Nansi Richards Scholarship Essays

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Student Financial Aid Office


The Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO) is responsible for administering and coordinating aid funds from federal, state, private, and university sources. The primary goal of the SFAO is to provide financial assistance to applicants who, without such aid, would be unable to attend NIU. In 2004-05, over 70 percent of the NIU students who were half time or more received some form of financial aid, totaling approximately $163.9 million.

A variety of financial aid is available to qualified students attending NIU. Programs, policies, and application procedures are defined in the NIU financial aid brochure, which may be obtained from the SFAO. Questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to this office or online at

During the fall and spring semesters when school is in session, the SFAO service windows are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information on financial aid, call (815) 753-1395; for information on student loan processing, call (815) 753-8235 or visit the above-noted website.

Eligibility Requirements and General Application Procedures


An eligible applicant must

be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States .
be enrolled at least half time (6 or more semester hours at NIU) in a degree-seeking program. (Some programs are available to students carrying fewer than 6 semester hours.)
not be in default on a Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, or Federal Supplemental Loan for Students.
not owe a repayment to a grant program.
make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree as defined by NIU.
be aware that financial aid will not cover audit classes.
agree to use any student financial aid received solely for educational expenses.

To apply for any type of financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with NIU listed as one of their school choices. The FAFSA can be completed online at, or the paper application can be mailed in the envelope enclosed with the form.

The paper FAFSA can be obtained from high school and college counselors. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose FAFSAs are complete by March 1 prior to the fall semester in which the applicant will attend NIU. All students will be required to meet university payment deadline dates regardless of the status of their financial aid.

Students who think they have special circumstances which could qualify them as being independent are advised to speak to a financial aid counselor in the Student Financial Aid Office.

Applicants for financial aid from NIU are considered for all programs for which they are eligible. Several types of aid may be combined or “packaged” to meet the student’s computed financial need. Need is determined by subtracting the expected family contribution from the student’s total educational expense. The parents’ contribution is calculated on the basis of their income and assets as well as a consideration of family size, number of family members currently in college, retirement allowances, tax paid, and other allowable factors. The student is also expected to make a calculated contribution toward college expenses from income, savings, and other assets. A federal need analysis, called Federal Methodology, approved by the U.S. Congress, is used to evaluate a family’s financial circumstances. A student who meets the independent student definition is evaluated on the basis of his or her (and spouse’s, if applicable) financial circumstances.

Students must reapply for financial aid each academic year. The Student Financial Aid Office attempts to provide currently enrolled NIU students with information about applying for financial aid, but ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to contact the SFAO regarding application procedures.

Depending on the availability of funds, some types of federal, state, and institutional aid may be available for students attending NIU’s summer session. Only students who have submitted the FAFSA for the prior academic year are eligible for evaluation for financial aid for the summer session. Students interested in applying for summer session aid should contact the SFAO after March 15 to obtain application information and more specific guidelines.

Students who receive financial assistance and withdraw from the university before the 60 percent point in time of the period of enrollment may be required to repay a portion of their award(s) from any university refunds which they may have been eligible to receive. The exact amount to be repaid to financial aid accounts will be determined by the amount of aid received, the educational costs incurred, and the length of time attended during the semester.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Undergraduates/Postgraduates


In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress, Northern Illinois University has established a satisfactory academic progress policy for undergraduates and postgraduates.

The current policy became effective during fall semester 2001. Students who became ineligible for financial aid before fall semester 2001 are required to contact the dean of their major college or the dean’s designee to request a satisfactory academic progress (SAP) review.

Federal and state financial aid programs covered by this policy are the following: Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Perkins Loan, Work Study (FWS), Stafford Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), NIU Grant, and other sources such as the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP), the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), and certain alternative loans.

Students will be considered to be making satisfactory academic progress if they meet all of the following requirements. Failure to comply with any one may result in a loss of financial aid eligibility.

Rate of Completion Requirement

A student must successfully complete at least 67 per cent of the credit hours attempted after two terms of enrollment and subsequently each academic year. Earned A, B, C, D, P, and S grades are considered completed semester hours of credit. NIU withdrawals, incompletes, audits, and grades of F and U are not considered completed semester hours of credit. NIU withdrawals, incompletes, and courses repeated will be counted in the calculation of hours attempted. Audits are not included in the total number of semester hours attempted.

