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Career Scholarship

Eligible: Public high school seniors who are dependents of current ISTA members

This scholarship is open to students with demonstrated academic achievement and leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement who are dependents of ISTA members. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually with an option to renew for three consecutive years if eligibility requirements are met and a transcript is submitted.

Criteria for selection includes academic achievement, leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement and submission of an essay and recommendations. A seven-semester transcript is required to complete application process. Application deadline is March 1 with the scholarship awarded in July.

Questions? Email Jesse Miller.


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Damon P. Moore Scholarship

Eligible: Minority, Indiana public high school seniors

This scholarship is open to a minority public high school senior who plans to pursue a teaching certificate. The scholarship was named for Damon P. Moore, an African-American educator, who served three terms as ISTA president and continues to be a positive role model for young minorities aspiring to enter the education field. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually with an option to renew for three consecutive years.

Criteria for selection includes academic achievement, leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement and submission of an essay and recommendations. A seven-semester transcript is required to complete application process. Application deadline is March 1 with the scholarship awarded in July.

Questions? Email Jesse Miller.


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Educator Scholarship

Eligible: Public high school seniors who are dependents of current ISTA members

This scholarship is open to students actively pursuing a degree in education who are dependents of ISTA members. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually with an option to renew for three consecutive years.

Criteria for selection includes academic achievement, leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement and submission of an essay and recommendations. A seven-semester transcript is required to complete application process. Application deadline is March 1 with the scholarship awarded in July.

Questions? Email Jesse Miller.


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Justine M. Harrell Scholarship

Eligible: Public high school seniors pursuing a degree in education (renewable for three years)

This scholarship is open to a public high school senior pursuing a degree in education. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded for a total of four years if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA enrolled in an education curriculum at an accredited college or university in Indiana. Applicants for the need-based scholarship must also meet the income criteria of at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

Criteria for selection includes academic achievement, leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement, submission of an essay and recommendations and financial need. A seven-semester transcript is required to complete application process. Application deadline is March 1 with the scholarship awarded in July.

Questions? Contact Jesse Miller.


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Louis B. Russell Scholarship

Eligible: Minority, Indiana public high school seniors

This scholarship is open to a minority public high school senior who plans to pursue industrial arts, vocational education or technical preparation at an accredited post-secondary institution. This scholarship was named for Louis Russell, an African-American industrial arts educator, who acquired international recognition as the world’s longest-living heart transplant patient. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually with an option to renew for one consecutive year.

Applicants must be a minority pursuing education in the vocational arts and a graduate of the class of the current year entering a fully-accredited postsecondary institution as a freshman. Criteria for selection includes academic achievement, leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement and submission of an essay and recommendations. A seven-semester transcript is required to complete application process. Application deadline is March 1 with the scholarship awarded in July.

Questions? Contact Jesse Miller.


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District Scholarship

Eligible: Public high school seniors who are children, stepchildren, grandchildren or step grandchildren of current ISTA members

This scholarship is open to graduates of a public high school in December or May/June of the school year of application who had at least a C average, plan to participate in a formal accredited training program in the fall (apprenticeship, trade school, cosmetology, etc.) or attend a two- to four-year accredited college or university and are the children or grandchildren (stepchildren and step grandchildren qualify) of an ISTA member. The applicant does not need to have attended high school in the same district in which the ISTA member teaches, nor live with the ISTA member.

ISTA Foundation contributes to the scholarships that are awarded locally. Nominations for the district scholarship should be submitted by April 1. Scholarship checks are mailed or presented to the scholarship awardees by July.

Questions? Contact Diana Crum for the district scholarship.


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ISTA Foundation Retired Scholarship

Eligible: Public high school seniors who are children, stepchildren, grandchildren or step grandchildren of current ISTA members

This scholarship is open to graduates of a public high school in December or May/June of the school year of application who had at least a C average, plan to participate in a formal accredited training program in the fall (apprenticeship, trade school, cosmetology, etc.) or attend a two- to four-year accredited college or university and are the children or grandchildren (stepchildren and step grandchildren qualify) of an ISTA member. The applicant does not need to have attended high school in the same district in which the ISTA member teaches, nor live with the ISTA member.

ISTA Foundation contributes to the scholarships that are awarded locally. All nominations for retired scholarship should be submitted by April 1 and will be sent to the Retired Scholarship Committee for consideration. Scholarship checks are mailed or presented to the scholarship awardees by July.

Questions? Contact Becky Koerner for the ISTA-Retired scholarship.


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Scholarship for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 

This scholarship is open to ISTA members who are candidates for National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The ISTA Foundation accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis beginning Sept. 1. The scholarship is awarded on a first come, first served basis as applications are received, provided the applicant meets all scholarship criteria.


