Scholarship offered for NIU students

By Serena Moy

The NIU Student Advisory Committee for the College of Education is offering a scholarship for students getting a bachelor’s degree and a teacher’s certification.

SAC Chairman Tammy Engers said the committee began a fundraiser for the scholarship selling sweatshirts in the spring and fall of 1989.

The money raised, more than $1,000, will be divided into an undetermined number of scholarships, which the committee decides annually, Engers said.

SAC member Amy L. Davis said the committee wanted to be recognized and the best way to do it was with a fundraiser.

“We want to be more active,” Davis said. “We want the fundraiser to be an annual thing.”

SAC started in 1986 and has been going through growth and changes. Members change every semester because of students’ conflicting classes with set meetings, Davis said, adding sometimes new members are not well informed of previous actions.

“The members on it (SAC) are active,” Engers said. However, she said the committee needs to be more organized.

Terri Petersen, fundraising and award sub-committee chairman, said SAC collects information from committees, comments on it and approves ideas.

Advisory committee representatives serve on the University Council and deal with issues affecting the university, Davis said.

SAC advises College of Education Dean Dean Stegman, on all matters of students’ concern and on college and departmental academic program concerns, Davis said.

Engers said committee concerns include easing advisers’ work load, supporting the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award candidates, and scholarship fundraisers.

Departments within the college need to send representatives to the committee to express ideas and collect information, she said.

Engers said about 15 representatives on the committee set administrative guidelines for SAC.

The committee also advises the dean of the College of Education on ways to improve the quality of student college life and to honor outstanding student achievement and service, she said.

This spring, the committee is selling coffee mugs to raise the scholarship money for next year, Engers said.

Most money raised is put into the scholarship fund, although some money is used for Honors Day’s decorations or future fundraising, she said.

Students can pick up an application for the scholarship at Gable Hall 146 or Graham Hall 319. Applications are due March 2, 1990. Scholarship winners will be notified by April, Engers said.