IRTA Foundation Scholarships 2023

The 2023 application and current guidelines for the IRTA Foundation Scholarship is now available.  Applications and current guidelines are posted on the IRTA website at and located under the Foundation tab. 

One $2,000 scholarship is available in each of the six IRTA Areas of the state.  These scholarships are only available to incoming juniors or seniors in college enrolled in a certified teacher training program.  The deadline to postmark or email applications is March 7, 2023.  Thanks to a generous private donation by an IRTA member, there is an additional $3,000 scholarship in Area 4 & Area 6. 

A newly created scholarship for 2023 is the Helen Kennedy Scholarship which has been established in memory of Mrs. Kennedy.  The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to one full-time Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in College with a declared major in Education.  The student may attend any accredited University but must be a graduate of an Illinois High School.

The Rose Sandstrom Scholarship is also new for 2023 and honor’s the legacy of Mrs. Sandstrom.  This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student entering their Senior year of college with a declared major in Physical Education.  The student must be attending either Monmouth College or Western Illinois University.

Another scholarship available in 2023, is the Moler-Austin Scholarship which offers two $4,500 scholarships to Kendall County high school graduates that will be entering their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year in college and with a declared major in Education.

Applications for any of the above scholarships must be postmarked or emailed and sent to the IRTA office on or before March 7, 2023, and the recipients will be announced by April 21, 2023. The awards will be given as follows: one half in June for the fall semester with the balance to be awarded in January upon registrar verification of a 3.0 or above GPA on a 4.0 scale.

If you have any questions or need assistance in obtaining an application, please contact Susan Goetz at or call 1.800.728.4782