Grade Point Average Requirement

A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher after two terms of enrollment and subsequently each academic year. Failure to maintain the required GPA also has implications regarding academic status. For additional information on GPA and academic status, see “Academic Probation and Dismissal.”

Maximum Time Frame Requirement

A student may receive financial aid until she or he has attempted 180 semester hours of credit from NIU and/or transfer schools. This policy will consider all terms of enrollment whether or not financial aid was received. Earned A, B, C, D, P, and S grades are considered completed semester hours of credit. NIU withdrawals, incompletes, audits, and grades of F and U are not considered completed semester hours of credit. NIU withdrawals, incompletes, and courses repeated will be counted in the calculation of hours attempted. Audits are not included in the total number of semester hours attempted. Students who fall into this category are immediately ineligible for financial aid. Such students may formally appeal their ineligibility for financial aid by following the guidelines under the “Appeal Procedures” section of this policy.


The satisfactory academic progress policy is in effect for each academic year of a student’s enrollment. Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated after the completion of each term of enrollment. Students who have an unsuccessful term(s) will receive written notification of their current status. Evaluations are based on courses completed at NIU. NIU and transfer credits are used in the calculation of “Maximum Time Frame Requirement” and in the “Declaration of Major Requirement.”

Failure to meet the “Rate of Completion Requirement” or “Grade Point Average Requirement” sections of this policy will result in the following. 

Students not making satisfactory academic progress after two terms of enrollment will be placed on financial aid warning and sent a letter notifying them of their financial aid warning status. Students on financial aid warning may continue to receive financial aid for the next term of enrollment.

If the deficiency is not remedied by the end of this term, the student becomes ineligible for financial aid. The student’s awards are placed on hold, and he or she will receive a second written notification of lack of progress. Students at this stage must consult with the dean of their major college or the dean’s designee. Students who have no college affiliation must consult with the Vice Provost (or the Vice Provost’s designee). Financial aid will not be released unless the Student Financial Aid Office is notified in writing by the dean of the student’s major college or the dean’s designee or the Vice Provost (or the Vice Provost’s designee) that consultation has occurred.

If the deficiency is not remedied by the end of the next term of enrollment, the student again becomes ineligible for financial aid and will be so notified. Students may formally appeal their ineligibility for financial aid. If the appeal is approved, the student will then be awarded financial aid for another term of enrollment. 

Appeal Procedures

Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Student Financial Aid Office and must include a written review from the dean of the student’s major college or the dean’s designee. Federal regulations restrict those circumstances that may enable an appeal to be successful. The Student Financial Aid Office considers these regulations, the student’s written appeal, and the dean’s evaluation when making a final determination.

Federal/State Assistance



Federal Pell Grant.* This grant helps first-time undergraduates pay for their education after high school. Eligibility is determined from information reported on the FAFSA.

Federal Perkins Loan.* This is a low-interest loan for first-time undergraduates attending full time. The amount a student may receive depends on financial need, amount of other aid received, and the availability of funds at NIU.

Federal PLUS* (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students). Applications are available from a variety of lenders.

Federal Stafford Loan.* This is a fixed interest loan made to both undergraduate and graduate students attending school at least half time. Students ineligible for (or ineligible for the full amount of) Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan have an option to borrow an Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans are based on financial need, and the federal government pays the interest during in-school and deferment periods. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans are not based on financial need, and the student is responsible for paying the interest from the date the funds are disbursed.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.* This grant is for first-time undergraduates attending full time. The amount awarded to recipients depends on financial need, the amount of other aid received, and the availability of funds at NIU.

Veterans Assistance. The Veterans Assistance Office provides a liaison between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and student veterans and the dependents of deceased veterans regarding their educational benefits. The office assists veterans, their widows or widowers, and their minor dependents in the processing of their applications and certification of their enrollment. Assistance is also provided when difficulties arise concerning receipt of the benefits for which students are eligible. Applications are also available for the Illinois Veterans’ Grant, the Illinois National Guard Grant, and the Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship. Incoming veterans are advised to contact the Veterans Assistance Office at least 45 days prior to the start of the semester to complete paperwork to receive their benefits. Veterans receiving benefits must complete an Enrollment Certification Request Form each semester and notify the Veterans Assistance Office of all changes in enrollment. Inquiries concerning educational benefits for veterans and their dependents may be directed to the Veterans Assistance Office, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2872, (815) 753-0691 or online at and click on veterans assistance. Office hours are noon - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


General Assembly Scholarship. This scholarship covers tuition and activity fee charges and is usually awarded one year at a time. A competitive examination may be given to determine eligibility. The student must be a resident of the district from which he or she hopes to obtain the scholarship. Interested students should contact their state representative or senator.

