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NIU Business Scholarships


Donald R. & Kayval Larson Endowed Scholarship in Business

Donald R. Larson is the Executive Director of Enrollment Services at Northern Illinois University. He worked as a graduate research assistant in the Management Department while attending NIU and received a Master of Science degree in Management in 1972.

Don has over 30 years of experience in college and university administrations and records. He was the user coordinator in the development and installation of large-scale mainframe student information systems, and in recent years, he has been a driving force in the University’s transition from mainframe to Internet technologies.

As the director of large administrative departments at NIU, Don’s management style and student- service orientation have made a significant difference for students, faculty and staff campus-wide.

His educational experience at Northern Illinois University prepared him well for the administrative challenges he encountered over the years. He continues to study new management and customer-service ideas and incorporates them into solving today’s problems, building upon the solid foundation provided by the College of Business and NIU.

Don hopes that this scholarship will help to aid others to establish a substantial knowledge base from NIU and a platform for perpetual learning for the rest of their lives.


Scholarship Criteria

The preferred candidate:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate in the College of Business at NIU
  • Shall demonstrate “academic promise” which may include, but is not limited to, meeting minimum admission criteria, involvement in extra-curricular activities, letters of recommendation, and/or the student’s own statement of academic goals.