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$500 Undergraduate Scholarship


The $500 Undergraduate Scholarship is in honor of Jane Curtis. Along with the cash award, the $500 scholarship winner receives one of the ten Professional Development Scholarships. For more information on other awards, view the Awards webpage.

Eligibility Requirements:

You are eligible for the Illinois TESOL-BE $500 Undergraduate Scholarship if you are
  • an undergraduate student presently enrolled full or part-time in an accredited college or university program in TESOL or bilingual education or a practicing professional or paraprofessional in TESOL or BE with concrete plans to enroll in relevant undergraduate coursework
  • an excellent student
  • an individual in need of financial assistance
  • a current member of Illinois TESOL-BE
How to Apply for a Scholarship Award:

To apply for the Illinois TESOL-BE $500 Undergraduate Scholarship, you must submit
  1. A written statement (word-processed & double-spaced) in which you:
    a. Describe your involvement to date in the field of ESL/BE. Include work as a teacher, program administrator, social worker, community organizer, etc.
    b. Explain your professional goals and how your program of study will help you meet those goals.
    c. Give a brief statement regarding your financial need.
  2. A completed application form no later than January 6, 2016 (postmarked). 
    Application for Graduate Scholarship  (.docx)
    Online Application for Graduate Scholarship
  3. Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.
    Faculty Reference Form  (.docx)
    Online Faculty Reference Form
  4. An official transcript of academic work.
  5. A letter of acceptance for those not currently enrolled in an academic program.
Barbara L. Gomez, Awards Committee,
984 Camelot Drive, Crystal Lake, IL. 60014


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: January 6, 2016 (postmarked).  

For further information email the Scholarship Committee Chair at
or through our web page at Contact Us.