In The Spotlight

Chuck Farinella, ’86, Credits NIU, Dogged Determination for Success

As owner of Beach for Dogs in Downers Grove, Illinois, the Farinellas help countless pet parents!

Volunteer Spotlight: Natalie Dmitruk, ’21, Feels 'Strong Bonds' at NIU

As a biomedical engineer, she volunteers her time at open houses, helping prospective engineering students.

NIU Launches Career of Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Vicky Baftiri, ’03, M.S. ’05

Baftiri is a supervising producer of the WGN Evening News at 6 p.m.

Lukas Bonnen, ’17, M.S.Ed. ’18, Takes Control at M-Wave Controls

Bonnen credits NIU's expert faculty teaching him to approach problems carefully and critically.

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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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