In The Spotlight

Non-Traditional Student Diana Estell, ’07, Makes Fantasy Dream a Reality

Estell's love of fiction writing grew from her anthropological studies.

JobsPLUS Connections Benefit Students and Alumni Volunteers

The program aims to create a new network designed to expand access to opportunity for NIU students by increasing what they know and expanding who they know.

Dave Rich, ’19, Named Advocate Sherman Hospital’s 2020 ​​​​​​​'Nurse of the Year'

At Advocate Sherman, Rich participated in the hospital’s nursing residency program and took part in an evidence-based practice fellowship. 

New Graduate Jake Walker, ’19, Fulfills Dream as Elementary Band Director

Walker says his teaching style is attributed to the outstanding educators who taught him at NIU.

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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.

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.
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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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