NIU Business Scholarships


Prabhaker Family Endowed Scholarship

Paul Prabhaker is currently the Dean, Associate for Graduate Affairs and research. Some of his prior careers consist of being a tenured professor (marketing), and 22 years of full-time experience in academia, with extensive involvement in business. Paul’s Wife is Vasanthi Prabhaker is Diabetes Educator RD at Centegra Health System, helping educate the Chicago area on diabetes. Paul has earned several teaching excellence awards as well as, an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Best Professor Award from DePaul University.

paulPaul and Vasanthi’s commitment to education throughout their careers has been outstanding. Some of the contributions that Paul has made throughout his career to contribute to the education of young professionals consist of overseeing curriculum development and management, management of overall budget for business-school, and rose over $500,000 towards a national Entrepreneurship Conference. In addition Paul and Vasanthi have set up a scholarship to help provide support to the first generation of students trying to earn a degree in the NIU College of Business program. This is just another example of how Paul continually contributes to the education of young professionals.

Scholarship Criteria

The preferred candidate:

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate business student
  • Good academic standing
  • Performs well in the classroom as demonstrated by consistent attendance, active participation in discussions, meritorious achievements on tests and project
  • Is a first generation college student
  • Consideration given for financial need