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Special Education Scholarships

Chown/Himmel Scholarship ($500)

Evaluation Criteria:

  • GPA: 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA and 3.5 or higher major
  • Applicants must be fulltime special education majors who have attained Junior or Senior and have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
  • Comments: Recipient must be actively involved in special education extracurricular activities. Applicants who have a strong interest in teaching students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities will be given preference.
  • The applicant should document a high degree of involvement in activities that support individuals with special needs.

Noah Eckman Memorial Scholarship in honor of Denita Rouse ($1000)

History: The Noah Eckman Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Denita Rouse was created by Noah's parents, Troy and Jennifer Eckman, in May 2013. Noah attended West Central Illinois Special Education class as West Prairie South Elementary School in Colchester, Illinois. Noah's teacher, Denita Rouse, was a positive and important influence on his short life. Noah died March 5, 2004 at the age of 6. Noah's parents created the memorial scholarship to help prepare teachers with Denita's commitment and work ethic to teach students with special needs consistent with Noah's.


Evaluation Criteria:

    • GPA: 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
    • Be senior level special education major
    • Be a Us citizen
    • Be enrolled for at least six semester hours

Nicholas Joseph DiGrino Scholarship ($1000)

Evaluation Criteria:

    • GPA: 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA
    • Applicants must be a special education majors who have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
    • Comments: Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate community and/or university service and commitment to children with disabilities.

Patricia A. Wood Memorial Scholarship in Special Education

History: The Patricia A. Wood Memorial Scholarship in Special Education was established by Mrs. Minette Wood in memory of her daughter. The purpose of this scholarship fund is to financially assist students majoring in Special Education during the semester that they are student teaching.

Evaluation Criteria:

    • GPA: 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA and 3.5 or higher major
    • Applicants must be fulltime special education majors who will be student teaching during the semester the scholarship is received.
    • Comments: Financial need will be considered. The recipient and his/her family will be honored at the annual Scholars' Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Western Illinois University Foundation.
    • Deadlines: November 1st for spring student teaching; April 1st for fall student teaching

Ralph & Gladys Anderson Scholarship for Sherrard Students (for currently enrolled & transfer students only)

  • First preference to an African American student attending WIU with a 3.0 GPA or better with junior class status majoring in Special Education or Elementary Education who graduated from Sherrard High School,
  • Second preference to any minority student attending WIU with junior class status majoring in Elementary Education or Special Education with a 3.0 GPA or better (includes transfer GPA for new transfers) who graduated from Sherrard High School.
  • Third preference to any student attending WIU with junior class status majoring in Elementary Education or Special Education with a 3.0 GPA or better from Sherrard High School.
  • Fourth preference to any student attending WIU with junior class status majoring in Elementary Education or Special Education with a 3.0 GPA or better from a county surrounding Sherrard High School.

Scottie and Dr. Carl Fenn Scholarship

Evaluation Criteria:

    • GPA: 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA and 3.5 or higher major
    • Applicants must be fulltime special education majors who have attained Junior or Senior and have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
    • Comments: Applicants who have a strong interest in teaching students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and who have been active in WIU student CEC will be given preference. The recipient and his/her family will be honored at the annual Scholars' Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Western Illinois University Foundation.

 

Submit the following along with the application:

Personal Statement: The applicant should clearly articulate his/her personal philosophy of teaching students with exceptionalities and substantiate his/her sincere desire to become a competent and effective special educator. The applicant should describe his/her approach to working with students with exceptionalities, including specific teaching goals, and career goals.

Recommendations: Two letters of professional recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s commitment to individuals with disabilities, skills acquired to be an effective educator, and participation in activities that support special education must be submitted with the application.

Current Resume: Please include a current complete resume with your application.

 

Online Application

 

Deadline to apply: April 1st

Apply to/Contact:
Curriculum & Instruction Department, Horrabin Hall 69
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455