Endowments generate earnings, a portion of which supports scholarships, teaching, programming, research, the libraries, and athletics. The principal is invested for the long term, sustaining Northern throughout even the most uncertain times. You can direct your gift to support a particular interest or to be used where the need is greatest.
Minimum Level: $2 million
Minimum Level: $1 million
The highest honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member, the endowed chair provides an eminent scholar with salary support as well as additional sums to fund graduate assistant salaries, secretarial support, course development and travel.
Minimum Level: $500,000
Normally awarded to tenured faculty who are distinguished in scholarship, teaching, and research. Supplements departmental support for salary, research, and travel.
Term Professorship: Rotates for terms of three to five years among resident senior faculty in recognition of teaching excellence within a department or school.
Research Professorship: Offers the university or college the flexibility to identify research needs by recognizing faculty on either an extended, short-term, or rotating basis.
Assistant Professorship: Supports rising stars by rewarding non-tenured or newly tenured faculty who have distinguished themselves as they start on tenure tracks.
Minimum Level: $250,000
Established within a department, college, or discipline and held by distinguished faculty from other institutions.
Minimum Level: $250,000
One of the university’s most prestigious scholarships will provide full tuition, room, and board to an honor’s student coming to NIU for four years.
Minimum Level: $150,000
Provides financial aid to quality graduate or professional students who are interested in assisting with research or teaching.
Minimum Level: $100,000
Will enable the college to retain regionally and nationally recognized experts to participate in a lecture series to benefit faculty and students in the college.
Minimum Level: $25,000
Endowed scholarships provide financial assistance to students of academic merit and/or financial need. Merit scholarships help Northern compete for the best and brightest students.
Scholarships also make an NIU education affordable. Today is one of the most difficult times in history to finance an education. Donor support often is the difference between a student graduating or having to leave school.
Student scholarships are administered by the NIU Scholarship Office.
Foundation Level – $25,000
Instructional Support – $100, 000
Research Support – $250,000
Comprehensive Support – $500,000
Funding levels determined by the appropriate academic administrators, the university president, and the chief development officer.