Merit-Based Donor Scholarship Application Instructions

To apply for a Merit-Based Donor Scholarship, applicants must submit the completed online application form and personal essay by May 16, 2014. These items must be included for the application to be complete and eligible for consideration by the selection committee. Students may opt to submit a letter of recommendation from an NLU faculty member, as well as a resume. Please follow the instructions below to complete these four components.

Step 1: The Essay
Please submit a one-to-three page essay. The first page of the essay should include your name, Your essay should address the following question:

  • What do you want to accomplish with your degree from NLU?

Your essay should be written specifically to apply for the Merit-Based Scholarships. If you are in the National College of Education and have written a “Why Teach” or “Philosophy of Education” essay for other purposes, DO NOT resubmit these essays. Doing so will result in your application being removed from consideration.

If you need assistance writing your essay, please contact Learning Support. Please note "merit-based scholarship" in the subject line. The deadline to request essay assistance is Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Step 2: Your Resume
Your resume is an opportunity to highlight any accomplishments that make you an ideal scholarship recipient. Examples of additional resume sections might include Honors, Activities, Achievements, Foreign Languages Spoken or Volunteer Experience. The resume submission is not mandatory for scholarship consideration.

The Career Development Office can assist with resume writing. Contact them at careerdevelopment@nl.edu or 312.261.3270 to schedule a resume review with a Career Readiness Advisor. To ensure all students who would like assistance are able to be serviced, resume reviews will not be scheduled after Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Step 3: Letter of Recommendation from an NLU Faculty Member
You may submit one letter of recommendation from an NLU faculty member or adjunct faculty member. The letter should be emailed by the professor directly to stapplications@nl.edu

The letter of recommendation and resume are not required for scholarship consideration but will be reviewed if submitted.

Step 4: The Application
The Merit-Based Donor Scholarships Application can be found online.

Review the general eligibility requirements for Merit-Based Donor Scholarships:

  • Demonstrate evidence of academic achievement
  • Have successfully completed at least one term at NLU prior to March 31, 2014

If you meet these requirements complete the first 2 sections of the scholarship application: Contact Information and Student Profile.

Review the Merit-Based Donor Scholarship list and determine for which scholarships you meet the eligibility criteria. When completing the online application, select these scholarships.

Read the information at the bottom of the page. If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you are agreeing to write the scholarship donor and express your appreciation for the award and attend the scholarship ceremony in Spring 2015 at the Chicago campus. If you agree, sign the application at the bottom of the page and hit “submit.” You have now completed the application form.

Final Considerations:
You must complete your Merit-Based Scholarship application by the May 16, 2014 deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Valid scholarship applications must be submitted online by Friday, May 16, 2014. Questions can be directed to stscholarships@nl.edu.

Please note that NLU Scholarships only cover tuition charges and are not refundable to the student.

Students must adhere to all the University policies noted in the Catalog in order to remain eligible to receive NLU Scholarships.

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

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    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

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    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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