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Karen Keener PROF Scholarship

At Parkland, we are committed to serving our community’s increasingly diverse population by creating a faculty that reflects our student body. One way we do this is by offering opportunities for underrepresented students to enter the field of college teaching.
Our Professors of the Future (PROF) program selects outstanding Parkland students and assists them in becoming community college teachers by providing financial and mentoring support. Our goal is to help these students complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees and, when opportunities are available, to have them return to teach at Parkland as PROF scholars. PROF scholars are encouraged to apply for any tenure-track positions that become available in their disciplines at Parkland.

Who can apply?
Any current or recent Parkland student who meets the following criteria may apply. The student:
  • must be a member of an underrepresented group within the discipline or program in which the student aspires to teach
  • must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident
  • must not already have a bachelor's degree
What are the academic requirements?

To qualify, a student must:
  • Complete at least 24 credit hours in the academic program the student hopes to teach in with a minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Have compelling academic promise
  • Set a career goal of teaching in a community college

After acceptance, the scholar must:   
  • Successfully transfer to a four-year college or university in the calendar year of the award
  • Complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the discipline declared during the application process
  • Participate in a mentoring relationship with a Parkland faculty member in the student’s discipline
  • Return to Parkland during the period of the scholarship to participate in student engagement activities
To apply:
  • The application process will reopen in Spring 2018. Click to view 2017 application.
  • Two letters of recommendation from Parkland faculty
  • A 750-1000-word essay sharing personal history, career goals, and experiential knowledge which make the applicant an exceptional candidate for this program
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including Parkland College
For more information email Dr. Umeeta Sadarangani or call 217/373-3868.
The Karen Keener PROF Scholar is supported by the Parkland College Foundation. Click to learn how you can help support this and other Parkland programs.

The PROF Scholarship was established in 1997 by the late Karen M. Keener, who joined the English faculty at Parkland College in 1970 and was chair of the Humanities Department when she retired in 2000. Professor Keener was a strong proponent of diversifying our faculty.


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