For exceptionally strong incoming freshman students, Pine Honors College offers three different awards.
The most prestigious of Honors College scholarships, the Pemberton Presidential Scholars Award covers on-campus room and board (approximately $9,500 per year) and up to $11,000 per year towards tuition and fees for four years. Each freshman Honors College class will include approximately five Pemberton Presidential Scholars. This particular scholarship cannot be combined with the Commitment to Excellence Award that students would otherwise receive from EIU.
The eligibility requirements for the Pemberton Presidential Scholars award:
composite ACT score of 31 (or an SAT score of 1390)
3.75 GPA (unweighted, cumulative on a 4-point scale)
The Presidential Scholars Award is $11,000 per year for four years, which is approximately the amount for tuition and fees for a full-time student taking 15 semester hours (click here for costs). The award is not limited to tuition costs, however. Each freshman Honors College class will include approximately fifteen Presidential Scholars. This particular scholarship cannot be combined with the Commitment to Excellence Award or Honors Award.
Eligibility requirements for the Presidential Scholars Award:
For both the Pemberton Presidential and Presidential scholarships, a high school teacher or administrator who knows you well must send a letter of recommendation to us:
Presidential Scholars Selection Committee
c/o Pine Honors College, Eastern Illinois University
Pemberton Hall South
600 Lincoln Ave,
Charleston, IL 61920
References may also email their recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Presidential Scholars Award Letter of Recommendation" in the subject line.
The Honors Award is a $3000 scholarship renewable for four years. This scholarship will be combined with other EIU academic merit scholarships (but not the Presidential Scholarships above).
To retain their awards, all Honors scholarship recipients are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40, and to remain in good academic and judicial standing with Eastern Illinois University, the University Honors Program, and the Presidential Scholars Program.
To be considered for any of these three awards you must complete the application below. Applications are fully electronic with part completed online and part uploaded.
In evaluating applications we consider high school transcripts, extracurricular and volunteer activities, personal essays, and a recommendation from a high school teacher or administrator. We are particularly looking for leadership potential, ambition to make the most of college, and intellectual maturity. For the Pemberton Presidential Scholarship, the financial need of academically eligible students may also be considered. All applications are reviewed by the Honors Council (a faculty and student body).
Applications for the Presidential Scholars Award are accepted from the beginning of the Fall semester until Friday January 11, 2019 at 4 PM. Only fully completed applications are considered.