In The Spotlight

One of the #ThousandsStrong: School of Music's David Maki, ’89

Maki developed many friendships and professional relationships at NIU that continue to this day.

One of the #ThousandsStrong: Financial Aid and Scholarship Director Anne Hardy, M.S. ’10

Hardy liked to donate to NIU where she can see an immediate positive impact.

One of the #ThousandsStrong: Associate Dean Beverly Henry, ’83

Henry supports the College of Health and Human Services through financial gifts, as well as her daily work.

Liz McSpadden, ’10, M.B.A. ’16, Gives Back to NIU Through Grace, Grit and Gratitude

McSpadden gives her time and talents to NIU, even as she goes through cancer treatments.

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Donor Stories

Always a Huskie: Sally Stevens extends her tradition of generosity

A generous estate gift from Sally Stevens will forevermore provide scholarships to countless students who have financial need.

A Helping Hand: Lori Richards and Ken Newbaker Establish Scholarship

A generous gift from Lori Richards and Ken Newbaker provides scholarships to students who have financial need.

Alumni Strengthen NIU Ties Through Scholarships

A pair of Northern Illinois University alumni who lived at the same time on opposite sides of Huskie Stadium—but never crossed paths—are proof that it’s never too late to forge strong ties that benefit the NIU community.
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Student Stories

Unleashing a Passion to Help Others: Krista Ekberg, NIU Foundation Impact Scholar

Recent graduate, Krista Ekberg, reflects on how the scholarship she received from the NIU Foundation helped to unleash her passion for research and psychology.

The Heart to Care and Knowledge to Help: DaQuan Russell-Watts, NIU Foundation Impact Scholar

Anthropology major, DaQuan Russell-Watts, was born with a natural curiosity. The scholarship he received from the NIU Foundation is helping to Unleash his curiosity.

Talon Diaz

Anthropology major, Talon Diaz, dreams of working as a cultural resource management anthropologist. The scholarship he received from the NIU Foundation is helping those dreams become a reality.
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