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Automatic Merit Scholarships

Academically talented students will automatically be offered these merit scholarships at the time of admission.


These scholarships for first-time students are automatically renewable for a total of 4 years (8 semesters). Eligible students are required to maintain full-time consecutive undergraduate enrollment in fall and spring semesters and maintain specific GPA requirements noted below. Recipients must be admitted by June 1; transcripts can be updated through June 30 to qualify for the scholarship or qualify for a higher amount. International undergraduate students on current visas (F1, J1) are not eligible for freshman merit or transfer merit scholarships.

  GPA Award
Distinguished Merit Scholarship 3.85-4.0 $16,000* ($4,000 Annually)
High Achieving Merit Scholarship 3.60-3.84 $12,000* ($3,000 Annually)
Academic Merit Scholarship 3.0-3.59 $8,000* ($2,000 Annually)


*Renewable up to 8 consecutive fall and spring semesters if renewal criteria is met.

Renewal Criteria: Student must maintain the following cumulative GPA at Eastern Illinois University, with continuous full-time enrollment of 12+ hours.


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