original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, but not limited to, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam).
(b) In order to encourage academically talented Illinois minority
students to pursue teaching careers at the preschool or elementary or
level, each qualified student shall be awarded a minority teacher
scholarship to any qualified Illinois institution of higher learning.
However, preference may be given to qualified applicants enrolled at or above
(c) Each minority teacher scholarship awarded under this Section shall
be in an amount sufficient to pay the tuition and fees and room and board
costs of the qualified Illinois institution of higher learning at which the
recipient is enrolled, up to an annual maximum of $5,000;
the case of a recipient who does not reside on-campus at the institution at
which he or she is enrolled, the amount of the scholarship shall be
sufficient to pay tuition and fee expenses and a commuter allowance, up to
an annual maximum of $5,000.
(d) The total amount of minority teacher scholarship assistance awarded by
the Commission under this Section to an individual in any given fiscal
year, when added to other financial assistance awarded to that individual
for that year, shall not exceed the cost of attendance at the institution
at which the student is enrolled. If the amount of minority teacher
scholarship to be awarded to a qualified student as provided in
subsection (c) of this Section exceeds the cost of attendance at the
institution at which the student is enrolled, the minority teacher
scholarship shall be reduced by an amount equal to the amount by which the
combined financial assistance available to the student exceeds the cost
(e) The maximum number of academic terms for which a qualified
can receive minority teacher scholarship assistance shall be 8 semesters or
(f) In any academic year for which an eligible applicant under this
Section accepts financial assistance through the Paul Douglas Teacher
Scholarship Program, as authorized by Section 551 et seq. of the Higher
Education Act of 1965, the applicant shall not be eligible for scholarship
assistance awarded under this Section.
(g) All applications for minority teacher scholarships to be awarded
under this Section shall be made to the Commission on forms which the
Commission shall provide for eligible applicants. The form of applications
and the information required to be set forth therein shall be determined by
the Commission, and the Commission shall require eligible applicants to
submit with their applications such supporting documents or recommendations
as the Commission deems necessary.
(h) Subject to a separate appropriation for such purposes, payment of
any minority teacher scholarship awarded under this Section shall be
determined by the Commission. All scholarship funds distributed in
accordance with this subsection shall be paid to the institution and used
only for payment of the tuition and fee and room and board expenses
incurred by the student in connection with his or her attendance at a qualified Illinois institution of higher
learning. Any minority teacher scholarship awarded under this Section
shall be applicable to 2 semesters or 3 quarters of enrollment. If a
qualified student withdraws from enrollment prior to completion of the
first semester or quarter for which the minority teacher scholarship is
applicable, the school shall refund to the Commission the full amount of the
minority teacher scholarship.
(i) The Commission shall administer the minority teacher scholarship aid
program established by this Section and shall make all necessary and proper
rules not inconsistent with this Section for its effective implementation.
(j) When an appropriation to the Commission for a given fiscal year is
insufficient to provide scholarships to all qualified students, the
Commission shall allocate the appropriation in accordance with this
subsection. If funds are insufficient to provide all qualified students
with a scholarship as authorized by this Section, the Commission shall
allocate the available scholarship funds for that fiscal year on the basis
of the date the Commission receives a complete application form.
(k) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (j) or any other
provision of this Section, at least 30% of the funds appropriated for
scholarships awarded under this Section in each fiscal year shall be reserved
for qualified male minority applicants.
If the Commission does not receive enough applications from qualified male
minorities on or before
January 1 of each fiscal year to award 30% of the funds appropriated for these
scholarships to qualified
male minority applicants, then the Commission may award a portion of the
reserved funds to qualified
female minority applicants.
(l) Prior to receiving scholarship assistance for any academic year,
each recipient of a minority teacher scholarship awarded under this Section
shall be required by the Commission to sign an agreement under which the
recipient pledges that, within the one-year period following the
of the program for which the recipient was awarded a minority
teacher scholarship, the recipient (i) shall begin teaching for a
period of not less
than one year for each year of scholarship assistance he or she was awarded
under this Section; and (ii) shall fulfill this teaching obligation at a
nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary school,
or secondary school at which no less than 30% of the enrolled students are
minority students in the year during which the recipient begins teaching at the
school; and (iii) shall, upon request by the Commission, provide the Commission
with evidence that he or she is fulfilling or has fulfilled the terms of the
teaching agreement provided for in this subsection.
(m) If a recipient of a minority teacher scholarship awarded under this
Section fails to fulfill the teaching obligation set forth in subsection
(l) of this Section, the Commission shall require the recipient to repay
the amount of the scholarships received, prorated according to the fraction
of the teaching obligation not completed, at a rate of interest equal to
5%, and, if applicable, reasonable collection fees.
The Commission is authorized to establish rules relating to its collection
activities for repayment of scholarships under this Section. All repayments
collected under this Section shall be forwarded to the State Comptroller for
deposit into the State's General Revenue Fund.
(n) A recipient of minority teacher scholarship shall not be considered
in violation of the agreement entered into pursuant to subsection (l) if
the recipient (i) enrolls on a full time basis as a graduate student in a
course of study related to the field of teaching at a qualified Illinois
institution of higher learning; (ii) is serving, not in excess of 3 years,
as a member of the armed services of the United States; (iii) is
a person with a temporary total disability for a period of time not to exceed 3 years as
established by sworn affidavit of a qualified physician; (iv) is seeking
and unable to find full time employment as a teacher at an Illinois public,
private, or parochial preschool or elementary or secondary school that
criteria set forth in subsection (l) of this Section and is able to provide
evidence of that fact; (v) becomes a person with a permanent total disability as
established by sworn affidavit of a qualified physician; (vi) is taking additional courses, on at least a half-time basis, needed to obtain licensure as a teacher in Illinois; or (vii) is fulfilling teaching requirements associated with other programs administered by the Commission and cannot concurrently fulfill them under this Section in a period of time equal to the length of the teaching obligation.
(o) Scholarship recipients under this Section who withdraw from
a program of teacher education but remain enrolled in school
to continue their postsecondary studies in another academic discipline shall
not be required to commence repayment of their Minority Teachers of Illinois
scholarship so long as they remain enrolled in school on a full-time basis or
if they can document for the Commission special circumstances that warrant
extension of repayment.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 100-235, eff. 6-1-18