Dual Degree Program (DDP) Scholarship Application

    The GSU Promise Scholarship, DDP Honors Scholarship, and DDP Chicago STAR Scholars Scholarship are all competitive and awarded annually based on transfer term. Students currently enrolled in the Dual Degree Program at one of our 17 community college partners, are encouraged to apply for all DDP scholarships they are eligible for.  Students must apply for a DDP scholarship during their final, graduating term of their associate's degree (term prior to anticipated transfer.)  The DDP scholarships are renewable for up to two years (four semesters, excluding summers.)  See individual award details below for additional eligibility criteria.

    Students are encouraged to see their designated DDP Transfer Specialist for more details and for helpful feedback while compiling one's application materials!

    Application Deadlines
    Based on intended transfer to Governors State University:
    • Spring 2022: October 21, 2021
    • Fall 2022: February 24, 2022
    • Spring 2023: October 6, 2022
    • Fall 2023: February 23, 2023

    Application Criteria
    The following are required for all three DDP scholarships:

    ·        Must be a current participant in the GSU Dual Degree Program (must have enrolled in DDP the semester prior to the current scholarship application term).

    ·        Must have met with DDP Transfer Specialist each semester as required by DDP, and enrolled full-time up through final semester at community college.

    ·        Must complete an associate degree from a DDP partner community college prior to transfer.

    ·        Plan to enroll full-time at GSU in the fall or spring semester immediately following completion of associate degree.

    ·        First time transfer students only (must not have previously attended GSU).

    Recipient Responsibilities

    During the duration of the award at GSU, scholarship recipients must:

    ·        Enroll full-time -- a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours – each semester (exception for final semester, so long as all graduation requirements are being met.)

    ·        Every semester, submit a statement that describes your active participation in the GSU community (i.e. DDP activities, student clubs, programs, committees, community service, etc.) and/or your local community (ongoing volunteerism, service projects, etc.).

    ·        The scholarship ends after four (4) semesters (excluding summers) or at the completion of the recipient’s bachelor’s degree program, whichever comes first.

    ·        Failure to meet any of the above obligations may result in termination of the recipient's scholarship.

    Application Procedures

    All of the following materials must be submitted by the deadline above:

    ·        Apply for admission to Governors State University.

    ·        Complete and submit the form below, along with a personal statement that is no more than three (3) double spaced, type-written pages describing the following: (a) Your academic/professional experience and goals and how receiving this scholarship will help you achieve those goals, and (b) Your community service, extracurricular activities, and leadership skills and experience.

    ·        Request two DDP Scholarship Recommendation Forms to be completed by community college advisors, counselors, faculty members, staff members, or administrators, who are knowledgeable about your academic potential and professional character. Forms must be submitted (by the recommender) by the deadline above. If more than two Recommendation Forms are submitted, only the first two received will be reviewed. 

    ·        Complete the FAFSA online for the respective academic year of transfer, and include GSU's Financial Aid code (009145) in the list of anticipated institutions. FAFSA results must be retrievable by GSU within two weeks after application deadline. Regardless of DDP scholarship one is applying for, completion of the FAFSA is still required. If not eligible to complete the FAFSA, please see a DDP Transfer Specialist for alternatives such as the Rise Act/Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid

    ·        Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Official transcripts can be submitted electronically (apotranscripts@govst.edu), or by mail (Governors State University, Office of Admissions, 1 University Parkway, University Park IL 60484).


    Students must include their social security number on GSU’s secure admissions application in order for FAFSA information to be retrieved and Pell eligibility to be verified on time. If one's FAFSA is selected for verification by GSU’s Office of Financial Aid, they will have two weeks to submit all required documentation.

    Illinois Dreamers and undocumented students are eligible to apply for the DDP Honors and/or DDP Chicago STAR Scholars Scholarships. Dreamers and undocumented applicants are NOT advised to complete the FAFSA. An Illinois Residency Affidavit will be required in place of the FAFSA if awarded.

    Questions?  Contact DDP at dualdegree@govst.edu or (708) 534-4494