No rule or regulation promulgated by the State Board of
Education prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993 pursuant
to the exercise of any right, power, duty, responsibility or matter of pending
business transferred from the State Board of Education to the Commission under
this Section shall be affected thereby, and all such rules and regulations
shall become the rules and regulations of the Commission until modified or
changed by the Commission in accordance with law.
If in any year the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of
scholarships to be awarded, the Commission shall give
priority in awarding scholarships to students in financial need. The
shall consider factors such as the applicant's
family income, the size of the applicant's family and the number of other
children in the applicant's family attending college in determining the
financial need of the individual.
Unless otherwise indicated, these scholarships shall be good for a period
of up to 4 years while the recipient is enrolled for residence credit at a
public or private university or college or at a community college. The
scholarship shall cover tuition, fees and a stipend of $1,500 per year.
For purposes of calculating scholarship awards for recipients attending
private universities or colleges, tuition and fees for students at private
colleges and universities shall not exceed the average tuition and fees for
students at 4-year public colleges and universities for the academic year
in which the scholarship is made.
(b) Upon graduation from or termination of enrollment
in a teacher education program, any person who accepted a scholarship under
the undergraduate scholarship program continued by this Section, including
persons whose graduation or termination of
enrollment occurred prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of
1993, shall teach in any school in
this State for at least 4 of the 7 years immediately following his or her
graduation or termination. If the recipient spends up to 4 years in
military service before or after he or she graduates, the period of
military service shall be excluded from the computation of that 7 year
period. A recipient who is enrolled full-time in an academic program
leading to a graduate degree in education shall have the period of graduate
study excluded from the computation of that 7 year period.
Any person who fails to fulfill the teaching requirement shall pay to the
Commission an amount equal to one-fourth of the
scholarship received for each unfulfilled year of the 4-year teaching
requirement, together with interest at 8% per year on that amount.
However, this obligation to repay does not apply when the failure to
fulfill the teaching requirement results from involuntarily leaving the
profession due to a decrease in the number of teachers employed by the
school board or a discontinuation of a type of teaching service under
Section 24-12 of the School Code or from the death or adjudication as
incompetent of the
person holding the scholarship. No claim for repayment may be filed
against the estate of such a decedent or incompetent.
Each person applying for such a scholarship shall be provided with
a copy of this subsection at the time he or she applies for the benefits
of such scholarship.
(c) This Section is substantially the same as Sections 30-14.5 and 30-14.6
School Code, which are repealed by this amendatory Act of 1993, and shall be
construed as a continuation of the teacher training undergraduate scholarship
established by that prior law, and not as a new or different teacher training
undergraduate scholarship program.
The State Board of Education shall transfer to the Commission, as the
successor to the State Board of Education for all purposes of administering
and implementing the provisions of this Section, all books, accounts, records,
papers, documents, contracts, agreements, and pending business in any way
relating to the teacher training undergraduate scholarship program
continued under this Section,
and all scholarships at any time awarded under that program
by, and all applications for any such scholarship
time made to, the State Board of Education shall be unaffected by the transfer
to the Commission of all responsibility for the administration and
implementation of the teacher training undergraduate scholarship
program continued under this
Section. The State Board of Education shall furnish to the Commission such
other information as the Commission may request to assist it in administering
(Source: P.A. 102-1030, eff. 5-27-22.)