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$500 Undergraduate Scholarship


Two $500 Undergraduate Scholarships will be given in honor of Jane Curtis. Along with the cash award, the $500 scholarship winners each receive one of the ten Professional Development Scholarships to attend the annual ITBE convention. 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  
  • Attendance at the Convention (to receive your award publicly) is expected.

All applicants for the Undergraduate Scholarships must be valid members of IllinoisTESOL-BE through March 2019. To become a member of TESOL-BE or to renew membership, go to Check your membership status by using your member log-in on the ITBE web site or by e-mailing us at

How to Apply for a Scholarship Award:

To apply for the Illinois TESOL-BE $500 Undergraduate Scholarship, you must submit

1. A statement 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. An application form with your personal information
3. Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references. Individuals providing references should log into the 
    online system (see below) and answer two short questions on the faculty reference form.
4. An official transcript of academic work (scanned paper transcript or a webpage submitted as PDF are all acceptable).
5. A letter of acceptance for those not currently enrolled in an academic program.


Start your application by following this link: Online Application for Undergraduate Scholarship 
Submit a reference by following this link: Online Faculty Reference Form 
Alternatively, you can download the reference form and send it to 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Saturday, December 1st, 2018.

Please note: The online submission system closes on 11:59pm on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. You will not be able to submit any documents after this time.

Questions? Email the Awards Committee at