IFIE Scholarship

Indiana Foundation for the Improvement of Education (IFIE)


IFIE is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, committed to continuing education and training of teachers and other school personnel. IFIE promotes public education by engaging community partners and sharing the success of Indiana’s public schools.


IFIE offers scholarships through area ISTA district councils.  The scholarship dollar amount for each district council will be determined in January.  For 2015, the amount was $700 per district council.


IFIE also offers support in the form of scholarships for The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) which is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting excellence in education by enhancing overall educator effectiveness and recognizing and rewarding highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards.


IFIE partnerships to promote education include:


  • The Indiana Youth Institute—An organization that promotes the healthy development of children and youth by serving the institutions and people of Indiana who work on their behalf.  IYI’s website at: www.IYI.org is a great resource for those who work with youth.
  • D.R.E.A.M. Alive, Inc.—The Indianapolis-based 501(c)(3) group offers programs in Indianapolis urban schools for students in grades seven through 12. The D.R.E.A.M. Alive organization was founded by Tarik Glenn, a former offensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts. Learn more at: www.dreamaliveinc.org.

  • All-Star Reading Team—The community-based reading program is offered by the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Members of the Pacers All-Star Reading Team visit area schools along with ISTA state officers to read with students along with the help of Pacer mascot Boomer.  For more information, go to: http://www.nba.com/pacers/community-relations-education.




Scholarship Amount

  • The dollar amount per governance District Council, including ISTA-Retired and Education Support Professionals will be $700. This dollar amount may be given to one individual or divided among multiple recipients.
  • Each District Council is responsible for determining the selection process of the recipient.


  • Candidate must be a child, stepchild, grandchild or step grandchild of an ISTA member.
  • Candidate must have at least a C average in high school.
  • Candidate graduated from a public high school in December or will graduate in May/June.
  • Candidate will continue his/her education at a formal accredited training program (apprenticeship, trade school, cosmetology, etc.) or will attend a 2 to 4 year accredited college or university
  • Candidate does not have to attend high school in the same ISTA district where the member teaches.
  • Candidate does not have to live with the ISTA member.


Important Dates

  • February thru April 1: Submit nomination forms to either your local president or UniServ Director.
  • April 1: Nomination forms must be in the UniServ Office to be eligible.
  • April: During this month the District Council will select the recipient(s).
  • May: UniServ Office will send the completed announcement form to: Cheryl Cherry via email at ccherry@ista-in.org or by FAX: 800-777-6128
  • June: Scholarship checks are mailed.