For exceptionally strong incoming freshman students, the Pine Honors College offers three different competitive scholarships awarded over four years:
full-ride Pemberton Presidential Scholar Award (worth $86,400)
full-tuition Presidential Scholar Award (worth $48,000)
Honors Award for Incoming Freshmen (worth $12,000, in addition to the automatic Merit Scholarship, worth up to $18,000, for a total of $30,000)
Please note: Applicants for the Pemberton Presidential and the Presidential Scholarship are also considered as applicants for the Honors Award. You do not need to complete an additional application for the Honors Award.
Successful applicants will be offered only one of these three scholarships.
(In addition, the following scholarships are open to incoming Honors freshmen: President Doudna Memorial, Dorothy Davis Bunge, Rachael Richardson, Sandra and Jack Pine, Margaret Schmidt, and John Whisnand. Please see here for more information.)All Honors Scholarships
The most prestigious of Honors College scholarships, the Pemberton Presidential Scholars Award covers on-campus room and board (approximately $9,600 per year) and up to $12,000 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 the Honors Award or the automatic Merit Scholarship that students would otherwise receive from EIU.
The Presidential Scholars Award is up to $12,000 per year towards tuition and fees for four years. Each freshman Honors College class will include approximately fifteen Presidential Scholars. This particular scholarship cannot be combined with the Honors Award or the Merit Scholarship.
The eligibility requirements for the Pemberton Presidential and the Presidential Scholar Award:
27 ACT composite score (= 1260 SAT)
3.75 GPA (unweighted on a 4.00 scale) or ranking in the top 10% of the graduating class
Apply for this scholarship at AcademicWorks: eiu.academicworks.com
Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020 at 4pm. Only fully completed applications are considered.
Students who have an ACT score above 27 and a GPA between 3.5 and 3.75 (unweighted on a 4.00 scale) may be invited to apply.
The Honors Award for Incoming Freshmen 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).
The eligibility requirements for the Honors Award:
26 ACT composite (= 1230 SAT)
3.5 GPA (unweighted on a 4.00 scale) or ranking in the top 10% of the graduating class
Apply for this scholarship at AcademicWorks.
Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020 at 4pm. Only fully completed applications are considered.
In evaluating applications, we consider high school transcripts as well as extracurricular and volunteer activities. In your application, especially in the brief essay responses, we are looking for evidence of academic excellence, grit, determination, leadership potential, civic responsibility, intellectual maturity, diversity of experience, and ambition to make the most of college. The financial need of academically eligible students may also be considered. All applications are reviewed by the Honors Council.
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 Pine Honors College, and the Presidential Scholars Program.