NIU Business Scholarships
David & Diane Graf
Dr. David and Dr. Diane Graf in partnership with the NIU Rockford Club, support the programs and interests of NIU and the College of Business. The purpose of the NIU Rockford Club is to enhance the image of and support NIU and the College of Business in the Rockford area, while providing mutually beneficial networking opportunities for the members. Under the NIU Rockford Club’s direction, scholarships have been awarded since 2005.
David Graf earned his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 1964. Subsequently, he attended the University of North Dakota where he received a M.S. degree in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1975. He joined the faculty of the Department of Business Education and Administrative Services at Northern Illinois University in 1976 as an assistant professor, and was appointed Chair of the same department in 1982. In 1986 he served as Chair of the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems until his appointment as Associate Dean of the College of Business in 1993. After serving one year as Acting Dean of the College, David Graf was appointed Dean of the College of Business and served in that capacity from 1994 until his retirement in 2005.
Diane Graf attended Northern Michigan University where she earned a B.S. in Business Education in 1969 and M.S. in 1970. Subsequently, she earned an Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University in 1990. During her career she taught at St. Xavier University and Waubonsee Community College. She also served as an instructor in the Department of Business Education and Administrative Services, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems at NIU.
The preferred freshman candidate:
- Meets NIU admissions criteria and will be attending NIU full-time
- Is a resident of the greater Rockford area (Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, and Stephenson counties)
- Achieved an ACT score of 22 or higher
- Achieved a 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) or higher in high school per current transcript
- Demonstrates proven leadership ability through extracurricular activities (school related and/or service)