IBEA has recently changed criteria and guidelines for the IBEA Scholarship Program. Watch the website for updates to be posted by January 31, 2017. Thank you!

The Dora J. Beattie IBEA Scholarship was founded in 2011.  The IBEA Scholarship Fund was one of the beneficiaries of Ms. Beattie’s estate.  Ms. Beattie requested that the funds be utilized to provide scholarships for those who wanted to pursue a career in business education in Illinois.

Ms. Beattie received her bachelor of science in education from Illinois State University and a Certificate of Advanced Study from Northern Illinois University.  She taught business at Antioch Community High School and retired from there before moving to Rochester. 

She enjoyed traveling and had been to all 50 states, the 7 continents, and 87 countries.  She was a member of the Illinois Business Education Association, National Business Education Association, International Society of Business Education, and Illinois Education Association. 

Ms. Beattie is remembered as a wonderful woman and teacher who kept the class interesting.  She was well respected by her students and colleagues.  Ms. Beattie’s generosity will impact the future of business education in Illinois for generations to come.

The award is to provide scholarships to students who plan to become secondary business teachers or further their professional development as business teachers.  Up to four scholarships will be awarded each year.  One scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who will begin undergraduate studies in business education in the fall.  Two scholarships will be available at the undergraduate level, and one scholarship will be available at the graduate level.

The Amount
Currently, three $5,000 undergraduate scholarships and one $2,500 graduate scholarship will be awarded each year.  The amount of the scholarship will be re-evaluated each year and based on the income from the scholarship investment fund.

Frequency of the Award
The scholarships will be awarded annually.  Students can apply each year they are eligible and are eligible to receive the scholarship more than one time.  Preference will not be given to a past scholarship recipient during the selection process.

Application Process
Applications will be available on the IBEA website soon and in the winter issue of the IBEA Reports.  The deadline for applications is May 15 of each calendar year.

Selection Committee
The selection committee is the Awards Chairperson, the IBEA President, and the affiliate representatives serving on the IBEA Board.

Selection Criteria
Undergraduate candidates must be majoring in business education or a related major that prepares them to teach business at the secondary level.  Applicants must attend a school within the state of Illinois that has an approved business teacher preparation program or any junior/community college with intent of completing a bachelor’s degree in business education or a related major.

Undergraduate candidates must submit the application materials and be sponsored by a current IBEA member.

Graduate candidates must be pursuing a major that provides them with further knowledge and skills for the business education classroom. Graduate candidates must submit the application materials and be a current member of IBEA.

Selection Procedure
The selection committee will review all applications that meet the criteria outlined above and will select the recipients.

Notification of Recipient
The recipient shall be notified in writing by June 30 of the award year.

Distribution of Award Funds
Award checks will be payable to the institutions the recipients plan to attend and provided to the recipients to apply the amount toward their tuition, room and board, books, and other education-related expenses.

Presentation of Award
The presentation of the awards will be in November during the Illinois Business Education Association’s Conference.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The Scholarship Task Force will make the final selections and notify all applicants of the results by June 30 of the award year. Scholarship certificates and a check will be presented at the IBEA Fall Conference.

All forms and other necessary materials to apply for an IBEA scholarship are now available only in the Forms & Documents section under Downloadable Documents. Click the link at the top of the page to access them. You may directly link to the scholarship download section by clicking here.

Application Deadline: May 15 of each calendar year
All applications must be postmarked on or before the above date in order to be considered.

Send completed applications to:
Mrs. Connie Campbell
9524 Roanoak Drive
Rockford, IL 61107

Phone:  815.332.4089
Fax:  815.547.2916
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Award/Scholarship Quick Links

Award Nomination Form (Online)

  pdf Award Nomination Form (18 KB) (Paper Form)

Awards Submission Forms (Online)
Award Submission Form
Research Award Submission Form
Writers' Hall of Fame Award Submission Form

   pdf All Awards Application Forms (447 KB) (Paper Forms)

Scholarship Application Forms (Online)

Scholarship Information is being updated. Check back for live links after January 31, 2017.

Undergraduate Application Form
Graduate Application Form

  All Scholarship Application Forms (Paper Forms)

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