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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.

New Freshman Scholarships

New freshmen applicants must first be admitted to Southern Illinois University to be consider for our new freshmen merit-based scholarships, which include the Saluki Gold, Saluki Silver, and Saluki Maroon Scholarships, University Excellence Scholarship.  Awards are based upon the qualifying credentials submitted at the time of admission. 

A student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, undocumented resident, or deferred-action child to be considered/awarded an academic scholarship. Merit based awards are awarded to student taking classes on the SIU Carbondale campus. 

Receiving Merit-Based Awards

1. Apply for Admission 

2. After receiving notification of Admission, you'll be notified by email of your merit-based award based on the credentials submitted with your application for admission. 

3. Submit your General Scholarship Application to be considered for college and departmental scholarships. Our competitive Freshman Scholarships and some academic college and departmental scholarships require you to answer supplemental questions or attach an essay. To ensure maximum consideration, students should complete the General Scholarship Application, review their 'Recommended' opportunities and apply by the listed due date for each individual scholarship. 

2022-2023 Freshman Scholarships

Scholarship Criteria Total Value Deadline
University Excellence
  • Admitted to SIU
  • 3.8+ Unweighted GPA*

  • $5,500/year for four years with a total value of $22,000




  • Awarding begins in August.
  • Awarding concludes July 1.
  • Early applicants will be eligible to apply for the Chancellor's competitive scholarship. See competitive scholarships below this chart. 
Saluki Gold 
  • Admitted to SIU
  • 3.5 -3.79 Unweighted GPA
  • $3,500/year for four years with a total value of $14,000
  • Awarding begins in August.
  • Awarding concludes July 1.
Saluki Silver
  • Admitted to SIU
  • 3.0 - 3.49 Unweighted GPA
  • $2,500/year for four years with a total value of $10,000
  • Awarding begins in August.
  • Awarding concludes July 1.
Saluki Maroon
  • Admitted to SIU
  • 2.75 - 2.99 Unweighted GPA
  • $1,500/year for four years with a total value of $6,000
  • Awarding begins in August.
  • Awarding concludes July 1.

*Applicants have the option to submit a test score and qualify with a 3.5 to 3.79 GPA and a 28 ACT/1310 SAT.

Competitive Scholarships

To compete for the Chancellor's Scholarship, a student must be admitted and a separate application and interview will be required. 

Eligible applicants will be directed to the 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 3.8 GPA to qualify as a finalist to interview for the competitive scholarships. Recipients of the awards will have their original University Excellence Scholarship upgraded to the new award. The University Excellence scholarship cannot be combined or stacked with the Chancellor's Scholarship.

Scholarship Criteria Total Value Deadline
Chancellor's Scholarship
  • Receive University Excellence Scholarship
  • Submit an SIU Scholars Program Application
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Complete an interview if selected as a finalist. 
  • Covers in-state tuition, mandatory fees, room and board for a total of four years
  • Total value of more than $102,000

  • SIU Scholars Program Application submitted by November 1
  • Interviews: Virtual, January 28-29
University Excellence Scholarship Upgrade
  • Receive University Excellence Scholarship
  • Submit an SIU Scholars Program Application
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Complete an interview if selected as a finalist. 
  • Finalists for the Chancellor's Scholarship, who interviewed, but are not selected, may be offered a $2,000 upgrade to their current University Excellence award, valued at $7,500 per year, total value of $30,000 

  • SIU Scholars Program Application submitted by November 1
  • Interviews: Virtual, January 28-29

Timing

The awarding process begins in August for the University Excellence Scholarship and continues until July 1. The Chancellor's Scholarship requires an additional application, the SIU Scholars Program application. 

SIU Scholars Program Application submitted by November 1.
  • Selection for an interview is competitive and all applicants will be notified of their status by Wednesday, December 22.  
  • Applicants selected for an interview will interview virtually on Friday, January 28 or Saturday, January 29
Campus Scholarships