Cheryl Hoyer Memorial Scholarship

In memory of the life of Cheryl Hoyer, the Cheryl Hoyer Memorial Scholarship provides tuition assistance on a competitive basis to degree seeking students of the University’s Applied Behavioral Sciences program. Preference is given to applicants who are the caregiver for a child with special needs or are providing support or services to children with special needs. However, this is an open application process and all ABS students are welcome to apply.

Cheryl Hoyer (1958–2008) was a dynamic and committed student in the ABS program at National Louis University. She was widely respected by her faculty and peers and known for her positivity, humility and organization. She was also steadfastly and completely devoted to her family. Motivated by her own child’s need, Cheryl founded an Equipment Lending Library for children with special needs. Katy's Kloset has been helping families since 1995.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be pursuing a degree in the Applied Behavioral Sciences program at NLU
  • Be in good standing with Student Finance
  • Fulfill the scholarship's application requirements, which include completing:
    • Cheryl Hoyer Memorial Scholarship Application
    • Resume
      • Resume writing assistance can be found with the Career Development Office.  Contact them to schedule a resume review at or 312.261.3270.  To ensure all students who would like assistance are able to be serviced, resume reviews will not be scheduled after Wednesday, April 24, 2015.
    • Essay
      • If you need assistance writing your essay please reach out to Learning Support.  Please note “Cheryl Hoyer Scholarship” in the subject line.  The deadline to request essay assistance is Wednesday, April 24, 2015.

Factors considered in awarding scholarships include financial need, dedication to a career in human services, previous work experience in the field and volunteer activity or leadership. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate any of the following:

  • Are the primary caregiver for a child with special needs
  • Support or work with children with special needs
  • Are returning to school after an absence to care for children

Students who receive scholarships but do not continue enrollment in the Applied Behavioral Sciences program and complete their degrees will be obligated to repay their awards to the University and will be asked to sign a written agreement to this effect.

Previous applicants for this scholarship may re-apply, however, first consideration will be given to new applicants.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of academic leadership convened by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, for the sole purpose of reviewing and selecting applicants.

Scholarship assistance will never be provided in the form of direct payments of cash to students. Awards are instead made as credits to students' accounts to cover the cost of tuition. Please note that NLU Scholarships only cover tuition charges and are not refundable to the student.

The application form, resume and essay must have been submitted via email to by May 15, 2015 to be considered for the 2015-2016 scholarship.


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