$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 9, 2016 (postmarked).

Application for Undergraduate Scholarship (Word Doc format)

3. Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.

4. An official transcript of academic work.

5.A letter of acceptance for those not currently enrolled in an academic program.


Illinois TESOL-BE Awards Chair
Leah Miller, Awards Committee Chair
4019 N. Clarendon, APT. 3 S. Chicago, IL  60613



DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: January 9, 2016 (postmarked).  


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