In The Spotlight

‘Thousands Strong’ Celebrates Huskie Pride, Raises Over $2 Million for Students

Fourteen challenge and matching gifts were established to encourage giving, led by a $400,000 gift donated by John and Anne Landgraf, which was unlocked when the University reached 2,000 gifts.

David Spoehr, ’02, Gets Creative with Chicago-Based Design Company Monroestar

“Web design and development is constantly changing, so the learning never stops,” Spoehr said.

Cameron Barnes, ’14, ‘Helps the Helpers’ Through Taproot Foundation Work

In Barnes’ role as Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships, he engages foundations in increasing awareness of and access to pro bono services among their grantees.

Robert Eickhoff, ’78, Honors NIU Veterans Through Scholarship Fund

The Eickhoff Family Veteran Scholarship provides emergency relief, scholarship support and support for living expenses for full-time veteran students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree.

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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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