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NLU Receives $30,000 in Scholarships From Mexico Consul, IME, Juntos Podemos Students Of Mexican heritage will be able to apply for scholarships

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Dr. Ignacio Lopez, from left, Monica Haydee Ramos, NLU-IME scholars 2014-2015 Itzel Hernandez, Claudia Moreno, Mitxi Ortiz and David Rios pose with a check indicating the total amount IME awarded to local universities. NLU received $30,000.

Students of Mexican heritage will soon be apply to apply for $30,000 in new scholarship money for their undergraduate studies.

The Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, the Institute of Mexicans Abroad and Juntos Podemos (Together We Can) have awarded National Louis University the financial support, to be used for scholarships benefiting students who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Dreamers.

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Mayor Emanuel Honors NLU for Awarding Up To $9,000 in Star Scholarships NLU is offering merit-based aid to CPS grads who complete City Colleges

 

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Aarti Dhupelia, National Louis University’s VP of Strategic Initiatives, greets Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the mayor’s Nov. 5 ceremony honoring universities participating in the Star Scholarship program.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invited representatives from National Louis University and 11 other Chicago universities to a Nov. 5 ceremony he said heralded a great future for young Chicagoans who graduate from a Chicago Public Schools high school and then go on to complete their associate (two-year) degrees at Chicago City Colleges.

In the Star Scholars program, 12 universities, including National Louis, will offer them scholarships to complete their bachelor’s (four-year) degrees. Continue reading »

Apply for $4,000 Scholarship for Making a Difference Encourages students to lead generous, purpose-driven lives

 

handofheartsmulticolorStudents who have volunteered, made a difference in their communities, or are leading a purpose-driven life or working toward one, are encouraged to apply for a $4,000 scholarship from the Fathom Fund for Purpose-Driven Students.

To apply, you must:

  • Be a full-time college student or incoming freshman.
  • Impact your community for the greater good.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Include a resume-style list of community- and impact-focused activities.
  • Include one letter of recommendation from a non-relative.
  • Provide one non-relative reference.
  • Provide a copy of your most recent transcripts. (Freshmen may use high school transcripts.)
  • Write a 500- to 1,000-word essay sharing your story. Please include:
    • The origins of your desire to make a difference
    • Your motivations for impacting your community
    • Adversities you’ve faced throughout the process
    • Your goals for the future

Apply for the 2015-16 academic year scholarship by the deadline: September 30, 2015

Please see this link for more information.

The scholarship is provided by Fathom Education, which provides consulting for National Louis University’s website. Fathom is encouraging young people to lead generous and purposeful lives.

Washington Monthly ranks NLU Among Top Best-Value Midwestern Universities It ranks colleges based on net price, graduation rates and success

 

wm_other_cg_cover_2Washington Monthly’s “The Other College Guide” has given NLU a score of 10, out of a possible 14, on its list of Best Bang for the Buck –Midwest Rankings list. Only 18 colleges, out of 403, earned higher scores. NLU’s actual rank was 43 out of 403.

The guide uses the ratings of Washington Monthly, an independent, non-profit news magazine that offers in-depth news articles on Washington government and politics as well as higher education. According to “The Other College Guide,” it ranks schools in the Midwest as to the best value for students based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well schools do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

You can view the rankings here. 

 

Former White House Staffer to Speak at NLU’s First Latino Family Conference Latino Families Invited to ‘Familias En Educación’ April 18

Hispanicgradandfamily¡Vamos a la Universidad! ¡Si, se puede!

Yes, you can go to college!

Come find out how to obtain grant and scholarship money for yourself, or your child, to attend college when National Louis University sponsors its first annual Latino Family Conference, “Familias en Educación,” on Saturday, April 18.

Las presentaciones e información serán in Español.  Presentations and information will be in Spanish.

Lunch and refreshments for the family will be provided at this free event, and there will be supervision for children younger than high school age.

Jose Rico, former executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and a National Louis University alum, will speak about why it’s so important for Latinos to attend college, and how a degree will open up opportunities.

You can also learn about the demand in the marketplace for educated Hispanic professionals, how parents can help students with their studies, and how to finance a university education, including grants and scholarships.

Please RSVP to Monica.Ramos@nl.edu or telephone 312-261-3064, so we may prepare the correct amount of food.

The event will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at National Louis University’s Wheeling Campus, 1000 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, Ill., in the first-floor Public Forum Room.

Mexican Government Grants NLU $15,000 in Scholarships More than 25 students have received scholarships since 2010

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NLU staff, students and friends attended the scholarship presentation at the Mexican consulate. They included, from left, Margaret Stemler, Ed.D., Dulce Coronado, Juliana Alejandre, Maria del Socorro Ramirez, Monica Ramos, M.A., Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., and Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D.

Students from Mexico or of Mexican descent will be able to apply for $15,000 in new scholarship money from a grant awarded to National Louis University by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (Instituto Mexicano para l’Externo or IME in Spanish).

Last year, 15 NLU students received scholarships provided by a grant from the Institute. On Dec. 4, one of them, Dulce Coronado, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, told an audience of diplomats and educators how much it meant to her during a press conference at the Mexican consulate.

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Dulce Coronado, an early childhood education student at NLU, told consular officials how much it meant to her to receive an IME BECA scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s not about the money, money, money … … … well, actually it is

keep-calm-and-file-fafsaYou’ve probably had a barrage of communications already, but I’m going to use my little bloggy platform to remind you about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You probably know it by its catchier nickname, FAFSA. Other than your degree finalization request, which I blogged about in December, the FAFSA may be the most important form you fill out during your college career.

More than 75 percent of degree-seeking NLU students receive some form of financial aid to help pay for their education, and the FAFSA is the basis for all of it. If you plan to take classes in summer 2014 or anytime during the 2014-2015 school year, fill out your FAFSA now! Yes, I’m exclaiming at you! I might even resort to SHOUTY ALL CAPS. It’s that important.

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Top 4 budgeting tips for student veterans

shutterstock_65639707Steve Goodwin, military veteran and Vice President and Senior Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley in Chicago — as well as a Chairman of the National Louis University Veteran’s Program Advisory Council — recently shared important budgeting tips for student veterans to keep in mind.

Military veterans have many transitions to make, including pursuing a college degree, when they return from active duty. Following a sound budgeting process can help to make the financial transition smoother, as well as identifying a military-friendly college or university. Below are some important steps to keep in mind for veterans returning to school.

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NLU recognized for affordable online programs

affordable-online-colleges-bigAffordable Colleges Online recently recognized National Louis University for its broad range of online learning options at an affordable price, granting the University a place on its “Online Colleges in Illinois that Win on Affordability” list.

NLU currently offers online options for nine of its programs across all three of its colleges, at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Learn more here.