Janice S. Jones Scholarship Program

"Thank you for your dedication in helping future critical need teachers as well as future teachers of color. Your interest in our success impacts not only our ability to become the incredible teachers that we dream of, but our ability to teach our students to the best of our capacity, uninhibited by the loom of financial constraint." - Amy T., AAEE scholarship applicant

Teacher Scholarships

Applications for the current scholarship are CLOSED. Congratulations to our awardees!


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"...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

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.


Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Awardees!

2021 Critical Need Teacher Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to Tony Nicolalde, recipient of the 2021 Janice S. Jones Critical Need Teacher Scholarship!
Tony Nicolalde is a first-generation Ecuadorian American Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) who comes from Aurora, Illinois, and is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in Special Education with a focus on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Illinois State University. In addition to his degree, he is also pursuing minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies with bilingual approval to help Deaf/Hard of Hearing students whose families' native language is other than English. Tony also plans to create opportunities for more American Sign Language classes in high schools and the integration of STEAM in special education.
Teacher of Color Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to Nitsav Ben-Dan, recipient of the 2021 Janice S. Jones Teacher of Color Scholarship!
Nitsav Ben-Dan hails from New York; she is currently completing her BA in Adolescent Education and Social Studies at CUNY Hunter College. History is her first love, and working with students is a close second! She wholeheartedly believes that history is critical to understanding one’s place in the world and plans to provide her students with an engaging and lively social studies education.

Past Scholarship Recipients

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.

UPDATE: "I will be graduating this May, and I am hoping to find a position for this upcoming school year of 2021-22. I have several interviews lined up, so I am excited for what the future holds!"