IALAS Scholarship Program
It is the goal of the IALAS Scholarship Program to support our vision of unifying and cultivating Latino educational leaders for the purpose of empowering and inspiring all students.
Why a IALAS Scholarship Program?
As you may be aware, Illinois is currently facing a shortage of teachers due to factors such as State funding issues, licensure difficulties and other issues. It is time, as educators, that we unite forces and seek ways to support those who aspire to become teachers and make a difference in our students’ lives. Remember that teaching creates all other professions and, as educators, we all need to be supportive of one another.
This scholarship program will offer financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students towards either a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in those hard-to-fill positions in education. Hard-to-fill positions include Bilingual teachers at all grade levels, Bilingual Special Education teacher, Psychologists, and Speech-Language Pathologists.
This may be a small contribution, but it is IALAS’ contribution towards the dream of all school districts being able to staff every single classroom with teachers, including those hard-to-fill positions that, often times, remain unfilled; affecting the quality of instructional time and curriculum provided to our students.
The purpose of the IALAS Mentoring Program is to increase the number of successful Latino/Latina administrators, committed to closing the Latino/Latina student achievement gap. We believe that one of the most effective ways to achieve combating the gap among Latino students is to provide mentoring opportunities to educational professionals in the field, which would foster their understanding and enhance their future career endeavors. We offer 1:1 mentoring services based on the needs of the mentee, but both parties will determine what this relationship will look like. Please complete this survey so that we may be better equipped to gauge interest. Thank you.
If you are interested in being a mentor, sign up here.
If you are interested in finding a mentor to support your leadership growth, sign up here.