This scholarship opportunity will give one incoming first-semester freshmen student the chance to share their first-semester experiences through the completion of weekly blog posts. Students qualified for this position will have excellent writing skills and a desire to share their experiences with the NIU community. The student selected for this position will be expected to post weekly blogs describing their experiences as they make their transition to NIU. Posts will include experiences and thoughts related to their personal, academic, and social development during their first-semester at Northern Illinois University. At minimum, the student will write sixteen blog posts reflecting their first-semester experience and submit them to FSYE staff prior to publishing. The student will receive a scholarship totaling $500 for the fall semester, paid in monthly installments. The student can use this money towards any charges on their student account, including tuition and books.
In support of the academic mission of the university, First- and Second-Year Experience (FSYE) aims to help all freshmen and transfer students effectively transition to Northern Illinois University. Through student-centered programs, courses and collaborative partnerships with faculty and staff, First-Year Experience strives to enhance students' academic achievement, to increase the likelihood of students persisting to graduation, and to help students integrate into the academic and social communities on NIU's campus.
 Be first-semester freshmen student;
 Positive attitude and enthusiasm for starting school at NIU;
 Awareness and appreciation of diversity in all its forms;
 Interest in sharing experiences, thoughts, and feelings in a public manner;
 Commitment to writing and submitting a blog post once per week for the duration of the fall 2014 semester;
 Currently enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 semester hours) as a first-semester freshman student for fall 2014.
 Construct a blog post, according to guidelines provided by FSYE, once per week regarding life experiences as a first-year student at NIU;
 Be a positive role model and representative of NIU;
 Connect weekly with supervisor regarding blog ideas;
 Submit all blog posts on time;
 Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above in all NIU coursework;
 Remain in good academic standing and judicial university standing at all times. *Scholarship will be revoked if the student fails to maintain these eligibility requirements.*
 Gain significant experience with writing for social media;
 Develop professional relationships with NIU staff;
 Opportunity to interview for a paid position with the First- and Second-Year Student Success Team for the semester following fall 2014;
 Receive a scholarship totaling $500 to be used for any charges on a student account, including tuition and books.
Completed applications must be returned to First- and Second-Year Experience by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014. There are five ways to submit your application:
1. E-mail your application to;
2. Send it through the mail;
3. Drop it off at: Altgeld Hall, Room 100 First- and Second-Year Experience Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL 60115;
4. Fax it to (815)753-0711; or
5. Finish this form online now.
For any additional questions please contact:
Kelsey Ward, Graduate Assistant First- and Second-Year Experience, 815-753-0028,
Kelly Smith, Assistant Director First- and Second-Year Experience, Office phone: 815-753-0028;
or Denise Rode, Director First- and Second-Year Experience, 815-753-0028; E-mail:
Position is contingent on available funding. Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer Divison of Academic Affairs
Part I: General Information
Part II: Educational Information
Part III Academic Record & Extra Curricular Activities
Part IV: One Page Mock Blog Post
Submit a one-page mock blog post following ONE of the prompts below using 12-point, Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1-inch margins, and proper spelling and grammar.
1) Create a mock blog describing your current outlook regarding begining school at NIU in fall 2014. What are you most excited and/or nervous about regarding being an NIU Huskie? You may include, but are not limited to, feelings and experiences regarding orientation, registration, communication with a roommate, taking classes, interactions with professors, finding your way around campus, and/or move-in day. (one page)
2) Go to and browse the various organizations and clubs offered at NIU. After reading some of the descriptions, choose three organizations (academic or social) and write about why you might like to be involved with one or more of these organizations in the fall. Include your thoughts and feelings regarding getting involved at NIU. (one page)

I have read everything in this application packet and have a complete understanding of its contents. I affirm that the information which I have provided on this application form and all other materials for the First-Year Blogging Scholorship is complete, accurate, and true to the best of my knowledge. I hereby give approval to the NIU First- and Second-Year Experience to check my academic and student conduct records and understand that this information will only be used in the First-Year Blogging Scholorship selection process.
This application packet must be returned to First-and Second- Year Experience by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014.
Applications will be accepted via e-mail at, fax at (815)753-0711, online, and in person or mail at:
Altgeld Hall, Room 100
First- and Second-Year Experience
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL 60115
For any additional questions please contact: Kelsey Ward, Graduate Assistant First- and Second-Year Experience or Kelly Smith, Assistant Director First- and Second-Year Experience by phone at 815-753-0028, e-mail at, or in-person at Altgeld, Room 100.
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