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Community Service Award

Eligible: ISTA members

This award recognizes outstanding examples of courage, commitment, innovation or dedication for the community. Nominations are open to ISTA members who recently completed or are currently completing a community service project outside the classroom. Each District Council determines its own criteria and selects a district honoree. The ISTA Issues and Concerns Committee reviews and recommends honorees to the board of directors.

Application deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA President.

Questions? Contact John O’Neal.


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ESP of the Year Award

Eligible: ISTA ESP members

This award recognizes extraordinary efforts by education support professionals (ESP) on behalf of kids. Nominees must be an ISTA ESP member (in good standing) working in a public education support position who are youth-oriented and have gone beyond the usual expectations of their job description. Nominations will be evaluated by a selection committee appointed by the ISTA president. Follow-up interviews by phone or in-person with nominees or references may be included in the process.  ONLY ONE NOMINATION PER LOCAL.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA president. The honoree will be Indiana’s candidate for the NEA/ESP of the Year Award and will receive funding to attend the NEA ESP Conference.

Questions? Contact Andy Borrelli.


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Friend of Education Award

Eligible: Community supporters of public education

This award recognizes an individual and/or organization whose leadership and support have contributed to statewide improvement of Indiana’s public schools. Nominees should reflect philosophies and principles compatible with ISTA’s mission and vision. Any ISTA member or local association may nominate an individual or organization. Nominations will be evaluated by the ISTA Executive Committee.  The basis of award criteria shall be: leadership, acts, and support of public education on a state level that establish the nominee as a true friend of public education, education employees, or students.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA President.

Questions? Contact Sherri Purdue.


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ISTA Hoosier Educator of the Year

Eligible: ISTA members

Supported by Horace Mann.

Guidelines are based on the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

This award recognizes an ISTA member who exemplifies professional practice, advocacy for the profession, attention to diversity, community engagement and leadership in professional development.

Nominations must be made by an ISTA member based on the following criteria.

  1. Professional Practice
  2. Advocacy for the Profession
  3. Attention to Diversity
  4. Community Engagement
  5. Leadership in Professional Development

Please carefully read the detailed nomination guidelines to ensure nominee meets criteria and applicant prepares and supplies all necessary information.

Horace Mann Educators Corporation generously recognizes the Hoosier Educator of the Year with a monetary award. The Hoosier honoree is sent to the NEA Foundation as Indiana’s nominee for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. State affiliate nominees with technology leadership experience will be considered for a separate and distinct honor, the AOL@School NEA Foundation Award for Technology Leadership.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA President.

Questions? Contact Angela Miller.


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David Hanna Golden Touch Award 

Eligible: ISTA-Retired members

This award recognizes outstanding contributions of retired members of ISTA-Retired who have demonstrated continued leadership in the Association and the community. Nominations may be made by any member, chapter, local or District Council and must include supportive materials such as newsletters, news clips, pictures, videos, letters of recommendation, etc.

Criteria for selection includes promotion of ISTA-Retired, continued leadership in the Association through ISTA-Retired, involvement in the Association on the local, state or national level, demonstrated volunteer work in public education or the community and ongoing advocacy for public education retirees and public education. Application deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA President.

Questions? Contact Corey Kern and Becky Koerner.


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J.D. Miller Young Activist Award

Eligible: ISTA members

This award recognizes Association activism and engagement within the first five years as educators. This award was named for Jeffrey “J.D.” Miller who was a past state president of ISEA who demonstrated tremendous promise as an Association advocate and leader. He passed away before he could fully realize his dream of teaching. Nominees may be nominated by any active ISTA member or they may be self-nominated with the endorsement of one additional active ISTA member. Applications must detail the nominee’s activism in relationship with ISTA’s strategic goals.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA President. The ISTA Governance Committee will evaluate and make recommendations to the board.

Questions? Contact Sherri Purdue.


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Lifetime Achievement Award

Eligible: Retiring ISTA members

This award recognizes members in the year of their retirement or the year immediately following retirement for a lifetime of achievement at the local level as well as the district, state or national level. A subcommittee of the Governance Committee will evaluate nominations and make recommendations to the board of directors. All members are urged to nominate deserving members. There is no limit to the number of awards given in any one year.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA President. The names of honorees are placed on a plaque in the ISTA building.

Questions? Contact Sherri Purdue.


