In The Spotlight

Andy Carrigan, ’16, Leads Digital News Team at WREX in Rockford

Carrigan "tells stories and gives a voice to the voiceless" through his work.

Bill Hannah, M.P.A. ’96, Named Director of Finance for the City of St. Charles, Illinois

Hannah has served communities in Northern Illinois for nearly 30 years, and he still looks forward to finding the best solutions to issues.

First-Generation Huskie Pam Diaz, ’90, Champions Opportunity and Diversity as Entara CEO

NIU prepared Diaz with the technical knowledge she needed to succeed as a leader.

Rhiannon Gurley, ’02, Brings Local Community Together Through Art

As a community art organizer, Gurley has found success. She credits hard-nosed NIU profs for sharing all their knowledge.

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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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