Endowed Funds

An 'endowed fund' is like an institutional 'savings account,' where earnings derived from the fund are used to support NIU student scholarships and academic programs. The principal balance remains invested and is preserved in perpetuity. For this reason, gifts to endowments have a special and long-term positive impact on Northern.

You may choose to create an endowment in memory, or in honor, of a loved one; support an existing endowment; or establish a special purpose endowment to fit your personal goals. Whether you start a new endowment or build the value of an established fund, you are contributing to the educational enrichment of NIU students now and into the future.

Carl W. Cicero Memorial Fund

This fund was established in the memory of Carl W. Cicero, Class of 1984.  Mr. Cicero was a member of the first team to win the NIU Moot Court Competition.  The fund was established to provide financial support for the Moot Court Competition.

Clover Family Fund

This endowment was established to honor the commitment of community involvement and leadership of Clover family members.  The fund supports a cash award for a graduating student who has provided the highest number of legal volunteer hours during his or her law school career.

DeGunther Endowed Scholarship Fund

This fund was created to honor the memory of Richard N. DeGunther.  Mr. DeGunther was a Federal Bankruptcy Judge in the Western Division of the Northern District of Illinois and an adjunct faculty member at the College of Law.  The fund provides scholarships to incoming students who are academically gifted and for continuing law students who demonstrate exceptional academic merit.

E.J. “Zeke” Giorgi Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was created to honor the memory of E.J. “Zeke” Giorgi, a member of the Illinois State Legislature from Rockford.  Mr. Giorgi was instrumental in bringing the law school to Northern Illinois University.  The fund provides three-year scholarships to academically gifted students who have demonstrated a commitment to public interest law.

Gordon B. Shneider Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in honor of Professor Emeritus Gordon B. Shneider's twenty-nine years of service to legal education.

Justice Thurgood Marshall Fund

This fund was created to honor the memory of Justice Thurgood Marshall.  The fund supports a graduation award which is given to a graduating student whose educational performance, extracurricular activities, or community service best epitomizes Justice Marshall’s deep understanding and commitment to equal justice under law, his dedication to the rule of law in a just society, and his use of the law as an instrument of social change.

Francis Mays Memorial Fund

This fund, established in honor of a distinguished member of the DeKalb County Bar, is awarded to the member of the graduating class who has outstanding achievement in those courses which focus on criminal law, procedure, and evidence.

Brian E. and Tamra A. McGough Fund

This fund supports a graduation award which is given to the member of the graduating class who had done the most outstanding work in the corporate sequence of courses.

Brewster Parker Memorial Fund

This fund was established to honor the memory of Brewster Parker, a distinguished member of the Illinois Bar and former chair of the Illinois Board of Trustees.  The fund supports a graduation award which is presented to a member of the graduating class who has outstanding achievement in courses focusing on property, real estate and land use law.

Francis X. Riley Fund

This fund was established to honor Francis X. Riley, a founding faculty member of the College of Law.  The fund provides funding for the annual Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism.