Illinois State University students take advantage of a wide range of scholarship opportunities, both on campus and within their communities. Our ScholarshipFinder can help match academic interests and credentials with scholarships for which a student may qualify, including those specifically available to incoming freshmen.
Illinois State awards highly competitive, merit-based scholarships to new students with exceptional academic talent. For best consideration for these awards, students should apply for admission during the preferred application filing period (September 1 - November 15).
This is a $44,000 award ($11,000 per year, renewable for up to four years) for new freshmen. Students who are eligible for the Honors Program and have at least a 30 ACT (or equivalent SAT) will be invited to apply. Learn more about the Presidential Scholarship .
This is a minimum $24,000 award (minimum $6,000 per year, renewable for up to four years) for new freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups or first-generation college students who have overcome hardship in achieving their academic goals. The minimum credentials required to be invited to apply are an ACT score of at least 25 (or equivalent SAT) and a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Learn more about the University Scholarship.
This is an award ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, for new freshmen. The minimum credentials for consideration are an ACT score of at least 25 (or equivalent SAT) and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Learn more about the Redbird Academic Scholarship .
Additional scholarship information is provided through the Financial Aid Office, which can assist with seeking out a variety of private scholarship opportunities, as well as provide tips for conducting a scholarship search.