Janice S. Jones Scholarship Program

Teacher Scholarships

Applications are being accepted now through January 18, 2021. Candidates are welcome to apply for one or both scholarships within a single application. 

Janice Jones Education Scholarship

"...I have always valued my association with AAEE for information, professional contacts and personal contacts. You just can’t beat good relationships. As a retiree, I still enjoy my AAEE friends and the information received from the National Office..." - Ms. Janice S. Jones, 2007

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The American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE), an organization which promotes professional standards and practices in teacher preparation and job recruitment, recognizes a national shortage of candidates preparing for careers in certain teaching fields as well as teachers of color. This scholarship program is designed to address these needs by providing two $1,000 awards annually.

The Janice S. Jones Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of Janice Jones, the 2002-2003 President of AAEE. In 2005, she received the Priscilla A. Scotlan Award for Distinguished Service; subsequently, she served as a consultant to the AAEE Board of Directors from 2005 until her death in 2007. Janice was a lifelong resident of Evanston, Illinois. Dedicated to the Evanston community, she began teaching Special Education. She taught for 14 years, with a two-year hiatus in Bermuda as an educator for the U.S. Department of Defense. Her final position, which she held for 18 years, was Director of Human Resources with Evanston Township High School District 202. She retired in 2004. An ardent proponent of quality education for all, she was well known for her lifelong advocacy of services for students with special needs. She was also recognized as an outstanding mentor for minority students studying to become teachers.

Janice was a consummate professional who exemplified the values of AAEE. The scholarship fund that bears her name exists to carry on her tradition of excellence in education and leadership. Its goal is to support emerging educators who have demonstrated promise and commitment.

Critical Need Teacher Scholarship

Student Eligibility

Candidates for this award will be enrolled in a teacher preparation program through an accredited institution of higher education and will continue in the Spring 2021 semester as full-time students. Only students from a college or university holding institutional membership in AAEE are eligible to participate. This award is a one-time, non- renewable $1,000 grant designed to assist in the career development of these promising teacher candidates in the identified critical need areas.

Selection Criteria

Students applying for the Critical Need Teacher Scholarship must be any student formally accepted in one of the following "critical need area" as identified by the AAEE Executive Board based on "Supply and Demand" research.

Students will submit the application online and may be asked to provide additional information such as an essay and/or official transcripts. Candidates will be selected through a consideration of their academic success, service to college and/or community, and potential to achieve excellence as a teacher.

Application Procedures

Applications will be available through the AAEE website. Candidates are welcome to apply for one or both scholarships within a single application. Applications are due by January 18, 2021 and will be reviewed by the AAEE Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee will then make recommendations (including alternates) to the AAEE Executive Board. Recipients will be informed and awarded monies during the Spring semester 2021.

Areas of Certification Approved for the Critical Need Teacher Scholarship

    • Bilingual Education/Multicultural
    • Chemistry
    • Language: American Sign Language
    • Language: Arabic
    • Language: Chinese
    • Language: Classical
    • Language: Russian
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Special Education (all categories)
    • Speech Pathology

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      Teacher of Color Scholarship

      Student Eligibility

      Candidates for this award will be enrolled in a teacher preparation program through an accredited institution of higher education and will continue in the Spring 2021 semester as full-time students. Only students from a college or university holding institutional membership in AAEE are eligible to participate. This award is a one-time, non- renewable $1,000 grant designed to assist in the career development of these promising teacher candidates of color.

      Selection Criteria

      Students will submit the application online and may be asked to provide additional information such as an essay and/or official transcripts. Candidates will be selected through a consideration of their academic success, service to college and/or community, and potential to achieve excellence as a teacher.

      Application Procedures

      Applications will be available through the AAEE website. Candidates are welcome to apply for one or both scholarships within a single application. Applications are due by January 18, 2021 and will be reviewed by the AAEE Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee will then make recommendations (including alternates) to the AAEE Executive Board. Recipients will be informed and awarded monies during the Spring semester 2021. .


      Students applying for the Teacher of Color Scholarship must meet one of the following definitions:

      • African American/Black - a person having origins in any of the black racial groups in Africa;
      • Hispanic American - a person of Spanish or Portuguese culture with origins in Mexico, South or Central America, or the Caribbean Islands, regardless of race;
      • Asian American - a person with origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, including Pakistan, and the Pacific Islands (including, among others, Hawaii, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia); 
      • Native American - a person who is a member of a federally or state recognized Indian tribe, or whose parents or grandparents have such membership, including the native people of Alaska.


