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Students in Elmhurst’s Department of Education are eligible to apply for a number of special scholarships, including:

Golden Apple Scholarships
Elmhurst College is one of 53 Illinois institutions whose education students are eligible to receive scholarships from the Golden Apple Foundation, best known for its Excellence in Teaching awards. Golden Apple Scholars receive up to $18,000 in scholarship funding and paid summer training opportunities over the course of four college years with the understanding that they will teach in high-need areas in Illinois for at least five years upon graduating and meeting requirements for state teaching certification. Find out more on the Golden Apple Foundation’s web site.

Associated Colleges of Illinois Scholarships
Because Elmhurst and its Department of Education are active members of the Associated Colleges of Illinois, education majors at Elmhurst are eligible to apply for several financial aid opportunities offered by ACI. In addition, the department has successfully partnered with other ACI colleges and universities to support ongoing partnerships between colleges and schools. Our teacher education students benefit from the many rich field and professional opportunities supported by the ACI grants. Find out more at Associated College of Illinois.

Rose Weigand Scholarships
These scholarships were established by Elmhurst College Trustee Russell Weigand in recognition and memory of his wife, Rose Weigand, who was known for her extensive contributions to the Elmhurst College community.

Students nominated for this scholarship are expected to exemplify, and instill in others, a desire for lifelong learning, the ability for self-improvement and to think critically and independently, and a sense of obligation to contribute to the betterment of the larger society. This scholarship is awarded annually. Each year, $1,200 is awarded to up to three recipients who are candidates in an early childhood, special education or CSD program in their junior or senior year or in their first year in the speech language pathology graduate program. Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • GPA of at least 3.2 in all coursework
  • One-page personal statement
  • Ratings from two professors
  • Full-time student with some financial need

Whitener Scholars
These scholarships were established by John A. and Betty R. Stastny in recognition and memory of the lifelong commitment to excellence in education demonstrated by Raymond L. and Mary F. Whitener. In establishing this endowment, the Stastnys also acknowledge the Union Church of Hinsdale, where they and the Whiteners were active members.

Whitener Scholars are expected to exemplify, and instill in others, a lifelong desire to learn, the ability to solve problems and thinking clearly and independently, and a sense of obligation to not only sustain and improve oneself, but also to contribute to the betterment of the larger society.

Several scholarships are awarded annually:

  • $8,000 Undergraduate Teaching Scholarships to pK-12 teacher candidates in their junior year. Each scholarship is up to $4,000 per year for two years.
  • $10,000 Graduate Teaching Scholarships for graduate students entering the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education or the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership. Each scholarship is up to $5,000 per year for two years.
  • $1,500 Student Teacher Scholarships for a student teacher during the student teaching semester.
  • $1,500 Professional Development Scholarships for a licensed teacher returning to advance studies who is completing two or more courses at Elmhurst College.

For more information, download the Whitener Scholarship brochure, or contact Dr. Lisa Burke, Chair, Department of Education.

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