Dunham Fund Scholarship - For EDUCATION

The Dunham Fund Scholarship – For EDUCATION provides financial support for North Central College students from the greater Aurora area who are majoring in education and have aspirations to teach in the Aurora community. Open to incoming new and continuing students who meet the criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must be a resident of the Dunham Fund service area (bounded on the north by Illinois State Route 38; on the south by U.S. Route 34; on the east by Illinois State Route 59 and on the west by Illinois State Route 47).

In addition, applicants must be …

  • a full-time student working toward attainment of a degree in education and have a
  • desire to be an elementary or secondary education teacher, with
  • hopes of teaching in Aurora.
  • ACT score with writing of 22 or higher and minimum cumulative GPA in high school of 3.0 (or for Transfer students, minimum cumulative GPA in College of 3.0) are required.

Participation is an essential and required part of this scholarship; participation includes Dunham Scholars meetings; annual luncheon with the Dunham Fund Board; completing required Dunham Scholar job shadows, field experiences, residency (student teaching) at Aurora schools; and volunteer experiences in the Aurora community.

Students currently receiving the Dunham Fund Scholarship – For EDUCATION do not need to re-apply every year. Renewal will be considered based on the student continuing to meet the criteria for the scholarship and based on the student’s past and continued participation in the program. IN ADDITION, the student that is under consideration for renewal also needs to be in good standing with the Office of Student Affairs at North Central, progressing toward a degree in Education by meeting gateway competencies, and in good standing with the Department of Education.

Letters of Commitment are requested each academic year a student receives the scholarship.

Dunham Fund Scholarship
Annual scholarship of $5,000 as first-year students and sophomores and up to $7,500 as juniors and seniors.
Supplemental Questions
  1. In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must have attended one of these high schools/community colleges. Please select the school you attended.
  2. Where will you be living during the 2019-20 academic year?
  3. If you are selected as a recipient of this scholarship, will you be FULL-TIME (12-18 credit hours per semester) for the 2019-20 academic year?
  4. Have you filed the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? If you have U.S. Citizenship or are an Eligible Non-Citizen, then filing the 2019-20 FAFSA is required for this scholarship. (Please file your 2019-20 FAFSA as soon as possible using 2017 tax information.) Please pick the answer that best describes your status.
  5. Please provide a short essay (300-400 words) covering the following two questions: Why do you want to become a teacher? What would it mean to you to be able to teach at a school in Aurora?
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