College of Business Sees Continued Increase in Scholarships
Contributor: Lia Kizilbash Gillet

NIU Business students today will find more scholarship opportunities in the College of Business than in years past. All because of YOU—our generous alumni community. Anthony D'Andrea, Director of Development at NIU's College of Business, shares, "Year after year we add more scholarships to our roster to offer business students. It's a win-win for our alumni and students. Alumni value scholarships for the impact they make. Scholarships provide them with a meaningful way to give back and even to honor someone who made a difference in their own lives. Students hear these stories and learn firsthand what motivates alumni to help them. The students truly come to understand the real significance of receiving such a valuable gift."

At the college level, there are over one hundred named scholarships, and within each department there are multiple scholarships available. The Department of Accountancy is a leader in establishing named scholarships for their students. Department Chair, Jim Young, says, "I couldn't be prouder of the commitments made by our alumni in awarding student scholarships each year. It's a true testament to the value they place on their NIU education and their desire to reach back and help our current students. And, they are teaching our current students to do the same after they graduate." Each department holds an award ceremony for the scholarship recipients and their families. It's the perfect time for individuals funding scholarships to interact with student recipients.

2013 NIU graduate Michael Cahill had plans to attend another school until he received a scholarship. Read the full story to see what changed his mind.

NIU's College of Business genuinely thanks all individuals, organizations, and businesses that work hard each year to provide scholarships and thereby make a profound impact in the lives of students.

Learn more about NIU College of Business scholarships.

Scholarships for All Reasons: It's Not Always About the Money
Contributor: Cassandra Young

During his last year as a College of Business marketing student, Corey Kravitz applied for the Outstanding Sales Student Scholarship to help pay off some of his college debt. He was pleased to hear that he was awarded the scholarship and was grateful to apply the money towards his educational bills. What he didn't expect was the additional benefit he received when told the news: he felt valued and appreciated. The scholarship's impact on Corey helped carry him through his final year at NIU. When Corey graduated in 2012 and started working, he decided it was time to give back. With the help and support of his wife, Katie, (an NIU alumna) and mother (Rhonda Fried) - his lifetime support - Corey established his own scholarship.

Read about Corey's inspiration to create the Dr. Robert Peterson Scholarship.

Create your unique scholarship. Contact Anthony D'Andrea at or (815) 753-1736.

Creating Your Own Scholarship - Four Common Misconceptions
Contributor: Lia Kizilbash Gillet

Scholarships provide vitally important resources to assist students who might not otherwise be able to attend college, help the College of Business to recruit the best and the brightest students, and enhance the quality of our academic programs.

Have questions or interested in discussing your options? Contact Anthony D'Andrea at or (815) 753-1736.

Scholarship Recipients Express Gratitude to Donors
Contributor: Lia Kizilbash Gillet

Three different College of Business students, receiving different scholarships, from different backgrounds and experiences, all share the same emotions...gratitude and hope. And they believe that with hard work, anything is possible.

Shondell Coleman sees attending college as a tremendous blessing. He is the first member of his family to attend college and dreams of a better life. He came to NIU fully charged and ready to go with a long list of goals to accomplish: get involved, network, and take advantage of the resources NIU offers. Grateful for his experiences, Shondell has developed significant skills and gained many role models. As a child, his role model was a single mother raising four kids.

Without any family financial assistance, Shondell found many scholarship opportunities, which allowed him to stay in school. "Scholarships have meant so much to me," he says, "they gave me hope. They reduced my stress and brought focus to my education. I am so grateful."

Shondell had the chance to meet many alumni that give back and support scholarships. "I understand why they give back, because not only has NIU shaped them into the person they are today, but deep down in their hearts they want to help another student succeed. I am honored to be one of those students. Years from now I can do the same. I give my blessings to NIU alumni because of what they have done for me and other students. Giving back can change another person's life, as it has mine."

Shondell graduates in May 2014, with a bachelor degree in Leadership & Management, and a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship. Scholarships have funded 100% of his education.

Read entire story to hear from NIU Business scholarship recipients Mary Ellen Walter and Christian Villalobos. Find out what brought them hope and gratitude.

Students like Shondell, Mary Ellen, and Christian hold their scholarships with honor and pride. They understand that their scholarships helped them avoid the post-college debt many students endure. Each morning they feel a little less stress and a lot more energized to go about their day— focusing on achievement. Students like these make College of Business donors, alumni, faculty, and fellow students proud.

Have a story to share as a former student scholar or current donor? Submit your story to be considered for a future newsletter to You will be contacted about your submission prior to it being published.


Vol. 3, Issue 2          February  2014


February 13, 2014
Leading Change and Innovation through Human Capital
NIU Naperville
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February 24, 2014
The Business of College Sports
NIU Hoffman Estates Campus

March 3, 2014
Careers with a CAUSE

March 3, 2014
Executives In Residence
Mike McGrath
"Distribution in the Auto Industry"

March 6, 2014
Cindy Crocker Program for Emerging Business Leaders
Invitation only

March 7, 2014
Executives In Residence
John Larson
"Marketing at General Motors and Escort"

April 4, 2014
Social Impact Summit
Barsema Alumni & Visitor’s Center, DeKalb

April 18, 2014
Finance Scholarship Luncheon
Special Guest Matt Gerdes, Alumni Award Recipient
Invitation only

April 22, 2014
SpearMC Consulting Business Social
Rosemont, IL

May 2, 2014
Alumni Luncheon
Harry Caray's, Lombard

Events subject to change.

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