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SIU First Scholars LogoThe First Scholars® program at SIU will not be taking applications for the upcoming year. Please direct questions or concerns to   

From the Dean of Students:

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to all students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Our Vision statement says, "We influence campus culture by fostering an inclusive, engaging learning environment..." One of our Values is Inclusivity, meaning, "We celebrate the unique and creative potential of every individual while positive spaces and conversations where everyone belongs."

On Monday, April 9, 2018 a threatening sign was found taped to a light pole. The university does not condone the messaging on the flyer. The sign was quickly removed by the Dean of Students Office and the Department of Public Safety. This one incident is currently being investigated and we expect all members of the campus community to be considerate and tolerant of the ideas of others. If you have any information concerning the sign/flyer please contact the Dean of Students office at 818-453-2461.

Thank you  

Jennifer Jones-Hall
Dean of Students


The First Scholars® program is open to first-time freshmen who are first-generation college students (neither parent has more than two years of education beyond high school and has not earned a post-secondary degree) who enroll full-time at SIU.

Twenty students were selected to participate in a comprehensive support program including academic, social, personal development and financial awards of $5,000 each academic year, half disbursed in the fall semester and half disbursed in the spring semester.  Students can receive the award for a total of 4 years if program requirements continue to be met.

This scholarship requires that the recipients live on campus within the First Scholars Living Learning Community for their first academic year and outside of the family home the following three academic years in order to renew the scholarship.

You can also contact the Program Coordinator, Cristina Castillo, at 618-453-1843 or e-mail at