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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.

Transfer Scholarships

New transfer applicants must first be admitted to Southern Illinois University to be consider for our new transfer merit-based scholarships, which include the Dean's Transfer, Transfer Achievement, and Provost Scholarships.  Awards are based upon the qualifying credentials submitted at the time of admission. To ensure maximum consideration, students should be knowledgeable of the specific requirements and deadlines associated with all of the scholarships that are awarded. 

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. 

The awarding process begins in August for the Dean's Transfer Scholarship, and continues until all funds have been exhausted. A General Scholarship Application is required for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, which is awarded after March 1. 

We have two competitive transfer scholarships offered at SIU, the Provost's and Transfer Achievement Scholarships. Students should be admitted to SIU Carbondale by February 1 to be considered for these competitive scholarships. More information about the awards can be found below.

2022-23 Transfer Scholarships

Name Criteria Total Value Deadline
Dean's Transfer Scholarship
  • 3.50 Transfer GPA
  • Completed 30 transferable credit hours
  • $4,000/year for two years
  • Total value of $8,000

Awarding begins in August for those entering in Fall 2022


Awarding concludes July 1

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
  • Receive a Dean's Transfer Scholarship offer
  • Member of PTK for at least one academic year
  • $3,000 for the first year
  • *five awarded each year
Awarding begins March 1

Competitive Scholarships

Name Criteria Total Value Deadline
Transfer Achievement Scholarship
  • Eligible for a Dean's Transfer Scholarship
  • Scheduled to earn an associates degree from a regionally accredited community college before enrolling at SIU
  • Submit a Transfer Scholars Program Application
  • Complete an interview at SIU
  • $6,000/year for two years
  • Total value of $12,000
  • Admitted to SIU by February 1, 2022
  • Complete Transfer Scholars Program Application by February 21, 2022
  • Complete scholarship interview at SIU: March 28, 2022
Provost's Scholarship
  • Eligible for a Dean's Transfer Scholarship
  • Scheduled to earn an associates degree from a regionally accredited community college before enrolling at SIU
  • Submit a Transfer Scholars Program Application
  • Complete an interview at SIU
  • Covers tuition and mandatory fees for a total of two years.
  • Total value of over $29,000.
  • Admitted to SIU: February 1, 2022
  • Complete Transfer Scholars Program Application: February 21, 2022
  • Complete scholarship interview at SIU: March 28, 2022

 

Dean's Transfer Scholarship
Students who will transfer with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50 GPA (4.0=A) are eligible for the Dean's Transfer Scholarship. Southern Illinois University Carbondale will notify admitted students who are eligible to receive an academic scholarship. All academic scholarships are competitive and are offered on a funds-available basis. Please note: students who complete a Bachelor's Degree before entering SIU are not eligible for the Dean's Transfer Scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Transfer students who have been members of Phi Theta Kappa for one academic year and will transfer with at least a 3.50 GPA (4.0=A) are eligible to compete for the PTK Scholarship Award. Awarding begins after March 1. In order to be considered for the PTK award, you must first be awarded the Dean's Transfer Scholarship and submit an SIU General Scholarship Application. Southern Illinois University Carbondale will notify admitted students who are eligible to receive an academic scholarship. All academic scholarships are competitive and are offered on a funds-available basis.

Competitive Scholarships
Transfer students who are eligible for a Dean's Transfer Scholarship, are admitted to SIU by February 1, and are scheduled to earn their associates degree from a regionally accredited community college before entering SIU are eligible to compete for our Provost's and Transfer Achievement Scholarships. A separate application is required. Eligible students must submit a Transfer Scholars Program Application by February 21, 2022 to be considered.

Additional scholarship opportunities
Departmental scholarships are also awarded each year to new and current students by the various Colleges across campus. Students who have chosen a major are encouraged to contact the department in their academic area of study regarding scholarship opportunities. Most college and departmental scholarship opportunities will be posted on our SIU Scholarship Opportunity Manager, also known as the General Scholarship Application. Here you will find over 600 scholarship opportunities for incoming and current SIU students. Scholarships will be available for review beginning in August, 2021.