Illinois Department of Human Services, Department of Rehabilitation Services. This office provides rehabilitation services to individuals with a significant disability to enable them to engage in an occupation leading to competitive employment. These services may include financial assistance for all or part of the tuition and fees and/or the student’s maintenance costs while they are in attendance at an accredited postsecondary institution. For detailed information and application assistance, write to the Illinois Department of Human Services, Department of Rehabilitation Services, 623 E. Adams Street, P.O. Box 19429, Springfield, IL 62794-9429 .

Illinois National Guard Grant. Any enlisted person who is actively serving in the Army, Air National Guard, or Illinois Naval Militia may qualify for financial assistance benefits. Students should contact their military unit and the SFAO for further information.

Illinois State Monetary Award Program.* This program is available from the state of Illinois for Illinois residents who are first-time undergraduates. Awards are made based on information reported on the FAFSA. The maximum award covers tuition and mandatory fees.

Illinois Veteran Grant. A veteran who was a resident of Illinois both before and after one year or more of active duty, and received other than a dishonorable discharge may qualify for the Illinois Veteran Grant.

Merit Recognition Scholarship. These scholarships are available to applicants in the top five percent of each Illinois high school graduating class. An award of up to $1,000 is given to students nominated by their high school counselor. Recipients must enroll for at least 6 semester hours for two terms each academic year, plus receive a 2.50 GPA, to qualify for the one year non-renewable award.

State Special Education Scholarships. These scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students seeking initial teacher certification in any area of special education. The scholarship is valid for not more than four years of attendance within a six-year period and carries an obligation to teach in Illinois two of five years following graduation. For more information, interested persons should contact ISAC at

Also see “Scholarships and Academic Awards” on the following pages.

Private/External Scholarships


Private scholarships are awards provided by donors outside the university such as civic, fraternal, professional, education, and religious groups/organizations, private foundations, corporations, and employers of parents. The Student Financial Aid Office scholarship adviser, high school counselors, library reference books, and the Internet are good reference sources for assistance in locating private scholarships. Questions regarding the processing of private/external scholarship funds should be referred to the Student Financial Aid Office scholarship adviser. The Student Financial Aid Office administers the disbursement to students of scholarship funds provided by private/external donors.

Also see “Scholarships and Academic Awards” to learn about NIU awarded scholarships.

A variety of part-time employment under the regular student employment and Federal Work-Study programs is available to NIU students. Jobs are available through the residence halls, the University Libraries, Holmes Student Center, and most university departments where typists and clerical workers are hired.

The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act mandates that any person employed by Northern Illinois University after November 6, 1986, must be either a U.S. citizen or possess current employment authorization from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Student employees must be prepared to present original documentation to the Student Employment Office prior to the start of their employment contract. For more information, contact the Student Employment Office (753-1394).

Tuition Waivers for Senior Citizens


Anyone 65 years of age or older whose annual income is under $21,218 is eligible to take credit courses tuition free. The student must pay all general university fees and any course-related fees. Available classroom space must exist and tuition-paying students enrolled must constitute the minimum number of required students for the particular class except for credit courses designed specifically for senior citizens. Interested senior citizens should contact the Student Financial Aid Office.

Scholarships and Academic Awards


College of Business

Undergraduate Studies in Business

Ruth G. Hart Memorial Scholarship
Herb Eldean Endowed Fund
CNA/Azel Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund
David & Linda Nelson Endowed Business Scholarship
NIU Executive Club Endowed Scholarship
Randall N. Beck Memorial Scholarship
Dennis and Stacey Barsema Endowed Scholarship in Business
David & Diane Graf College of Business Rockford Endowed Scholarship
Talented Minority Scholarship
Leslie A. Holmes Memorial Fund - Endowed
Horvath Family Fund
Donald R. Larson Endowed Scholarship

