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Our mission at SIU is to dismantle anything that stands between people and discovery. For many, the cost of a college education is an obstacle. Because we believe initiative should always be rewarded, we have designed our academic scholarship program to reward students for their academic achievements and to cover more tuition expenses. All our scholarships are now four year awards, and funding will be available to students through the Spring. Based on your academic achievements, you may already qualify for significant award funding!


The Southern Illinois University Academic Scholarship Office awards scholarships to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential for superior academic performance. New freshmen applicants must be admitted to be consider for our new freshmen merit-based scholarships, which include the Dean's Scholarship, Housing Scholarship, University Excellence Scholarship, and Chancellor's Scholarship. Awards are based upon the qualifying credentials submitted at the time of applying for admission. A student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, undocumented resident, or deferred-action child to be considered/awarded an academic scholarship. To get started, Apply for Admission now, then submit your SIU General Scholarship Application (available starting in July) to be considered for our college and departmental scholarships.

After completion of your SIU General Scholarship Application, the SIU Scholars Program Application will be available for those who qualify to compete for our University Excellence and Chancellor's Scholarships. The SIU Scholars Program Application must be submitted by December 1 in order to receive consideration.

New for the 2019-20 academic year, first year students starting Fall 2019 that are Illinois residents have the opportunity to receive additional funding based upon their test score and high school GPA. Check out our AIM HIGH Scholarships to find out more.

Other Freshman Scholarships may require you to complete special questions, an essay, or attach other supporting material. To ensure maximum consideration, students should complete the SIU General Scholarship Application, review their 'Recommended' opportunities within their General Scholarship Application Manager account and apply for all applicable opportunities before December 1.

2019-2020 Freshman Scholarships

Scholarship Criteria Total Value Deadline

Dean's Scholarship

• Admitted to SIU

• At least a 24 ACT or 1160 SAT and a 3.5 high school GPA

$4,000 - $6,000/year for four years

Total value of $16,000 - $24,000

Awarding begins June 1, 2018

Housing Scholarship

• At least a 21 ACT or 1060 SAT and a 2.5 HS GPA


$3,500 - $4,000 for first year

Admitted by April 1

Competitive Scholarships

University Excellence Scholarship

• Submit an SIU Scholars Program Application

• Demonstrate leadership skills

• Complete an interview at SIU

• Successful applicants typically have at least a 28 ACT or 1300 SAT and 3.5 high school GPA to qualify

$9,500/year for four years

Total value of $38,000

A complete admission application, including high school transcript and test score, submitted to SIU Undergraduate Admissions by November 1

SIU Scholars Program Application submitted by December 1

Interviews: February 1 & 2, 2019

Chancellor's Scholarship

Covers in-state tuition, mandatory fees, room and board for a total of four years

Total value of more than $98,000

Competitive Scholarships

To compete for the Chancellor's or University Excellence Scholarships, a separate application and interview will be required. For consideration, a student should have their complete Application for Undergraduate Admission submitted no later than November 1. Eligible applicants will be directed to the SIU Scholars Program Application after the completion of the SIU General Scholarship Application. Selection is competitive and based upon a holistic review of your academic credentials submitted at the time of applying for admission. Successful applicants typically have at least a 28 ACT or 1300 SAT to qualify as a finalist to interview for the competitive scholarships. Recipients of the awards will have their original Dean's Scholarship upgraded to the new award.  The Dean's Scholarship can not be combined with the University Excellence or Chancellor's Scholarship.

Housing Scholarship

To qualify for the award, a student must be admitted to the university, have at least a 2.5 high school GPA, and a 21+ ACT or 1060+ SAT. Scholarships will automatically be awarded based upon a students credentials submitted with their undergraduate admissions application. No separate application is required. Award ranges from $3,500-$4,000.  A traditional residence hall contract must be on file with SIU for funds to release to the student's statement of account.



The awarding process begins June 1 for the Dean's Scholarship and continues until all funds have been exhausted. The Chancellor's and University Excellence Scholarships require an additional application. To be eligible, you must have your complete Application for Undergraduate Admission submitted to the university by November 1. Qualifying students will be asked to submit the SIU Scholars Program Application by December 1 to compete for these scholarships.

If you receive an academic scholarship offer, please complete all necessary steps to accept your scholarship within fifteen days of the date of the award offer.