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Mary F. English Technology Award

The Mary F. English Technology Award Program (MFETAP) was established at Illinois State University in Fall 2001 to assist and support selected students in pursuing the teaching professions and to encourage the use of technology in the classroom once they enter the field. This program is made possible with an endowment from benefactors, Dr. Robert and Mary English, who have an interest in the recruitment and retention of disadvantaged students in teacher education.


Recipients of this award, referred to as English Scholars, will receive a new lap top computer and be granted access to the Julia N. Visor Academic Center computer lab for their personal and professional use. In addition, students will receive technology training and academic support.


The Mary F. English Technology award is open to new freshmen, new transfer students and continuing Illinois State University students who meet certain criteria. Award recipients will be selected from a pool of students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.00 scale
  • Declared major in a teacher education program
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time student during the Fall 2016 semester
  • Maximum of 60 earned credit hours during the Spring 2016 semester
  • Demonstrated financial need or is a member of an underrepresented group

Twenty students are selected annually to receive the Mary F. English Technology Award.

Award Recipients Must:

  • Maintain full time enrollment at Illinois State University in a teacher education program for a minimum of two consecutive academic years.
  • Promptly return the lap top computer to the MFETA program staff if (1) the recipient leaves Illinois State University for any reason within the two-year period following the acceptance of this award, (2) pursues a non-teacher education program within the two-year period following the acceptance of this award, or (3) fails to complete the program requirements. Failure to comply could result in an encumbrance on the recipient's University records and a requirement to make full restitution for the cost of the computer and software.
  • First year program requirements
    • Attend the English Scholars Orientation or schedule a meeting with the English Scholars Graduate Assistant.
    • Meet monthly with English Scholar Graduate Assistant for academic coaching
    • Participate in English Scholar community activities
    • Attend the TCON, Friday, September 23, 2016
  • Year 2, 3, and 4 program requirements discussed at orientation in August 2015

How do I apply for this award?

If you wish to be considered for the Fall 2016 Mary F. English Technology Award and have been admitted to Illinois State University for the Fall 2016 semester or are a current Illinois State student, you must submit your application by Friday, April 15, 2016 full consideration.

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Lisa Lawless
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Illinois State University

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