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Graduate Student Scholarships

Graduate students have numerous opportunities for financial assistance across the campus of Western Illinois University. There are a limited number of competitive academic scholarships available through the Foundation Scholarship Program. Graduate scholarships through the Foundation Scholarship Program will require separate applications. The criteria and deadlines will vary.

Federal student loans through the FAFSA, student employment through the Financial Aid Office, and graduate assistantships through the Graduate Office may also be available.

Graduate scholarship opportunities through the Foundation Scholarship Program.

Scholarship GPA, ACT, etc Major/other requirements $ Awarded each year Deadline to apply Apply to:/Contact Comments
Amy Titus Memorial Fund   WIU Westernette or WIU Cheerleader $250 Feb. 1 after Westernette/Cheerleader season Scholarship Office Sherman Hall 308  
University Women Scholarship 3.0 GPA Female; Sophomore-Graduate $1,200 April 1 Scholarship Office Sherman 308 Personal statement required
Leroy Daniel Scholarship   Must be of ethnic minority; Any class level; Resident of Illinois; Full-time; Good standing $750 April 30 Scholarship Office  
Ron and Sheila Gierhan   Has shown commitment and contribution to their extracurricular groups or organizations on campus $200 Spring Semester Office of Student Activities Nominated by faculty, staff, advisors, or other students
Kelvin Butts Memorial Scholarship 3.0 GPA Student currently residing in the residence halls with the intention of returning to the residence halls for the following year; Demonstrate leadership $500 May 1 Office of Residence Life  
Western Illinois Black Alumni Scholarship 2.5 GPA African American student; 24 hours through Graduate; Full-time; Record of community service $250 July 1 Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center 500 word essay required
Chad Stovall Memorial Fund   Student with diagnosed disability; Financial need is a consideration $350 Sept. 29 Disability Resource Center Preference given to students diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or Attention Deficit Disorder
William and Eva Graham Scholarship   Current employee of the University Library; Good academic standing $900 Oct. 12 Leslie F. Malpass Library Administration Office  
RA Council Award   Evaluated by accomplishment and contribution; Good GPA $250 Contact University Housing and Dining Services University Housing and Dining Services  
Shane and Tena Bennett Scholarship 3.5 GPA Second semester grad student at the time of award; Member of the Recreational Sports Professional Society; U.S. citizen/permanent resident $250 Contact Campus Recreation Campus Recreation  
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Minimum 2.75 GPA in last two years undergraduate work & minimum 3.2 GPA in at least 9 hours of graduate study Accepted and enrolled in a graduate program at least half time; Illinois resident or high school or college graduate  from an Illinois school or registered to vote in IL with minimum 3 years residency; must be member of an underrepresented group (African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American) $12,500 stipend February of each year-contact the WIU Graduate Office Ron Williams, Assistant Vice President, Provost and Academic Affairs  Must plan to teach or administer at an Illinois post-secondary  institution or  take a position at one of the post-secondary education governing or coordinating boards in Illinois for equal to the number of years of award; Financial need from FAFSA is considered