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Project Graduate

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
61 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on June 01, at 11:59 PM CDT
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Project Graduate

A marathon, not a sprint: Help our students to complete the race.

Supporting Project Graduate is like giving cold water to runners in need of one last dose of stamina and encouragement.

At NIU, our mission of “Your Future. Our Focus.” is more than a statement. We are proud to deliver on that promise by welcoming great numbers of first-generation college students (54.2%) and students from lower-income (50.2% are Pell-eligible).

We know that many struggle to pay for college while balancing personal expenses and family responsibilities. We also know that, for many of our licensure students, financial hardships mount during their student-teaching semesters when some give up other jobs or drastically reduce their hours to fulfill the requirements of our partner school districts. Similar issues arise for our non-licensures students as they complete internships or capstone projects.

Your generosity can reduce this stress and remove these obstacles.

Why is this important?

Each year, hundreds of Huskies are nearing the final leg of their journeys. Based on our student profile, we know that about half might need financial help – and their communications with us confirm that.

  • Some need to pause – “stop out” – their education to work to save enough money to complete their degrees.
  • Some need new tires on their cars, or help with gas money, to drive to their placements.
  • Some need money to pay for the licensure exams required by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Some need tuition assistance.
  • Some need help purchasing reliable technology devices to connect to the electronic platforms of the host districts or intern sites.
  • Some need help with child care.

How will Project Graduate advance this cause?

Currently, NIU’s Annual Fund telephone campaign is the only source for our hardship scholarships as they come into the college as unrestricted dollars.

We’re also unable to determine how many of students drop out because of financial need without letting us know their “why” – or whether they were aware that local help was available.

If we build an endowed fund of $1 million, we potentially could generate $40,000 per year to award $500 scholarships to 80 students each year.

Choose a giving level


Part of the Pack

Be a Part of the NIU Pack! Little things can make the big difference, your $10 donation can support students with the essentials that can help the most as they are working towards their goal of graduation.


Support a Huskie

At this level, Huskies can fill the gas tank to drive to their student teaching, early field experiences, or class. This support is critical support that and an essential resource that many of us take for granted.


Contribute to the PAWS

Your "PAWS"-itive contribution with $50 Huskies can use to purchase a book, or buy materials for classes--or buy some groceries!


Make an Impact

What would our students do with $100? Huskies use it to support their learning by keeping the lights on and the wifi available so they can attend and be successful in their virtual classes.


Finish the Mission

Often students have small tuition expenses they need to reconcile before their can register for their final classes. A donation at this level can dramatically help our Huskies take that giant step forward toward graduation.


#HuskiePride Champion

Often students have larger financial hardships they need help with before their can register for their final classes. A donation at this level can dramatically help our Huskies take that giant step forward toward graduation.

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