The recipient(s) must be an incoming freshman student, incoming transfer student, or senior, accepted and registered at Eastern Illinois University as a full-time student, majoring in Career and Technical Education. Once a recipient receives the award as an incoming freshman or incoming transfer student, a senior is eligible to apply for the award again provided that the recipient still meets the criteria. The freshmen recipient(s) must be in the top 20% if his/her high school graduating class. The recipient(s) must submit an essay addressing the following: 1. characteristics that a good teacher must have, 2. why I want to be a teacher, and 3. why I want to teach career and technical education specifically. The transfer and/or senior recipient(s) must have an overall GPA of 2.65 to continue receiving the award. The award shall be announced in the spring and paid in the fall sememster to Eastern Illinois University and first applied against costs (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) associated with the recipient(s) attending Eastern Illinois University. Each award shall be a minimum of $500 annually.