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Minority Educator of the Year

Eligible: ISTA members

This award recognizes outstanding, active minority classroom educators. Nominees must be active ISTA members, participate in the Association and receive recommendations from the local association president and a colleague. Nominations must be made by an ISTA member and include nominee’s educational background, work experience, Association involvement, community and civic engagement and other relevant experience.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA President. The Minority Affairs Committee will evaluate nominations and make recommendations to the board of directors.

Questions? Contact LaQuita Maxey and Kara Seward.


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N. Robert Montfort Communications Award

This award is in memoriam of an ISTA communications director. 

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Eligible: ISTA members and local associations

The purpose of the ISTA N. Robert Montfort Communications Award shall be to recognize outstanding communications efforts of members and local affiliates (not by professional staff).  Where meritorious entries are submitted, the publication dates of March 1, except for Legislative Bulletins/Newsletters, of the previous year will be used. 

All entries, with the exception of editorials, must include printed reference to the local’s affiliation with the ISTA and NEA or must include the United Education Profession (Local, State, and National), (UEP) Logo. 

The Governance Committee and its communications subcommittee will evaluate the nominations and make recommendations to the board of directors. Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA President.

Questions? Contact Sherri Purdue.




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Nathan G. Schnellenberger Pacesetter Award

Eligible: ISTA members, local associations, District Councils or other committees

The Nathan G. Schnellenberger Pacesetter Award is designed to recognize current outstanding examples of courage, commitment, innovation or dedication in advancing the status of education in Indiana. The Nathan G. Schnellenberger Pacesetter is awarded to outstanding active members, local associations and District Councils or other committees established by and limited to active members of the Association. A committee appointed by the ISTA president will evaluate the nominations and make recommendations to the board of directors. The honoree will receive an exclusive pin, trophy and recognition in the Association’s publications.

The Pacesetter Award was renamed in June 2019 to honor and recognize the outstanding lifetime work of Nathan G. Schnellenberger.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, determined by the ISTA President.

Questions? Contact Sherri Purdue.


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Outstanding Treasurer Award

PURPOSE

The Outstanding Treasurer Award was established to reward well‐trained, effective local and district council treasurers and to recognize them for their service and dedication to their associations.

QUALIFICATIONS

To qualify for an Outstanding Treasurer Award, a treasurer must comply with the criteria outlined in the nomination form which covers membership dues remittal, financial records and training.

SELECTION OF RECIPIENT

Treasurers who meet all the criteria for the award and are nominated by their local presidents or district council chairs automatically receive the award.

PRESENTATION

Each recipient is recognized at a local or district event and receives a certiϐicate and a letter of recognition from the ISTA treasurer.

LOCAL PRESIDENT/DISTRICT COUNCIL CHAIR

To earn this prestigious award, your treasurer must have met the following qualifications during the current fiscal year:

  • The local treasurer has forwarded ISTA and NEA membership dues in accordance with the ISTA Bylaws with no outstanding charges to the local Association by ISTA during the fiscal year.
  • The local association or district council has a properly adopted financial budget.
  • Financial reports were prepared and given at least once during the ϐiscal year.
  • The treasurer attended at least one treasurer’s workshop within the past two ϐiscal years.
  • The local president or district council chair verifies that all the above activities have been accomplished to the benefit of the members.


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 Phillip Carey for Human Relations Award

Eligible:  ISTA members, education advocates, local associations

This award recognizes individuals — ISTA members or education advocates — and local associations who have made a significant contribution to advancing human and civil rights in education. Nominations must be made by an ISTA member or local association. Nominations must include two letters of recommendation and a written statement by the nominator outlining the candidate’s efforts in achieving one or more of the following goals:

  • Protect and advance the human and civil rights and responsibilities of educators and students.
  • Work to increase respect, understanding and acceptance toward individuals and groups in our Association, our schools and our communities.
  • Advance equal educational opportunities for all students.
  • Develop and implement programs that will inform teachers about human and civil rights and how they can be carried out.
  • Work toward equitable salaries and working conditions.
  • Eliminate discrimination in the hiring, displacement and personnel practices of school corporations.
  • Develop and implement curriculum that promotes the concept of cultural pluralism.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, to be determined by the ISTA President. The Minority Affairs Committee will evaluate nominations and make recommendations to the board of directors.

Questions? Contact LaQuita Maxey and Kara Seward.


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School Bell Award

Eligible:  News media professionals

This award recognizes exceptional work by news media professionals who support the philosophy of ISTA and public education. Eligible nominees include newspapers, broadcast and radio as well as individual reporters with the entry submission having been published/aired during the 12-month period preceding the March 1 deadline. Nominations must be made by an individual member through your local association president or District Council chairperson. One nomination each may be submitted for newspaper, broadcast and radio.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation to be scheduled at an ISTA event, to be determined by the ISTA President. The Issues and Concerns Committee communications subcommittee will evaluate the nominations and make recommendations based on accuracy, objectivity, depth of reporting and the submission’s contribution to public education and/or school employee advocacy.

