student in the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must have completed at least 90 credit hours of college course work
  • Applicant must have at least one semester of course work yet to be completed
  • Applicant must demonstrate outstanding achievement
  • Applicant must submit the following:
    • 2 letters of reference
    • 350 word statement addressing the following: 1) How will you use the award if you receive it? and 2) What are your goals and career plans for the future?

 

Brenda Edgar Scholarship for Women - Funded through a generous gift from Mrs. Brenda Edgar, former First Lady of the State of Illinois and a graduate of the B. A. in General Studies, this scholarship was established to provide assistance to single mothers who have overcome obstacles in their quest for a B. A. degree.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be admitted to the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must be a returning adult parent female over the age of 25
  • Applicant must have had a significant break in education due to life events
  • Applicant must have completed at least 60 credit hours of college course work
  • Applicant must have a GPA of at least 2.5
  • Financial need is a primary consideration
  • Preference will be given to applicants coming out of an abusive situation who have a strong desire to improve the quality of life for herself and her children
  • Award shall be chosen in the Spring semester and awarded half the following Fall semester and half the following Spring semester to be applied against costs such as, tuition, fees, housing, etc.
  • Applicant must submit the following:
    • 2 letters of personal reference
    • Brief resume or work or volunteer history
    • 350 word statement addressing the following:
      • What are your goals for completing your degree?
      • What barriers/personal struggles have you encountered that have restricted your ability to complete a degree?
      • How would receiving the Brenda Edgar Scholarship for Women benefit you?

 

Robert Thomas Lynch, Virginia Gwin Lynch, and Robert William Unger Scholarship – This scholarship was established by the families of Robert and Virginia Lynch and Robert Unger to assist adult students who are age 50 or older.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a part-time or full-time student in the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must be a minimum age of 50
  • Applicant must submit a written statement explaining: 1) how they would use the award if they receive it and 2) what their goals and career plans are
  • Award shall be chosen in the Spring semester and awarded the following Fall semester to be applied against costs such as tuition, fees, housing, etc.  Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient.
  • Applicant must submit the following:
    • 2 letters of reference
    • 350 word statement addressing the following: 1) How will you use the award if you receive it? and 2) What are your goals and career plans for the future?

 

School of Continuing Education Staff Scholarship – This scholarship is established by the staff of the School of Continuing Education at EIU. The recipient must be a full-time or part-time nontraditional student enrolled in any Continuing Education program in good academic standing.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a full-time or part-time, non-traditional student enrolled in a Continuing Education program at EIU
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing
  • Financial need is a consideration
  • Award shall be chosen in the Spring semester and awarded the following Fall semester to be applied against costs such as, tuition, fees, housing, etc.
  • Applicant must submit the following:
    • 2 letters of reference
    • 350-500 word statement addressing the following: As a full-time or part-time non-traditional student enrolled in a Continuing Education program at EIU, completing a degree is important to me because...".  (The emphasis of your comments should be on the value of completing the degree rather than on the degree program.)

 

The William C. Hine Continuing Education Adult Scholarship is funded in honor of Dr. William C. Hine, former dean of the School of Continuing Education.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a full-time or part-time student in the B.A. in General Studies degree program
  • Applicant must have a GPA of at least 2.75
  • Applicant must have at least one semester of course work yet to be completed
  • Award shall be chosen in the Spring semester and awarded the following Fall semester to be applied against costs such as, tuition, fees, housing, etc.  Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient.
  • Applicant must submit the following:
    • 2 letters of reference
    • 350-500 word statement addressing the following: As a full-time or part-time non-traditional student enrolled in a Continuing Education program at EIU, completing a degree is important to me because...".  (The emphasis of your comments should be on the value of completing the degree rather than on the degree program.)

 

Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship - ASL will grant a total of ten $2200 scholarships.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at EIU
  • Applicant must have completed 30 hours of course work at EIU
  • Applicant must have a GPA of at least 3.2
  • Financial need is a consideration

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