Curriculum and Instruction

Undergraduate Scholarships

All scholarships are subject to availability.

Currently Enrolled Students

Please complete only one application for any or all of the following six scholarships.

Nancy A. Brown - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 3.0
Requirements: Completed 60 s.h. by conclusion of the spring semester and provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members
Major in dept. of Curriculum and Instruction with an elementary education option.
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Preference will be given to applicants who can document community service.  Financial need is not a consideration

Application Form

Anna Marie Gruber - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 3.0
Requirements:  Completed sophomore year with at least 2 sem. to go before graduation and provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members
Be an Elementary Education Major
Must demonstrate financial need
Must show potential as a teacher
Award Amount: Up to $2,000
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities

Application Form

Ida Blanch Bruner/Verlin K. Johnson - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 2.8
Requirements: Junior/Senior and provide two letters of recommendation
Major in dept. of Curriculum and Instruction with Early Childhood Education emphasis
Must show evidence of dependability, leadership, and service
Award Amount: Up to $500
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction

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John and Ivabell Means - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 3.5
Requirements: Completed 60 s.h. by conclusion or the spring semester and provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members
Major in dept. of Curriculum and Instruction with an Elementary Education option.
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Financial need is not a consideration

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Katherine T. Thompson - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 3.0
Requirements: Junior/Senior, Elementary Education Major, Show financial need, Must show teaching potential, and provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members
Award Amount: Up to $1,500 annually (3 awards at $500 each)
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Not renewable

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Thomas G. Oakson Memorial - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 2.75 overall and 3.0 major
Requirements: Be from Lake or Macon Counties in Illinois
Be a sophomore, junior, or senior Elementary Education major in the Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction.
Write an essay explaining why he/she wants to be a teacher and how the scholarship will help with his/her education.
Include three (3) letters of recommendation for the scholarship with application.
Award Amount: $1,000
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Renewable

Application Form

Incoming Freshmen and Transfers

Please complete only one application for any or all of the following four scholarships.

Ethel Ray - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
Requirements: Freshmen only ACT score of 25 or higher, Be in the upper 25% of graduating class, Major in Elementary Education, and provide two letters of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Plan to major in Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Application Form

Oliver and Mary Troyer - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 3.0
Requirements: Freshmen only - ACT score of 25 or higher, Major in Elementary Education, Demonstrate financial need, and provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator
Award Amount: Up to $500
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Not renewable

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Maxine L. Robinson - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
Requirements: Freshman or transfer student: If freshman-ACT score of 23 and upper 25% of class and be a resident of one of the 27 West-Central Illinois counties** served by Western Illinois University; If transfer student-have minimum of 30 s.h. with 3.25 GPA transferring from any community college or university; both must provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator
Major in Elelmentary Education
Award Amount: Up to $500
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Financial need and extra-curricular activities considered

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Opal Wedeberg - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
Requirements: Freshman or transfer student and provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator
If freshman-ACT score of 23 and upper 25% of class and be a resident of one of the 27 West-Central Illinois counties** served by Western Illinois University
If transfer student-have minimum of 30 s.h. with 3.25 GPA transferring from any community college or university
Major in Elelmentary Education
Award Amount: Up to $500
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Financial need and extra-curricular activities considered

**27 West-Central Illinois counties: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Knox, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Mercer, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell and Warren

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Freshmen, Transfer and Currently Enrolled Students

Please complete only one application for any or all of the following four scholarships.

Helen L. Buckley - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 3.6
Requirements: Top 10% of graduating class, if Freshman
Freshman or Sophomore
Major in Elementary Education
Provide two letters of recommendation, one from a former teacher and one from a friend of the family
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Preference will be given to Bureau County resident

Application Form

Jessie Ferne Routh Grice - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: If Freshman-ACT score of 25 and upper 25% of class
If transfer-have minimum 3.0 GPA
Requirements: Must plan to teach at elementary level
Must be enrolled for 12 semester hours minimum
Must provide two letters of recommendation (Freshman-one must be from high school teacher)
Award Amount: Up to $300
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Renewable-must reapply and maintain 3.0 GPA
Need 2 letters of recommendation and transcript

Application Form

Leanne L. Grice Porch - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: If Freshman-ACT score of 25 and upper 25% of class
If transfer-have minimum 2.5 GPA
Requirements: Must plan to teach at elementary level
Must be enrolled for 12 semester hours minimum
Must provide two letters of recommendation (Freshman-one must be from high school teacher)
Award Amount: Up to $300
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Renewable-must reapply and maintain 3.0 GPA
Home-schooled students encouraged to apply

