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The EIU Alumni Association is proud to recognize the academic achievements, community service, university involvement and outstanding potential of current and incoming students by awarding a number of scholarships each year to qualified candidates.

Alumni and friends who have contributed to the Annual Giving Program and/or are dues-paying members of the Alumni Association take great pride in knowing a portion of their gift dollars or membership dues is used to recognize and reward outstanding students.

If you would like to support this initiative, join the EIU Alumni Association or give a gift to EIU.

If you have any questions please contact 800-ALUM-EIU (258-6348).

Legacy Scholarship



Applicants should apply online at

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship please contact Koty Gough at 217-581-7053 or


The application deadline is March 15, 2024.

Additional Information

Any student who is the child or grandchild of an EIU graduate and will be enrolling at EIU for the first time in the Fall of 2023 is eligible to apply for the $1000 Legacy Scholarships, which are funded through the proceeds of the collegiate license plate program offered by the Illinois Secretary of State. In conjunction with this, the EIU Alumni Association offers two $2500 awards annually to recipients whose parents or grandparents are members of the Alumni Association. Membership in the Alumni Association is not a factor in the awarding of the $1000 scholarships.

Livingston C. Lord Scholarship


Nominations & Applications

Deadline - EXTENDED 

The deadline to nominate or apply for the 2024 award is December 1, 2023.

Additional Information

The EIU Alumni Association requests your assistance in obtaining nominations for the Livingston C. Lord Scholarship. The scholarship was established by the Association in honor of Eastern’s first president and for decades has been considered the University’s most prestigious award for academic excellence. Of particular note, it is the only scholarship for which the recipients are honored annually during the spring commencement ceremony. The monetary award for each of the five scholarships presented in 2023 was $7,591.

Please keep in mind that it is possible for more than one student from a department to receive this scholarship and we would welcome multiple nominations and applications. Thank you in advance for your time and support!

The selection committee will evaluate the nominations on the basis of the individuals’ potential for success in their careers. If the committee determines the qualifications of the candidates are equal, financial need will then be considered. 

To nominate a student use this form: click here

To apply for this scholarship use this form: click here.

Should you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Koty Gough at 217-581-6616 or

TC High/Eastern State High School Alumni Scholarship


  • The recipient shall have a minimum 4.0 GPA on a 5.0 point scale (3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) upon completion of 3 1/2 years of high school.
  • The recipient shall demonstrate integrity (incorruptible uprightness), as evidenced by submitting three letters of recommendation from community leaders.
  • The recipient shall demonstrate enthusiastic and outstanding leadership, as evidenced by his/her involvement in organizations whose purpose is to foster consideration and service.
  • The recipient shall be a graduate of Charleston High School or a relative of a Teachers College/Eastern State High School alumnus.


Applicants should apply online at

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship please contact Koty Gough at 217-581-6616 or


The deadline to apply is no later than 4:30 p.m., March 15 2024.

Additional Information

The monetary amount varies from year to year.


EIU Alumni Services

Brainard House
1548 4th St. Charleston, IL
Fax: 217-581-7206

Mailing Address

EIU Alumni Services
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920