What is a Scholarship?
A scholarship is financial aid that you do not have to pay back. It is an award that is applied directly to tuition and other educational costs. Scholarships for college are either merit-based or need-based. Merit-based scholarships are awarded on the strength of your academic record in high school and college. Need-based scholarships are awarded to qualified students who demonstrate the most need for financial assistance to help afford college. Please note that some scholarships are also limited to students in a specific degree program or field.
*International Students may only qualify for the Alumni Choice Scholarship.*
National Louis University awards the following scholarships to qualified undergraduate students as well as graduate students in the National College of Education. You don’t need to apply separately for most of these scholarships. They are automatically awarded based on the information in your admissions application and on the FAFSA. Please note that most NLU resources are limited to 25% of the tuition charges assessed per term. Students are only eligible to receive one NLU resource per academic year. The only exception to this policy is students who are awarded one of our institutional merit-based donor scholarships. NLU Scholarships can only be used to cover tuition costs and are not refundable to the student. Students who receive additional resources that cover tuition costs, such as employer reimbursement or outside scholarships for college, may not be eligible for these awards.
All National Louis Scholarships require U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Undocumented students who meet the criteria may apply to receive the Harrison Professional Pathways Scholarship for Undocumented Students. International students who meet the criteria may apply to receive the NLU Alumni Choice and PTK Scholarships. International students who apply for but are not awarded the PTK Scholarship are ineligible to receive the NLU Platinum or National Louis scholarships as both require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status.
Scholarships for Transfer Students
- National Louis Scholarship
- Platinum Scholarship
- Founders Scholarship
- Eagle Scholarship
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (separate application required)
Scholarships for New NLU Students
- Alumni Choice Scholarship
- Criminal Justice Practitioners Scholarship
- D214 National Louis Scholarship
Scholarships for Full-Time Undergraduate Day Students
Scholarships for Current NLU Undergraduate Students
Scholarship for McCormick Center Students and Alumni
Scholarships for NCE Graduate Students
- Experienced Educators Success Scholarship
- Educational Leadership Administration and Supervision
- Elementary Education
NLU Donor Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of NLU alumni, friends and corporations, there are dozens of donor scholarships available to NLU students across all degree programs. These scholarships are merit-based and awarded to current NLU students, not new applicants.
- Merit-Based Scholarships
- Doctoral Scholarships
- Patricia Cassin-Graft Student Teacher Assistance Fund Award
- Jane Roiter Memorial Scholarship in Counseling and Human Services
The State of Illinois administers several scholarship programs. Detailed information can be found on their College Zone website.
Programs include the Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship, which encourages academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschool, elementary and secondary schools.
2016–2017 MTI Scholarship Application Update:
Although the priority application consideration date for the 2016–17 Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program was March 1, 2016, applications are still being accepted. Complete applications will continue to be considered as long as funding remains after all applicants who filed complete on-time applications have been awarded.
Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship
This program is an individual-based scholarship opportunity for practitioners working in Early Care and Education (ECE) or school-age care. Information and eligibility requirements can be found on the Gateways to Opportunity webpage.
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship Program (DFI)
The DFI Fellowship is available for African American, Latino, Native American and Asian American graduate students. Click here for additional information.
There are many scholarships for college available from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private foundations, corporations and more. These scholarships are not affiliated with National Louis University and have their own application and eligibility requirements.
Questions? Contact Us
We know that applying for scholarships can be confusing, so we are here to help. Contact the Office of Student Finance with any questions you have about applying for scholarships.