Scholarship Program

Alumni Merit Scholarship

2023-24 Merit Scholarship Award Recipients


MyScholarships is NIU’s campus-wide scholarship application system. In MyScholarships, you can apply for multiple competitive scholarships, including the NIU Alumni Association Merit Scholarship.

The deadline for the Alumni Merit Scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year is Jan. 31, 2024.

If you have a 3.5 GPA and are active within the university and community, we may be able to help you out.

For more than 50 years, the NIU Alumni Association has provided financial assistance to thousands of students. Don’t let this money pass you by.

For sophomores, juniors and seniors

The NIU Alumni Association offers $2,500 merit scholarships to continuing undergraduate students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2024-2025 school year and are enrolled full time at NIU for both the fall and spring semesters ($1,250 each semester). Each applicant is eligible to receive only one Alumni Association scholarship per academic year.

Scholarship criteria

Applicants must be currently enrolled, transferring to NIU or re-entering as an undergraduate student.

A minimum 3.5 GPA

Applicants must be enrolled full time at NIU (12 semester hours) for both the fall and spring semesters.

Fill out the MyScholarships online scholarship application and sign in with your NIU ZID and password in the upper right corner to access the general application. If you need assistance with the application process, please do not hesitate in reaching out to the University Writing Center.

MyScholarships is accessible to students who have applied to NIU or are enrolled at Northern. If you have questions, visit the MyScholarships home page. After you complete the general application, you will be prompted to apply for additional scholarships. Search for the NIU Alumni Association Merit Scholarship and click on the link to view the additional requirement for a professional letter of recommendation.

Good luck!