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EIU Office of International Students and Scholars

Scholarships & Awards


International Student Scholarship

The International Student Scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees to assist students from other countries to attend EIU. Awards are competitive and designed to promote cultural exchange and diversity. Awards may be granted on the basis of one or both of the following factors: financial need and academic excellence. The scholarship pays partial tuition for minimum full-time enrollment in on-campus EIU courses. Fees, field trips, continuing education delivery charges, travel, living expenses, and other personal expenses are not covered. Scholarship awards are only granted for two semesters at a time. 


Criteria to be eligible for the scholarship are as follows:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (undergraduate), 3.25 (graduate), as converted to the EIU grading scale.
  • Full academic admission to a degree program
  • Proof of funding for living expenses and fees 

Deadlines for scholarship applications are as follows:

  • Deadline is Monday, April 15, 2024 by 11:59PM CST. .  


  • Please read the Application Guide here for scholarship questions. 
  • Please submit an application in its entirety. Attempts to review the scholarship application without completion will result in your IP address being blocked from the application. 
  • Do not create multiple applications.
  • Please note that scholarships are competitive. 
  • Current Graduate Assistants are ineligible to apply for the International Student Scholarship. 
  • If you are a current recipient of the International Student scholarship, please refer to instructions from OISS for extensions. 
  • Scholarship applications need to be submitted before 11:59PM to be considered eligible for review. 

Currently-enrolled students:


New Incoming Students (deadline May 15, 2024) - Please go to: 


For the following scholarship applications, you must be a currently enrolled student and log on to EIU Academic Works to review and apply for scholarships. 


Carl Koerner Memorial Scholarship

Established by Jack and Bethina Schultz in memory of Carl P. Koerner Jr., who served as a member of the EIU Board of Trustees, the Koerner Scholarship advances the University’s mission of global citizenship. The award is presented annually to an academically talented international student in a degree program at Eastern Illinois University. Required essay: Describe a personal experience that highlights the importance of international education at Eastern Illinois University.(400-500 words)

  • Deadline: October 1 

Applications for the Carl P. Koerner Memorial Scholarship are currently available on EIU Academic Works.    


Eulalee L. Anderson Scholarship 

The Eulalee L. Anderson Fund provides scholarships for current EIU international students who excel academically and actively promote international awareness. Established in honor of Eulalee L. Anderson, M.S., EIU Emeritus International Advisor, International Students and Scholars annually selects a student recipient.

  • Deadline: March 15

The Eulalee L. Anderson Scholarship application is available on EIU Academic Works


Dr. Kenneth E. Hadwiger Foreign Cultures Awards

The Dr. Kenneth E. Hadwiger Foreign Cultures Award was established in 2011. To be eligible, applicants must be a current full-time undergraduate or graduate student accepted to Eastern Illinois University, majoring in Communication Studies. In the event that there is no qualified student majoring in Communication Studies, it is acceptable to make the award to a student enrolled in the College of Arts & Humanities.

  • Deadline: March 15 

The Kenneth E. Hadwiger Foreign Cultures Award application is available on EIU Academic Works


Pratima Niranjan Shah Scholarship

The Mrs. Pratima Niranjan Shah Scholarship is given to a current graduate student who exhibits excellent GPA performance, experience with and knowledge of the cultures, politics and religions of Asia. 

  • Deadline: March 15 

The Pratima Nirajan Shah Scholarship application is available on EIU Academic Works.  


Wang Tih-Wu Scholarship

Established by Dr. Wang Tih-Wu, an alumnus Eastern Illinois University, the Tih-Wu Scholarship is presented annually to a current international student who demonstrates academic excellence and involvement in extra-curricular activities.

  • Deadline: March 15

The Wang Tih Wu Scholarship application is available on EIU Academic Works.                         


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Office of International Students and Scholars

2138 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois
61920-3099 USA

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