NIU Foundation Impact Scholarship

The Impact Scholarship award is one of the most prestigious scholarship available at NIU, and made possible by the generosity of the NIU Foundation Board of Directors to provide scholarship support to the highest achieving NIU undergraduate students. Impact scholars embody the greatness of NIU, and demonstrate the values and spirit of NIU as illustrated by their academic excellence, outstanding work ethic and Huskie pride.

The scholarship will pay tuition and fees after other institutional aid and/or a MAP grant is applied. Impact scholarships cannot apply to residence hall charges; cannot be applied to Huskie Bucks; cannot be refunded for off-campus living expenses.

Finalists may be invited to an interview. Recipients may be asked to participate in an NIU Foundation annual fundraising event.

*Deadline for application and letter of recommendation extended to February 1, 2021.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Write and upload a letter addressed the Impact Scholarship Committee that outlines the values and spirit of NIU illustrated by your academic performance, your work ethic and your Huskie pride. You are encouraged to research the NIU Foundation at so that you can become familiar with our fundraising efforts, and so you can write with confidence about the NIU Foundation in your letter. Please ensure the writing in your letter appropriately represents your NIU education, and is ready for professional consideration. Consider adding the following information so that the committee can get to know you: tell us a little bit about yourself and what brought you to NIU; share what being a Huskie means to you; talk about the difference this scholarship would make in your collegiate experience at NIU; describe your goals and aspirations.
  2. Please provide the name and email address of an academic advisor, faculty member, or Dean who is willing to submit a recommendation on your behalf, and can speak to your work ethic, academic accomplishments, and contributions to your academic program.