Student success begins here

As I have said before, students are at the heart of everything we do here at SIU. Our mission to nurture student success means that we must provide unparalleled opportunity to explore all of the many academic, research and campus life activities our university has to offer. That means eliminating barriers and supporting our students in any way we can.

I take great pride in the many financial aid opportunities we offer to all of our students, as they make it possible for students from all backgrounds to obtain a world-class education at a major research institution.

But, I am particularly delighted by the wide variety of robust scholarship and assistantship programs made possible by the support of our amazing donors. These programs help students pay for their tuition and other direct costs, support innovative and interesting research and creative projects, and connect students with faculty and staff mentors to guide their education.

Chancellor’s Scholars shine bright

I am delighted every year to be involved with the pinnacle of these programs, the Chancellor’s Scholarship. Awarded each year to the most promising incoming freshmen and transfer students, these scholarships help students achieve their highest potential.

Nearly 400 students participated in the scholarship interview weekend earlier this year. The selections are based on the students’ ACT or SAT scores, academic credentials submitted at the time of admission, and personal interviews.

This year’s freshman and transfer recipients came from a variety of backgrounds and are entering a diverse selection of programs throughout the university, including accounting, aviation, chemistry, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering. They each bring something unique and special to SIU, and I am proud to call each of them a Saluki.

Opportunities available for varied interests

Scholarships are available for many programs, interests and goals and are awarded throughout the year. If you are a student or have been recently accepted for admission, please take a moment to view the many scholarships available and fill out our SIU General Scholarship Application.

Also, don’t forget about the numerous other types of financial aid we offer to help students achieve their dreams, including grants, assistantships and student employment.

In addition, our Saluki Cents program helps students manage their money, make smart financial decisions and prepare for their futures. Plan now to attend one of the many fall 2018 events.

Author: Carlo Montemagno

Carlo Montemagno is chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more about him at