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Fanny Ruth Patterson Scholarship Winners Humbled by Award, Ready to Reach Goals

The BAC has given tens of thousands of dollars in Patterson scholarships, named for the first black student to graduate from NIU.

JobsPLUS Email Communications Activity Helps Students Develop Professional Skills

Students connected with assigned alumni mentors who coached their email writing.

First-Generation Student Daniil Krimer, M.F.A. ’19, Grows Kane Repertory Theatre

As artistic director, Krimer's creativity has allowed for new opportunities at a challenging time.

NIU's Lavender Graduation to Honor Past, Current LGBTQ+ Students

Alumni can support graduates through participating as virtual audience members.

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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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