Above: A student planning to become a teacher listens closely to her professor.
Make a Difference for Teacher Education Students
Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for teacher education students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!
- Teacher Education Program Fund
- Scholarship/Award Funds
John and Barb Blackburn Scholarship Fund
Melinda and Alfred LaBarre Scholarship Fund
Loken Family Scholarship
Otis D. Morgan Award Fund
Dorothy A Tracy Teacher Education Scholarship Fund
Brad and Jennifer Ward Scholarship
An Access Illinois Matched Scholarship
This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.
The Blackburns give an annually funded scholarship each year. Although their gift each year is unrestricted (with no specific criteria), the scholarship generally goes to either an English or an education major, reflecting John’s Master’s degree in Educational Administration (’79) and Barb’s Master’s Degree in Literature (’81). Your gift to this scholarship will be added to the amount they give each year, increasing the size of the scholarship.
The Loken Family Scholarship was created to help students who not only want to be classroom teachers, but educators of those pupils who may need significantly more patience, guts and innovation with their instruction. Dr. Mary Loken, an Iowa native, came to Springfield in 1965. A job as a substitute teacher led to a supervisory job that took advantage of Dr. Loken’s doctorate in education and master’s degree in special education. Over the years, her advocacy for children with special needs earned her many accolades, including Springfield’s First Citizen Award in 1984. The Loken Family Scholarship is for education majors who intend to work with special needs, at-risk or other special population students. Applicants must have financial need and be enrolled in a minimum of two classes.
Dr. Otis D. Morgan, who died in 1973, was a UIS (then Sangamon State University) charter faculty member. Dr. Morgan’s primary instruction was in the Teacher Preparation Sequence. The Otis D. Morgan Memorial Scholarship, one of the longest-running UIS scholarships available, was established in 1975 by the Black Caucus (of Springfield). Applicants for this scholarship must be minority transfer students majoring in Education. Preference is given to African-American students, particularly those from the East St. Louis area.
Knowing how important scholarships are and the influence that teachers have on children and indeed on all of society, Dorothy Tracy established a scholarship at UIS for students in the Teacher Education Program.
Brad and Jennifer Ward met on their first day together at UIS–Brad helped Jennifer set up her printer. Jennifer was a history major in the teacher education major. She went on to teach in Indianapolis before staying home with the couple’s daughter. Brad started as a computer major but switched to business, adding an eclectic mix of marketing and communication courses. Today, with his partner, he runs BlueFuego, a leading consulting business helping colleges and universities with online marketing. With this scholarship, which qualifies for the Access Illinois Match Program, Brad and Jen become some of the youngest scholarship donors UIS has ever had. The match program provides an unexpected benefit for them. They can give the first scholarship to business (for Brad) and the second (the matched scholarship) to teacher education (for Jennifer). Read more of their story here.
You could also create your own named scholarship fund–either a current-use scholarship or an endowed scholarship–that benefits teacher education program students. As the principle donor, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.
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