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      Eligible Colleges/Universities

      • Albright College 
      • Appalachian State University
      • Aquinas College 
      • Arcadia University 
      • Ashland University 
      • Augusta University 
      • Augustana University 
      • Baldwin Wallace University 
      • Ball State University 
      • Baylor University 
      • Bemidji State University 
      • Berry College 
      • Brandeis University 
      • Brigham Young University 
      • Bucknell University 
      • Buffalo State College 
      • BYU Idaho 
      • Caldwell University 
      • California State University at San Marcos 
      • California University of Pennsylvania 
      • Carroll College 
      • Central College 
      • Clarion University 
      • College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University 
      • College of William & Mary 
      • Colorado Christian University 
      • Concordia University - Seward 
      • Defiance College 
      • Dixie State University 
      • Dominican University 
      • Duquesne University 
      • Elon University 
      • Emporia State University 
      • Fairfield University 
      • Fort Hays State University 
      • Grand Valley State University 
      • Grove City College 
      • Hamline University 
      • Hunter College 
      • Huntington University 
      • Illinois State University 
      • Illinois Wesleyan University 
      • Indiana University - Bloomington 
      • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
      • Jacksonville State University 
      • James Madison University 
      • John Carroll University
      • Kansas State University
      • Kent State University 
      • Kutztown University 
      • Le Moyne College 
      • Lebanon Valley College 
      • Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling 
      • Luther College 
      • Mayville State University 
      • Mercyhurst University 
      • Miami University 
      • Midwestern State University 
      • Missouri State University 
      • Nazareth College 
      • Neumann University 
      • New Jersey City University 
      • New York Institute of Technology 
      • Niagara University 
      • Norfolk State University 
      • Northeastern Illinois University 
      • Northern Kentucky University 
      • Oklahoma State University 
      • Old Dominion University 
      • Penn State University Park 
      • Peru State College 
      • Purdue University 
      • Regis University CO 
      • Rhode Island College 
      • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College 
      • Saint Mary's College 
      • Salisbury University 
      • Sam Houston State University 
      • Seattle University 
      • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 
      • Southern Utah University 
      • Springfield College 
      • St. Cloud State University 
      • St. Norbert College 
      • St. Thomas Aquinas College 
      • State University of New York at Fredonia 
      • SUNY College at Cortland 
      • SUNY Oswego 
      • Temple University 
      • Tennessee Technological University 
      • Texas Tech University 
      • The University of Iowa 
      • UNC Charlotte 
      • UNC Greensboro 
      • University of Alaska Fairbanks
      • University of Central Missouri 
      • University of Delaware 
      • University of Georgia 
      • University of Kansas 
      • University of Louisville 
      • University of Maine 
      • University of Michigan-Dearborn 
      • University of Minnesota at Morris 
      • University of Missouri Columbia 
      • University of Missouri-St. Louis 
      • University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
      • University of New Mexico 
      • University of Northern Colorado 
      • University of Northern Iowa 
      • University of South Carolina 
      • University of Southern Mississippi 
      • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
      • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
      • University of Texas at Dallas
      • University of Texas at El Paso 
      • University of Texas Austin 
      • University of Utah 
      • University of West Alabama 
      • University of Wisconsin-Madison 
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout 
      • University of Wyoming 
      • Upper Iowa University 
      • Utah State University 
      • Utah Valley University 
      • Utica College 
      • Viterbo University 
      • Wartburg College 
      • Washburn University 
      • Washington & Jefferson College 
      • Washington State University 
      • Wayne State College NE 
      • Weber State University 
      • Webster University 
      • West Chester University of PA 
      • Western Carolina University 
      • Western Connecticut State University 
      • Western Michigan University 
      • Westfield State University 
      • Westminster College 
      • Whitworth University 
      • Wilkes University 
      • Wilmington University 
      • Xavier University 
      • York College of Pennsylvania


      Past Scholarship Recipients 

      2020 Critical Need Teacher Scholarship Winner

      Congratulations to Carlos Piedrasanta, recipient of the 2020 Janice S. Jones Critical Need Teacher Scholarship! 