Department of Accountancy**

Accountancy Faculty Undergraduate Scholarship
Arthur J. Krupp Scholarship
BDO Seidman LLP
Beta Alpha Psi
BP Products Scholarship
Brian Deets Memorial Endowment in Accountancy
Caterpillar Scholarship
Clifton Gunderson LLP Scholarship
Crowe Chizek & Co. LLP Scholarship
DeLoitte LLP Scholarship
Donald & Donna Kieso Scholarship
Ernst & Young LLP Scholarship
Federation of Schools Accountancy Award
Financial Executives Institute–Fox Rock Chapter Scholarship
Garelli, Wong & Associates Scholarship
Grant Thornton LLP Scholarship
Hartmarx Corporation Scholarship
HSBC Scholarship
IMA – Rockford Chapter Scholarship
Institute of Internal Auditors - Chicago Chapter
James & Kathy Hendricks Scholarship
KPMG LLP Scholarship
McGladrey Inc. Scholarship
Michael and Patricia Stradon Scholarship
Miller Cooper & Co. Ltd. Scholarship
Motorola Scholarship
National Association of Black Accountants Service Award
Patrick R. Delaney Endowed Accountancy Scholarship
Plante & Morgan PPLC Scholarship
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Scholarship
Reznick Group Scholarship
Ryan & Co. Scholarship
Sikich Gardner & Co. LLP Scholarship
SpearMC Management Scholarship
Student Accountancy Society Service Award
Warady + Davis LLP Scholarship
Wolf & Company LLP Scholarship

Department of Finance

Financial Executive Institute–Fox Rock Chapter
Security Traders Association of Chicago
National Bank & Trust of Sycamore
Clifford Danielson Scholarship
Financial Executives Institute of Chicago (FEI)
William Wilbur Endowed Scholarship

Department of Management

Management Departmental Scholarship
Gladys M. Bahr Memorial Fund
International Business Seminars Scholarship
Management Alumni Scholarship

Department of Marketing

Dr. A.H. (Cary) Kizilbash Memorial Award
CDW Sales Award
Michael T. McSweeney Direct Marketing Student Award
Project Leadership Associates Marketing Scholarship
Walgreens Scholarship
Marketing Achievement Award
International Marketing Award
Marketing Scholar Award
OTA/Off the Record Research Scholarship
Outstanding Future Alumni Award Given by Alumnus Jim Planey
Outstanding Selling Award
Aspiring Entrepreneur Award Scholarship
The Effner Financial Group Award
Philip G. Cohen Memorial Award
Pi Sigma Epsilon – Gamma Zeta Scholarship
Vector Sales Award
Wesley J. Welch Memorial Award

Department of Operations Management and Information Systems

Boise Office Solutions Scholarship
Caterpillar Scholarship
CON-WAY Logistics Scholarship
Matthew L. Johnson Scholarship
OMIS Alumni Scholarship
OMIS Faculty Undergraduate Scholarship
OMIS Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
Pella Corporation Scholarship

College of Education

John H. Johansen Scholarship in Education
Jessie Griffith Memorial Scholarship
Rista Simich Memorial Education Fund
Orville Jones Memorial International Scholarship
Maureen McLaughlin Deveraux Scholarship Fund
Raymond M. Haas and Harriet Cords Harrington Haas Scholarship Fund
Thomas R. and Shirley Klein Scott Scholarship Fund
Eunice B. Schwemm Scholarship Fund
Julia Calliss Morris Scholarship
Penelope (Penny Fike) Cameron College of Education Scholarship Fund
Teacher Education Scholarship
Dr. Ernest E. Hanson Memorial Scholarship
Earl and Margaret Hoffman Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education
Circle of Gold – Classes of 1949, 1950, 1951 Scholarship
Norman S. and Marion D. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship in Education
Laurence A. Mack Memorial Scholarship Fund
Martin H. & Verna Conklin Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund in Education
Dorothy A. (neé Studnicka) and Glenn E. Erickson Scholarship Fund
Donald R. Millette Endowed Scholarship Fund
Leslie A. Holmes Memorial Fund – Endowed
Horvath Family Fund

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Miriam Anderson Scholarship
Lela Trager Scholarship
Elizabeth A. Patterson Scholarship
Margaret May Duncan Scholarship
Physical Education Scholarship
Stroup-Dunn Scholarship
Lou Jean Moyer Scholarship
Al Kranz Student Athletic Trainer Scholarship
Judith A. Bischoff Scholarship

Department of Teaching and Learning

Lawrence B. Hapeman Scholarship
Iris Adam Memorial Endowment Fund
Harold W. “Rip” Collins Scholarship
Helen Kirby Tink Scholarship

