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 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.
National Louis University awards the following scholarships to qualified transfer students and undergraduate day 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. Please note that all NLU resources are limited to 25% of the tuition charges assessed per term. 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, may not be eligible for these awards.
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
Scholarships for Full-Time Undergraduate Day Students
Scholarships for Current NLU Undergraduate Students
Scholarships for NCE Graduate Students
- Experienced Educators 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 Scholarship List
- Doctoral Scholarships
- Patricia Cassin-Graft Student Teacher Assistance Fund Award
- Cheryl Hoyer Memorial Scholarship
- Jane Roiter Memorial Scholarship in Counseling and Human Services
How to Apply for Donor Scholarships
There is a separate application process for all merit-based donor scholarships. Click here for detailed application instructions. The application can also be found here: Merit-Based Donor Scholarship Application.
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.
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 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.