Scholarship History:

This scholarship was established in honor of Barbara Cook and her twenty years of service to the LTAA as Executive Director.  She was instrumental in establishing the LTAA organizational standards, the hallmark scholarship program, as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the Alumni Office.  Prior to the LTAA, Barbara served as Registrar, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Acting Vice President of Student Affairs and had rank in the Department of Educational Foundations at Northeastern Illinois University.  Established 2016.

 Scholarship Award:

$2,500 total award to one (1) student.


  1. Lane Tech student with an expected June graduation date.
  2. The scholarship award is based on scholastic ability, academic excellence and financial need.
  3. Acceptance to an accredited college or university.
  4. Demonstrates a passionate interest in the study of Education.
  5. Commitment to major in Education.

Choose one (1) essay, 250-350 word maximum, length may vary.

Essay Option #1

Reflecting on your time at Lane Tech, how has your experience prepared you both for college and for pursuing study in the field of Education?

Essay Option #2

What moment in your life sparked your interest in Education and how do you plan to contribute to the field in the future?