Office of Recruitment Services

Golden Apple Scholars Tuition Scholarship
Golden Apple Scholars Pathway Scholars
Project Prime Award
Project Prime Scholarship
Mary F. English Technology Award

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Max Zar Scholarship in Engineering
Carter-Rodriguez Scholarship for Women in Engineering
Arthur D. and Florence S. Graffam Engineering Technology Scholarship
Romualdas and Nijole Kasuba Scholarship
Leadership Tuition Program for Women and Minorities
Dean’s Diversity Scholarship for Freshmen and Transfers
Energy Systems Group Scholarship Award in Engineering
Engineering and Technology Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship
“Doc” and Betty Newell Scholarship

Department of Electrical Engineering

S. N. Shure Brothers Electrical Engineering Scholarship
Omron Fdn. Electronic Engineering Scholarship
AOC Scholarship

Department of Technology

Society of Manufacturing Engineers
American Society of Safety Engineers
Society of Plastic Engineers

College of Health and Human Sciences

Izzo-Inge Family Award for Students with Disabilities

School of Allied Health Professions

School of Allied Health Professions Scholarship

Department of Communicative Disorders

Joan Good Erickson Undergraduate Clinical Interest Award
Cletus G. Fisher Award

School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences

Kappa Omicron Nu Scholarship
Celine Neptune Scholarship
Fashion Industries Organization Scholarship
Georgiana W. Sie Memorial Fund
Helen Gum Westlake and Donald G. Westlake Scholarship for Family Life Studies
Early Childhood Studies Student Teaching Scholarship
Hyatt International Scholarship
Marriott International Scholarship

Department of Military Science

Ruth Ashelford Pollock Scholarship
Illinois State Army ROTC Tuition Waiver
Illinois State Army ROTC Housing Waiver
Army 2yr/3yr/4yr Federal ROTC Scholarship
Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship

School of Nursing

Annette Lefkowitz Fund for Nursing Research
Dr. Irving & Roseanne Krcek Frank Scholarship in Nursing
Marian Frerichs Nursing Scholarship Fund
Jane Richards Scholarship Fund
Harold W. Finney and Janet P. Finney Medical Memorial Scholarship Fund
Gisela Wenner Nursing Scholarship
Ruth Hall Nursing Endowed Scholarship
Leslie A. Holmes Scholarship
Frank Nursing Student Scholarship
Sarah Fuller Memorial Scholarship
Leslie A. Holmes Memorial Fund - Endowed

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Harvey A. Feyerherm Award
Dr. August M. Gorenz Scholarship
David R. Layman Scholarship Fund
Amanda Mangold Scholarship
George L. Terwilliger Memorial Scholarship Fund–Endowed
Charles E. Montgomery Award
Jerrold H. Zar Scholarship Award
Alumni Scholarship

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship Fund
NIU Chemistry Club Ed Hyland Award
Rosalie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry
Van Acker-Duminy-Kovarik Scholarship Fund

Department of Communication

Albert Walker Award
Donald R. Grubb Scholarship Fund
John Clogston Memorial Scholarship
Scripps League Scholarship
Public Relations Student Society (PRSSA) of America Award Fund
Illinois Journalist of the Year Student Scholarship
Irvan J. Kummerfeldt Scholarship for Print or Broadcast News
Ann Nelson Nahas Scholarship
NIU Media Award
Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Scholarship for Print & Photojournalism
Hallie Hamilton Scholarship for Photojournalism
Granville and Eleanor Price Scholarship Fund for Print News
Van Sells Endowment in Communication
Forensics Tuition Scholarship
Margaret Louise Wood Rhetoric Scholarship
Kenneth Smith Memorial Award
Jennifer Ettema Scholarship

Department of Computer Science

Horvath Family Fund
AG Communication Scholarship
Evelyn Nelson Scholarship
Elizabeth J. Schwantes Undergraduate Scholars Fund

Department of Economics

Skeels Scholarship in Economics

Department of English

Jeannie A. Hainds English Endowment
Lynne Waldeland Scholarship in English
Rosalie Hewitt Scholarship Fund in English
Charles W. Hagelman Jr. Scholarship Fund
David and Linda Nelson Endowed English Scholarship
Richard H. Howland Scholarship Fund
Russell & Jeanne Durning Family Fund–Endowed
S. Orville and Adra Baker English Scholarship
John C. and Judith M. Gurley Endowed English Scholarship
Maude Uhland Award
Queen Victoria Hardison Award
Mae Thomas Award
Robert T. Self Award in Literature and Film
Orville Baker Essay Award
Gustaaf V. Van Cromphout Scholarship

