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Highlighted Scholarships for New Freshmen

Automatic Scholarships

Academically talented students entering Eastern Illinois University during the 2016-2017 academic year will automatically be offered the Commitment to Excellence Scholarships at the time of application to the University. This scholarship is 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. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity, please visit the Commitment to Excellence Merit Calculator.

Commitment to Excellence Scholarships Award Amounts Sample Minimum ACT Sample Minimum GPA (4.00 Scale) Renewal GPA Requirement
High Achievement $4,500 36
33
30
3.35
3.70
4.00
3.40
Tier 1 $3,500 36
30
27
2.75
3.35
3.65
3.00
Tier 2 $2,750 34
28
21
2.75
3.25
3.65
2.75
Tier 3 $2,000 28
24
21
2.75
2.90
3.00
2.50



Competitive Scholarships

The Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College offers several scholarship opportunities to academically talented students. Each of these scholarships are automatically renewable as long as the recipient maintains full-time consecutive enrollment in both fall and spring semesters, maintain good standing with the university, and specific GPA requirements noted below. For more information about these opportunities as well as others, please visit the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College web page. The application deadline for these specific scholarships is Jan. 8, 2016, at 4 p.m.

Honors College Scholarships Award Amounts Minimum ACT Minimum GPA (4.00 Scale) Renewal GPA
**Pemberton Presidential Scholars Award *Approximate Award Amount of $20,176 31 3.75 3.40
**Presidential Scholars Award $11,000 30
28
3.50
3.75
3.40
Honors Award $3,000 30
28
3.50
3.75
3.40

*Selected recipients will receive on-campus room and board (approximately $9,176 per year) and tuition and fees (up to $11,000 per year) for a total of four years. Generally, a student cannot receive a combination of federal, state, and institutional aid that exceeds the cost of attendance.

**The Pemberton Presidential Scholars Award and the Presidential Scholars Award may not be combined with the Commitment to Excellence Scholarship or Honors Award.



Other Scholarships

Eastern Illinois University offers more than 600 scholarship opportunities to new and continuing students. Below are just a few of the many scholarships available. For more information, including sample essay questions, timelines to search, find, and apply for scholarship opportunities, links to other outside scholarships, and information on how to apply outside scholarships to your student account, please refer to our site menu.

Other Scholarship Opportunities Award Amount Criteria Renewable
Excellence in Fine Arts Fund $2,700 Demonstrate high personal performance and academic standing within the areas of music, art and theatre arts. Up to 4 years, 8 semesters total. **Varies by department.
Panther Promise Tuition Waiver Up to $2,500 File the FAFSA and possess a household income between $33,000 and $71,000. Up to 4 years, 8 semesters total. Maintain full-time, consecutive undergraduate enrollment in both fall and spring semesters, meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

** Renewal requirements are established by each department awarding this scholarship.