The recipient shall be a full-time student, majoring in Elementary Education, accepted to EIU. The scholarship recipient shall be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. The recipient shall have a 3.25 overall GPA and major GPA of at least 3.5 in Elementary Education coursework. The selection committee shall require an essay of the applicants. Applicants should outline why they want to pursue a career in teaching at the elementary education school level as a profession. The scholarship will be given to a student whose hometown is within a 100 mile radius of Charleston. The scholarship shall be given as an incentive to achieve success and preference shall be given to a student who demonstrates the greatest potential for lifetime success as a teacher. Financial need shall be a consideration at the Selection Committees discretion. The recipient may only receive the scholarship once. Applications will become available beginning November 1st.