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  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: NIU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 03/01/2024
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.

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Program Description:

The Clara Sperling Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Miss Clara Sperling who served as secretary to three NIU presidents, including 19 years to Leslie Holmes.
The Division of International Programs, through its Study Abroad Office, established the Clara Sperling Scholarship Fund.  This award assists NIU students participating in an approved NIU Administered (faculty directed) study abroad program during the summer.  Scholarships are available based on donations received annually to support this scholarship.  Scholarships may not be available every summer.

2024 Award
Summer 2024 – One $500 scholarship available

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

Applicants must submit the following items by the deadline:

1) NIU Study Abroad Application:  Applicants must have completed an application to participate in an NIU Administered summer study abroad program. 
2) Clara Sperling Online Scholarship Application: Applicants must have completed the online application before midnight on the deadline.
3) Recommendation:  One faculty recommendation.

Complete the online application and follow the instructions to request a faculty recommendation to be submitted online.

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.

This scholarship is available to NIU students only.  Applicants must meet program following eligibility requirements in order to qualify for the scholarship:

1.  A completed application for an NIU Administered summer study abroad program.  The program must be directed by an NIU faculty member.

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 who transfer to Northern Illinois University must have successfully completed and received grades for at least one full semester at NIU before they are eligible to participate in a study abroad program or apply for this scholarship.

7.  Students must be enrolled full-time while participating in an NIU Administered summer study abroad program.

8.  Encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU; e.g., by Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, 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.

9.  A student may receive this scholarship only once.

This program is currently not accepting applications.