Questions? Contact John O’Neal.


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Jesamie Moore Memorial Scholarship

Eligible: ISTA Aspiring Educators seeking special education certification.  $500 

Jesamie Moore was a senior at IUPUI working on a dual license in elementary and special education. She devoted time and energy as an active aspiring educator and her GPA. She participated in the Spring 2006 Outreach to Teach and worked at the Book Fair. This scholarship to honor Jesamie Moore is for a student seeking certification in special education.

Applicants should be prepared to write an essay and request two letters of recommendation and submit a current transcript.       Recommendations must be received by March 31st.


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Aspiring Educators Outstanding Local Advisor Award

Eligible: ISTA Aspiring Educators university or college advisor

This award recognizes an ISTA Aspiring Educators advisor at a university or college Aspiring Educators chapter. The recipient is identified as an advisor that demonstrates dedication and service to the ISTA Aspiring Educators program at the local/chapter level.

Nominators should be prepared to submit an essay and two letters of recommendation. 

Nomination deadline is March 1.


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Outstanding Local Chapter Excellence Award 

Eligible: ISTA Aspiring Educators chapter

This award recognizes a local student chapter that has facilitated leadership and development opportunities in the areas of teacher quality, community outreach and political advocacy.

Applicants should evaluate the chapter’s success in community outreach, teacher quality, political action and organization and infrastructure. Applicants should be prepared to write four essays and submit supporting materials. 

Nomination deadline is March 1.


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Outstanding Local Rookie Award

Eligible: ISTA Aspiring Educators member in freshman or sophomore year of college

This award recognizes a freshman or sophomore who has exhibited leadership to their local chapter. Contributions to the local chapter should include: improving the local chapter, participation in professional development activities, impact on members and the community and ability to differentiate themselves from other freshman and sophomore ISTA Aspiring Educators members.

Nominators should be prepared to write an essay and submit two letters of recommendation. 

Nomination deadline is March 1.


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J.D. Miller Outstanding Local Student Leader Award 

Eligible: ISTA Aspiring Educators local chapter leaders

This award recognizes an ISTA Aspiring Educators local chapter leader who has provided excellent leadership to their Aspiring Educators chapter throughout the year. Nominees should demonstrate their ability to strengthen and grow local student chapter, participate in professional development opportunities, support existing programs/project and/or develop new ones, impact student members and the community, commit to providing opportunities for others and develop upcoming leaders and focus on inclusion, teamwork and communication.

Nominators should be prepared to write an essay and submit two letters of recommendation.

 Nomination deadline is March 1.


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Outstanding Senior Recognition Award

Eligible: ISTA Aspiring Educators seniors.  $100.  

This honor recognizes two seniors who have contributed to the work and promotion of ISTA Aspiring Educators, both at the state and chapter level. The $100 award recognizes active ISTA Aspiring Educators members in their senior year of college.

Applicants should be prepared to outline their involvement in ISTA Aspiring Educators in an essay.

Questions? Contact Angela Miller.


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Opportunity Grant

Eligible: Local associations and District Councils

This grant is open to a local association, two or more local associations jointly or a District Council to initiate creative projects/programs, which enhance public education in our local communities. The $500 grant is awarded annually, and as funding permits, grant renewal may be considered.

Criteria for selection includes the project/program’s link to the community, the applicant’s commitment to the project/program, the promotion and enhancement of public education and the ongoing effort to support public education. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 30 with all supportive materials included. The Issues and Concerns communications subcommittee will review applications and make recommendations to the board of directors for grants to be awarded by Jan. 15.

Questions? Contact John O'Neal.


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 Professional Development Grant

Eligible: Local associations and/or District Councils

This grant is open to local associations and District Councils to provide professional development to their members. For the purposes of this grant, professional development is any program or process that results in developing the skills of educators, increases student learning or improves school or classroom quality.

The grant provides a disbursement of $1 for every member in the local association or District Council, whichever applies. Annual funding for this grant is limited.

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Professional Practices & Standards Committee will review and approve grant applications quarterly by the following dates: Nov. 15, Feb. 15, May 15 and Aug. 15. The grant summary form must be submitted 30 days after the last grant activity is completed, or by Aug. 31, whichever is sooner.

Questions? Contact Angela Miller.


Only locals or district councils may apply for this grant. Individual members are not eligible.

Grants will be approved by the Professional Practices & Standards Committee by the following dates: 

Nov. 15         Feb. 15         May 15        Aug.15


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