Samuel N. Oliva Scholarship

Established in 2001, this was the first WIU scholarship established by Samuel Oliva, WIU Accountancy graduate and Certified Public Accountant since 1977. Shortly after his graduation and before he was 30 years old, Mr. Oliva began providing annual scholarships to Accountancy students. In 2001, he established the initial endowment that funds these scholarships. This endowment was the first endowment supporting the Accountancy program to grow to $100,000 and then $500,000. With his recent $500,000 challenge/match pledge, Mr. Oliva set the course for this endowment to grow to over $1.1 million by 2019. Income earned by this endowment will provide scholarships in perpetuity for Accountancy students. Currently, three Samuel N. Oliva scholarships valued at $4,000 each are awarded each year. Samuel N. Oliva scholarships support continuing students in Accountancy here at WIU. Please see the selection criteria below. Newly admitted freshmen Accountancy students are strongly encouraged to apply for the new Oliva Scholars Scholarship. Information for the new Oliva Scholars Scholarship is located on the WIU Scholarship Portal under the Accountancy program.


  • Undergraduate or graduate
  • Accounting major
  • Minimum 6 credit hours enrollment at time of application (part-time students must demonstrate continuous enrollment and progress towards graduation)
  • Minimum 60 credit hours earned by the end of the spring semester of deadline
  • Minimum 3.2 WIU GPA and minimum 3.2 major GPA
  • Demonstrated leadership through involvement in student organizations in the Department of Accountancy (BAP, Accounting Society, Society of Accountancy)

Any student receiving this scholarship will automatically qualify for an accounting internship at ECS Financial Services. Internships include housing, if needed.

Questions regarding eligibility? Contact:
Accounting & Finance