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  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: NIU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 07/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2025 11/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Program Description:
John and Lili LaTourette International Studies Scholarship

In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to qualified NIU students, each year Northern Illinois University offers the John E. and Lili LaTourette International Studies Scholarships for Northern Illinois University students interested in study abroad.
John and Lili La Tourette spent 40 years in higher education, and nearly 15 years at the helm of the presidency of Northern Illinois University.  John LaTourette was NIU’s tenth president.  He believed in international education and considered study abroad a cornerstone in the pursuit of a Northern Illinois University degree that prepares students for careers in a global economy.

2024/25 Awards
One Fall 2024 Award of approximately $500
One Spring 2025 Award of approximately $500

The completed application and the faculty recommendation need to be submitted by the deadline.

The selection of a recipient will be competitive and based on the application criteria.

Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted.  Students will be notified within three weeks of the application deadline whether they have been selected to receive a scholarship.

Applicants must submit the following by the above-mentioned deadlines:
  1. NIU Study Abroad Application:  Applicants must have completed an application to participate in an NIU semester or academic year program offered by an approved provider. 
  2. LaTourette Online Application
  3. Recommendation:  One faculty recommendation.

This scholarship is available to NIU students only.  Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to qualify for the scholarship:
  1. A completed application for an approved NIU Cosponsored study abroad program.  The program must be offered by an NIU approved study abroad provider.
  2. Junior or senior standing at the time of study abroad program application.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Academic accomplishments and study abroad application will be reviewed.
  5. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of study abroad program application.
  6. Students must be enrolled in a Cosponsored study abroad program.
  7. Encumbrances placed on a student’s records by Undergraduate Admissions, the Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Office of Student Conduct, Health Services, Parking Services, NIU Libraries, etc., must be cleared before a student can be granted admission to any study abroad program and be eligible for this scholarship.
  8. A student may receive this scholarship only once.

It is important that the following are adhered to when writing the required essay:

1.  Emphasize the ways in which the scholarship is the best opportunity to further your personal and professional goals. You need to be able to effectively include the scholarship into your life plans, showing that it builds upon past experiences and will contribute to further achievements.

2.  State your motivations for pursuing this study abroad program.

3. Emphasize your qualifications for the scholarship. Bring into focus those qualifications which are not immediately evident from an academic transcript. In identifying these aspects of your non-academic career and qualifications, also remember to explain how these distinctive achievements have prepared you to take advantage of the scholarship.

• To effectively write an application essay you should start early so it does not become a last-minute rush to meet the stated deadline. The time and effort spent will be most valuable as you will begin to clarify your goals and gain confidence in your ability to attain them.
• Revise your essay often.  Have others critique your work (advisor, professor, parents).
• CHECK GRAMMAR AND SPELLING.  Correct grammar and spelling will be taken into consideration.
• The essay must be typed.