      Carlos currently resides in Rockville, Maryland but lived in Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Mozambique before coming to the United States in 2007. He will graduate from Grinnell College in the Spring of 2020 with an Independent Major in Educational Studies and will receive his Iowa Teaching License in English Language Learning (ELL) and Social Studies in the Fall. Growing up, Carlos witnessed the importance of strong ELL programs and their significant role in supporting ELL students who often confront several challenges. For this reason, Carlos is determined to provide his future ELL students with a rigorous and supportive educational environment that encourages them to recognize, and ultimately grasp, their potential.

      Teacher of Color Scholarship Winner

      Congratulations to Cynthia Piepenbrink, recipient of the 2020 Janice S. Jones Teacher of Color Scholarship! 

      Cynthia Piepenbrink, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received her BA in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently completing her MA in Secondary Science Education, with an endorsement in Chemistry, at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Prior to beginning her studies at UNL, Cyndy worked as a laboratory technician at the University of Notre Dame and taught middle school science at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland. She hopes to use the platform of science education to connect her students to the broader scientific community.


      2019 Janice Jones Scholarship Winner

      Congratulations to Allison Moga, recipient of the 2019 Janice S. Jones Scholarship! 

      Allison Moga, originally from Royalton, Minnesota is currently pursuing a dual degree in Spanish Education and Teaching English as a Second Language with a double minor in Music and Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Winona State University. Currently, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in an effort to increase her knowledge about the Spanish language and culture. She intends to bring all the rich ideas, traditions, skills, and cherished experiences that she has acquired through volunteering, studying, and traveling to various countries to eventually inspire and connect with her future students.

      2019 Janice Jones Scholarship Winner

      Congratulations to Haley MacInerney, recipient of the 2019 Janice S. Jones Scholarship! 

      Haley is from Peosta, Iowa. She is double majoring in Spanish and Foreign Language education at the University of Iowa with an aspiration of obtaining her ESL endorsement post-graduation. Previously, she has studied and interned in Santiago, Chile and fell in love with Latin America. She will graduate in Spring 2020 and hopes to teach English in Latin America for a few years and then return to the states to teach Spanish; bringing with her the rich cultural and language knowledge to share in her classroom. She hopes to bring the passion and excitement for languages and cultures into each of her students' lives by making the language classroom an immersive experience.


      2018 Janice Jones Scholarship Winner

      Congratulations to Cambria Jones, recipient of the 2018 Janice S. Jones Scholarship! 

      Cambria is from Fullerton, California. She is a Mathematics and Spanish double major and is completing the Secondary Education Certification Program at Hanover College in southern Indiana. As part of her continual efforts to increase her Spanish fluency she is excited to study abroad in Spain in May of 2018! After she graduates in May of 2020 she is eager to share her love for Math and Spanish with her future middle school students. Her goal is to make a positive impact on her students just like her many influential teachers made a positive impact on her throughout her education.

      2017 Janice Jones Scholarship Winner

      Congratulations to our 2017 Janice Jones Scholarship Awardee, Bethany Schlipf!

      2017 Janice Jones Scholarship Winner - Bethany SchlipfBethany is from Gridley, Illinois. She is completing her BA in Bilingual Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and an ESL endorsement. She will graduate from Illinois State University in Spring 2019. Bethany has spent several weeks as a volunteer in Guatemala and Mexico. She hopes to use her love for Spanish and working with children by teaching students from low-income families in a rural or urban area. She also has a desire to teach abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.



      2016 Janice Jones Scholarship Winner

      Congratulations to Analesa Zimmerman, recipient of the 2016 Janice Jones Scholarship, an award of $800.

      Analesa is a native of Portland, Oregon. She received her BA in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon, an MA in Spanish from Portland State University, and is currently completing her Master in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College. She will graduate in Spring 2016 with her MAT in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and ESOL and bilingual endorsements. Prior to beginning her studies at Lewis and Clark, Analesa received a Fulbright grant to Mexico as an English Teaching Assistant. She hopes to work in the Portland area as a dual immersion teacher in the 2016-2017 school year. 

      UPDATE: Analesa is a third grade teacher in a dual immersion classroom at a Title I school in Milwaukie, Oregon. She reports, “Things are going great so far! It is my ideal teaching job.”

        

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