College Student Personnel program

Finances

Graduate Assisantships

The CSP program offers more than 45 graduate assistantship opportunities in nearly 20 offices on campus. As a full-time assistant, you work 20 hours per week and receive a monthly stipend and waiver of tuition. The current graduate assistant stipend amount is $943 per month or $7,544 per academic year (pre-tax). Graduate assistantships in University Housing and Dining Services additionally offer room and board benefits.

Scholarships

Through the generous donations of alumni, the CSP program offers annual (non-renewable) scholarships to current graduate students enrolled in the major ranging from $200-$500.

Nell Glynn Koester Scholarship

Western Illinois University lost a very good friend and wonderful human being when Nell Koester passed away on August 26, 1989. Her dedication, commitment to helping others, and sincere love of life as a faculty member, dean of women, director of student personnel services, and associate vice president for student affairs at WIU is greatly missed by all who knew her. Nell was particularly supportive and instrumental in helping develop the College Student Personnel graduate program at the University. She played a major role in forging a positive working relationship between the academic department and the Division of Student Serves, as she believed that practical experience is an integral part of the graduate education. Thus, in an effort to recognize and remember Nell for all that she gave to the members of the WIU community and to see to it that her legacy lives on, and endowed scholarship fund has been named in her honor. Nell's friends and colleagues have established the Nell Glynn Koester Memorial Scholarship to be presented to a CSP: Student Affairs student at WIU in the first year of the studies who exemplifies the high ethical standards and ideals that Nell so consistently demonstrated in her teaching and professional performance.

College Student Personnel Multicultural Scholarship

The CSP Multicultural Scholarship was established in 2010 by an alumna of the program. It is awarded to CSP: Student Affairs students who have lived as or displayed significant commitment and/or potential to positively impact non-traditional, underserved, and minority communities within higher education with respect to social justice, multiculturalism, diversity, or faith.

Dea Forney Alumni Scholarship

The College Student Personnel Alumni Scholarship was established in the fall of 1999 at Western Illinois University. The name was amended in 2011 to reflect the service of Professor Dr. Dea Forney upon her retirement. This scholarship is awarded to student in both the Student Affairs and Higher Education Leadership tracks who demonstrate exceptional potential as professionals in the field of student affairs through scholarship, leadership, and service.

Class Gift Scholarship

The College Student Personnel program graduates of the 2016 established the Class Gift Scholarship to recognize the a member of the CSP: Student Affairs first-year cohort who demostrates exceptional potential as a professional in the field of student affairs through scholarship, leadership, and service to WIU and the CSP community.