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Joseph Suhadolc Memorial Scholarship Fund
Levin, Jachman, Greenberg, and Wagman Overseas Scholarship Fund
Lillian Pauleen Cobb Endowment Fund

Department of Geography

Richard E. Dahlberg Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth J. Schwantes Undergraduate Scholars Fund

Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Ira Edgar Odom Endowed Fund
Malcolm P. Weiss Endowed Fund

Department of History

James R. Shirley History Endowment
J. Patrick White History Education Endowment
Oscar Matasar Scholarship
Jeannie A. Hainds Scholarship
Hugh Jameson Essay Contest
Undergraduate Capstone Paper Prize
Outstanding History Student Award

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Margariete Montaque Wheeler Memorial Fund
Gail Masters Gallagher Memorial Scholarship Fund
Donald R. Ostberg–Mathematics Memorial Fund–Endowed
Mathematical Sciences Incoming Student Award
Dorothy A. (neé Studnicka) and Glenn E. Erickson Scholarship Fund
Horvath Family Fund

Department of Philosophy

Sherman M. Stanage Expendable Scholarship

Department of Physics

Eaton-Miner Physics Education Fund

Department of Political Science

Joe R. Wilkinson Memorial Fund–Endowed
Inez Nelson Family Endowed Scholarship
Kevin McKeogh Award
Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award

Department of Psychology

A. Bond and Margaret F. Woodruff Scholarship Fund–Psychology
Outstanding Undergraduate Research/Scholar Award
Elizabeth J. Schwantes Undergraduate Scholars Fund

Department of Sociology

James L. Massey Social Justice Award
David P. Street Memorial Fund

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Lester Trilla Scholarship
College of Visual and Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship Fund
Sally Stevens Arts Scholarship
O’Malley-Pugh Endowed Scholarship

School of Art

Jack & Eleanor Olson Art Scholarship
Richard A. Keefer Art Scholarship Fund–Endowed
James P. Bates Memorial Scholarship
Jack and Margaret Arends Scholarship
Peg Bond Art Education Scholarship
Caroline Allrutz Scholarship
Dimitri Liakos Endowment in Art History
John X. Koznarek Memorial Scholarship Fund–Endowed
Cora Miner Art Scholarship Fund–Endowed
Helen Merritt Art Scholarship
Frances Gates Memorial Art Scholarship Fund–Endowed
School of Art Tuition Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen
Jim Asbury Memorial Art Scholarship
Chicago Book Club Scholarship
Sally Stevens Arts Scholarship

Supporting the Future

Thanks to visionary volunteer leadership of AGC industry leaders, the AGC Education and Research Foundation, founded in 1968, has for more than 40 years made good on its commitment to support the future of our industry through its robust scholarship program and innovative projects.


Through endowments made by AGC members and supporters, as well as AGC Chapters, the Foundation is able to give 100 or more undergraduate and graduate scholarships each year to deserving students. Since 1970, we have awarded over 4,000 scholarships totaling over $10 million. Scholarship candidates are evaluated for their academic success, their commitment to the industry through participation in campus professional organizations, summer or part-time work in the construction industry, and their goals for the future.


The AGC Education and Research Foundation gives two prestigious awards annually, one to an educator who exemplifies excellence in the field of construction education, and the other to a senior-level student who submits the winning essay in the James L. Allhands Essay Competition.

Outstanding Educator Award
Since 1985, the AGC Education and Research Foundation has recognized annually an educator who makes a significant mark in the field of construction education.

James L. Allhands Student Essay Competition
The James L. Allhands award recognizes a student essay on a specific topic that is deemed to be beneficial to the advancement of technological, educational, or vocational expertise in the construction industry.

Research Projects

Robert L. Bowen Industry Residency

The Foundation is in its fifth year of an exciting ongoing initiative which creates a partnership among the Foundation, an AGC contractor, and an educational institution to provide an engaging summer internship experience for a faculty member on a construction project. The overall goal of the internship is to provide educators with jobsite field experience in order to provide this firsthand knowledge to their students. More information regarding the industry residency program can be found on this page.

Industry Case Studies
The Foundation has commissioned a few new case studies, and is in the process of securing future studies. For information on past case studies, and on what is to come, please check our Research and New Initiatives.

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