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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!

Applying

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 Saluki Gold, Saluki Silver, and Saluki Maroon Scholarships, 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. Merit based awards are awarded to student taking classes on the SIU Carbondale campus. To get started, Apply for Admission now, then submit your General Scholarship Application to be considered for our college and departmental scholarships.

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

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 General Scholarship Application, review their 'Recommended' opportunities within their General Scholarship Application Manager account and apply for all applicable opportunities before December 1.

2021-2022 Freshman Scholarships

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

  • $7,500/year for four years with a total value of $30,000 if admitted by November 30.

  • $5,500/year for four years with a total value of $22,000 if admitted after November 30.



  • Awarding begins in October
  • Awarding concludes March 1
  • Applicants admitted by November 30 will be eligible to apply for the Chancellor's competitive scholarship.
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 October
  • Awarding concludes March 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 October
  • Awarding concludes March 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 October
  • Awarding concludes March 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 Scholarship

To compete for the Chancellor's Scholarship, 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 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
  • Submit an SIU Scholars Program Application
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Complete an interview at SIU
  • Successful applicants typically have at least 3.8 high school GPA to qualify.
  • Covers in-state tuition, mandatory fees, room and board for a total of four years
  • Total value of more than $102,000
  • A complete admission application, including high school transcript, submitted to SIU Undergraduate Admissions by November 1
  • SIU Scholars Program Application submitted by December 1
  • Interviews: Virtual, dates TBD

Timing

The awarding process begins in October for the University Excellence Scholarship and continues until March 1. The Chancellor's Scholarship requires 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 this scholarship.

Once you receive an academic scholarship offer, please follow the steps to accept your scholarship award. Accepting your scholarship does not commit you to SIU. However, it holds your award until you make a decision.

  • A complete admission application, including high school transcript, submitted to SIU Undergraduate Admissions by November 1
  • SIU Scholars Program Application submitted by December 1
  • Interviews: Due to current travel restrictions and limits on large events due to COVID-19, interviews will take place virtually. Interview dates and times will be provided to finalists after applying. 
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