Application Form

Carol J. Grice Major - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 3.0
Requirements: Junior/Senior
Must plan to teach at elementary level
Must be enrolled for 6 semester hours minimum
Must provide two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a former teacher or current employer
Award Amount: Up to $300
Apply to/Contact: Dr. Anne E. Gregory, Chairperson, Curriculum and Instruction, OR Terri Hare, Director of Scholarship Activities
Comments: Renewable

Application Form

Wrenn R. and Evelyn Grice - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 15
Requirements: Incoming high school graduate in the upper 25% of his/her class and have an ACT composite score of 25 or higher, or be currently enrolled having a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Must be a resident of Fulton or Knox Counties
Must plan to teach at elementary or secondary level
Must provide two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a former teacher or current employer
Must submit a high school transcript indication class rank and total ACT (incoming Freshman), or current transcript (current student)
Award Amount: $750 per year (subject to change)
Apply to/Contact: Dean's Office, College of Education, Horrabin Hall 117
Comments: Renewable

Other Available Scholarships

Alpha Delta Kappa-Alpha Chi Chapter - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 3.0
Requirements: Junior/Senior, Female, Preferably from Fulton County, Majoring in ECH, ELED, SPED, bilingual or reading
Award Amount: Up to $1000
Apply to/Contact: Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals, HH91

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Hancock County Retired Teachers'
- Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 23
GPA: 3.0
Requirements: Sophomore/Junior/Senior who has been accepted into a teacher certification program, Graduate of a Hancock County high school
Award Amount: $500
Apply to/Contact: The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, HH40 or at the Regional Office of Education #26 in Carthage or Macomb, Illinois

Illinois Retired Teachers Association - Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: March 7
GPA: 3.0
Requirements: Must be endorsed by an active IRTA member or be a descendant of an IRTA member, junior/senior in a teacher certification program, furnish official transcripts, submit a one page letter stating educational intent and special family circumstances, provide three character references from non-family members, sign a Consent to Release Information form
Award Amount: $1,500
Apply to/Contact: The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, OR Susan Goetz at IRTA

Application Form

Special Education Major Scholarships


Chown/Himmel Special Education Scholarship
- Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1st
GPA: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their Special Education major
Requirements: Special Education major in their junior/senior year, two letters of professional recommendation, support individuals with special needs activities, philosophy of teaching students with exceptionalities and substantiate desires to be a competent and effective special educator, and a current resume.
Award Amount: Up to $500
Apply to/Contact: Department of Curriculum & Instruction, HH40

Application Form


Nicholas Joseph DiGrino Memorial Scholarship for Special Education
- Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1st (Recipients shall be selected no later than May 1)
GPA: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
Requirements: Special Education major, accepted into the Teacher Education Program, two letters of recommendation, demonstrate community and/or university service and commitment to children with disabilities
Award Amount: $1,000 annually ($500 fall semester and $500 spring semester), renewable
Apply to/Contact: Department of Curriculum & Instruction, HH40

Application Form


Patricia A. Wood Memorial Scholarship in Special Education
- Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: December 10th (Spring semester student teaching) and May 10th (Fall semester student teaching)
GPA: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their Special Education major
Requirements: Special Education major in their student teaching semester, two letters of professional recommendation, support individuals with special needs activities, philosophy of teaching students with exceptionalities and substantiate desires to be a competent and effective special educator, and a current resume.
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Apply to/Contact: Department of Curriculum & Instruction, HH40

Application Form


Robert Lang Blakslee Memorial Fund for Special Education
- Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: May 12
GPA: Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their Special Education major
Requirements: Special Education major intending to qualify for certification as a Learning Behavior Specialist and accepted into the Teacher Education Program.Preferred emphasis or concentration in the area of MR, but not required.
Award Amount: Varies
Apply to/Contact: Western Illinois University Scholarship Office, Sherman Hall 308


Scottie and Dr. Carl Fenn Scholarship
- Scholarship Information

Deadline to Apply: April 1st
GPA: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their Special Education major
Requirements: Special Education major in their junior/senior year, two letters of professional recommendation, support individuals with special needs activities, philosophy of teaching students with exceptionalities and substantiate desires to be a competent and effective special educator, and a current resume.
Award Amount: Up to $250
Apply to/Contact: Department of Curriculum & Instruction, HH40

Application Form