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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.

Gil Ankenbauer on giving back to the department that gave him so much

When reflecting on his life, Gil Ankenbauer identifies his time at NIU as transformational in more ways than one.

Amber Sayles: A Scholarship in Action

As a single mother, full-time honors student, community volunteer and part-time paramedic, Amber Sayles relies on her relentless determination, time management skills and hard-earned scholarships to help her on her path to success.

Nehal Hindi: A Scholarship in Action

Motivated by her experiences with social injustice and discrimination, recent graduate Nehal Hindi came to NIU to study law and become an advocate for herself and others.

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Gil Ankenbauer on giving back to the department that gave him so much

When reflecting on his life, Gil Ankenbauer identifies his time at NIU as transformational in more ways than one.

Hard-working students and a belief in NIU inspire Cathy Doederlein to give back

As the daughter of two NIU professors, Cathy Doederlein grew up on the DeKalb campus. At the time, she had no way of knowing that her experiences as a child would inspire her lifelong commitment to NIU.

Arthur and Sue Doederlein Give Back To The Place They Called Home For More Than 45 Years

Inspired by the impact scholarships made in their lives, two NIU emeriti professors are paying it forward
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Student Stories

Amber Sayles: A Scholarship in Action

As a single mother, full-time honors student, community volunteer and part-time paramedic, Amber Sayles relies on her relentless determination, time management skills and hard-earned scholarships to help her on her path to success.

Louie Zmich

Thoughtful marketing major, Louie Zmich, dreams of becoming a business teacher. Thanks to the inspiration he’s gleaned from successful alumni, he’s well on his way.

Nehal Hindi: A Scholarship in Action

Motivated by her experiences with social injustice and discrimination, recent graduate Nehal Hindi came to NIU to study law and become an advocate for herself and others.
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