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Supporting our Members

ISTA is proud of our members and the work they do. ISTA and the ISTA Foundation strive to recognize, honor and fund members and future educators to continue high-quality, public education in Indiana. Nominations and applications for scholarships, grants and awards are open to ISTA members and their dependents.

Scholarships

Justine M. Harrell Memorial Scholarship

Eligible: High school seniors who are dependents of current ISTA members

This scholarship is open to a high school senior who plans to become a teacher. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded for a total of four years if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA enrolled in a teaching 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 May. 

Questions? Contact Cheryl Cherry.

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Louis B. Russell Scholarship

Eligible: High school seniors who are dependents of current ISTA members

This scholarship is open to a minority 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 May.

Questions? Contact Cheryl Cherry.

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ISTA Foundation National Board Certification Scholarship

Eligible: ISTA members

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 annually funds candidates up to $500 until the $2,400 allocation is exhausted.

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 18, 2016. 

View the 2016 ISTA Foundation National Board Certification Scholarship awardees.

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ISTA Foundation District Scholarship

Eligible: High school seniors who are dependents of current ISTA members

This scholarship is open to graduates of a public high school in December or May/June of the year of application who had at least a C average, plan to participate in a formal accredited training program (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 grants $700 to a District Council, including ISTA-Retired and education support professionals, that determines how the scholarship is awarded locally. Nominations should be submitted from Feb. – April 1 to the local president or UniServ director. In April, the District Councils select recipients. Scholarship checks are mailed directly to the scholarship awardees in June.

Questions? Contact Cheryl Cherry.

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Educator Scholarship

Eligible: 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 May.

Questions? Email Cheryl Cherry.

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Damon P. Moore Scholarship

Eligible: High school seniors who are dependents of current ISTA members

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 May.

Questions? Email Cheryl Cherry.

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Career Scholarship

Eligible: 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 May.

Questions? Email Cheryl Cherry.

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Grants

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.

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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 program/project’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 postmarked 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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Awards 

Quality Local Association

Eligible: Local associations 

This award is offered to strengthen local associations by providing an incentive for local organizational development. Award criteria can be found on the nomination form.

Nomination deadline is Oct. 1 with the award presentation at an ISTA event. The Governance Committee will evaluate the nominations and make recommendations to the ISTA president. Nominees will receive an application status by Dec. 1.

Questions? Contact Keith Gambill.

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School Bell

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 at an ISTA event. 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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Phillip Carey for Human Relations

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 at an ISTA event. The Minority Affairs Committee will evaluate nominations and make recommendations to the board of directors.

Questions? Contact Ann Wilkins.

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Pacesetter

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

This award recognizes 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.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presentation at an ISTA event.

Questions? Contact Sherri Purdue.

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N. Robert Montfort Communications

Eligible: ISTA members and local associations

This award recognizes outstanding communications efforts of members and local affiliates. One entry per local association is permitted. Nominations should include newspapers, newsletters, editorials, legislative bulletins, political action committee newsletters, communications plans or other innovative communications efforts to be considered for the award. All entries, with the exception of editorials, must include printed reference to the local’s affiliation with ISTA and NEA or include the United Education Profession 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 presented at an ISTA event.

Questions? Contact Diana Crum.

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Outstanding Treasurer

Eligible: Local association treasurers

This award recognizes well-trained, hard-working local treasurers for their service and dedication to the education profession and the Association. Nomination criteria includes membership dues, financial records and training. All local treasurers who meet the criteria will receive the award when nominated. Nomination forms are sent to local association presidents in August of each year. Nominations must be completed and returned to ISTA treasurer postmarked by Sept. 30.

Questions? Contact Callie Marksbary.

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Minority Educator

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 presented at an ISTA event. The Minority Affairs Committee will evaluate nominations and make recommendations to the board of directors.

Questions? Contact Ann Wilkins.

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Lifetime Achievement

Eligible: Retiring ISTA members 

This award recognizes members in the year of their retirement or the year immediately following retirement. 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 presented at an ISTA event. The names of honorees are placed on a plaque in the ISTA building.

Questions? Contact Diana Crum.

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J.D. Miller Young Activist

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. Nominations may be self-nominated or submitted by an ISTA member and must include the endorsement of at least 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 presented at an ISTA event. The ISTA Executive Committee will recommend a nominee to the board of directors.

Questions? Contact Sherri Purdue.

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ISTA Hoosier Educator of the Year

Eligible: ISTA members

This award is presented in partnership with Horace Mann Educators Corporation. The award recognizes an ISTA member who exemplifies teaching excellence, advocacy for the profession, community engagement and leadership in professional development. Nominations must be made by an ISTA member based on the following criteria:

  • Professional Practice: The nominee demonstrates instructional expertise, creativity and innovation. The nominee uses a variety of pedagogical techniques and effectively addresses students’ different learning styles and needs. The nominee is an instructional leader at the local, state and/or national level (15 points).

  • Advocacy for the Profession: The nominee is a current, active member of the local, state and/or National Education Association and has assumed leadership roles at one or more of these levels. The nominee is an active member of other professional organizations and engages in activities that advance the profession and public education. The nominee speaks out on behalf of public education, educators and students (15 points).

  • Community Engagement: The nominee frequently interacts with parents and other community members on substantive education issues. The nominee brings community resources to the classroom and conducts service learning projects with his or her students in the community (5 points).

  • Leadership in Professional Development: The nominee continually engages in experiences to improve his or her practice and to gain new skills and knowledge. The nominee shares this new learning with colleagues in a variety of venues. The nominee’s participation in and commitment to professional development has a visible impact on his or her institution, students and community (10 points).

  • Attention to Diversity: The nominee works to provide a learning environment that meets the needs of all students, regardless of differences. The nominee recognizes and explicitly addresses the full array of values, cultures and experiences represented in our diverse modern society, both through curriculum and instruction and in other interactions with students (5 points).

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.

Questions? Contact Angela Miller.

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Friend of Education

Eligible: Community supporters of public education

This award recognizes an individual and/or organization whose leadership and support have contributed to the improvement of Indiana’s public education. 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 a selection committee appointed by the ISTA president.

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

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David Hanna Golden Touch

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 presented at an ISTA event.

Questions? Contact Craig Blume and Becky Koerner.

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ESP of the Year

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 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.

Nomination deadline is March 1 with the award presented 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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Community Service

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 at the ISTA Summer Conference.

Questions? Contact John O’Neal.

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