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Robert G. Bone Scholarship

Being designated a Bone Scholar is the highest honor an Illinois State University undergraduate student can receive. Bone Scholars receive a scholarship, commemorative medallion, and are recognized in a display in the Bone Student Center. Scholars are also formally recognized at a luncheon and at Commencement.

Students are nominated by their Department/School to apply for the scholarship, generally in the junior year.

2024-2025 Application Process

Scholarship Eligibility

Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher at the time of nomination.
  • Have attended Illinois State University for at least four semesters (excluding summer) by June 2024.
  • Anticipate graduating no earlier than December 2024, and no later than August 2025.
  • Be an undergraduate student at Illinois State during the Fall 2024 semester.

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

Bone Scholars are students who combine broad and excellent academic achievement with campus and community engagement. They are expected to have shown outstanding qualities of character and leadership. A selection committee carefully reviews the submitted applications and makes awards based on the following considerations:

  • The breadth, diversity, and quality of nominees' academic work.
  • The type and extent of activities in which nominees have been involved, both in the university and the community.
  • Nominees' personal qualities including dependability, cooperation, initiative, and other criteria determined by the committee.

Bone Scholarship winners will be announced as soon as they are selected, usually in early May.

Nomination Form

Nominations will be submitted via an online form. A link to this form was included in the nomination materials sent to Deans, Department Chairs/School Directors, and Honors Liaisons. Please contact Julie Brooks for more information.

Nomination forms, including 2 nomination letters, should be submitted by 5 pm on Thursday, February 1, 2024. Please review the Guidance for Nomination Letters document.

Information for Nominees

The application deadline is 4:30 pm on Friday, March 1, 2024. Applications will be submitted online. The link for submissions is included in the email students receive notifying them of their nomination. Please contact Julie Brooks for assistance.

Nominees should provide the Guidance for Letters of Recommendation document to the references who have been asked to submit a letter of recommendation.

Nominees for 2024-2025 Bone Scholarships are invited to attend an optional workshop to review the application process. Attendance is encouraged, though not required. Students can review the workshop presentation for more information or if they were unable to attend.

The workshops will be held in the Honors Program Building and will be offered at the following times. 

  • Wednesday, February 7 at 4 - 5 pm
  • Thursday, February 8 at 4 - 5 pm
  • Friday, February 9 at 2 - 3 pm

Nominees are asked to register to reserve a space in one of the optional workshops.

Past Scholars