Established in 2013, the Ron and Carol Jean (McHenry) Martin Communication and Theatre Scholarship was created to award students of excellence in English Language Arts and Theatre Arts who are working toward a teacher certification for a career in education. Eligible applicants must be full-time students majoring in English Language Arts or Theatre Arts within the teacher certification program, accepted to Eastern Illinois University. Preference will be given to a student graduating from Paris, Paxton Buckley Loda, or a Joliet Township High School. If no student meets this criterion, then students attending high school in contiguous counties may be considered. In addition, preference will be given to an applicant interest in pursuing a career teaching Speech or Theatre. The recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.0. The selection committee shall verify that the recipient is making progress toward teacher certification. Financial need is a consideration. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page narrative describing their interest in pursuing a teaching career in English Language Arts, Theatre Arts, or a combination of both disciplines.