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Jane N. Ryland Fellowship Program

The Jane N. Ryland Fellowship program was established to expand opportunities for information technology professionals to attend EDUCAUSE events, thus helping to build future leaders.

Awards are made on an annual basis, and preference is given to underserved individuals at financially challenged institutions. Allotted amounts will substantially or fully meet the costs of attending one EDUCAUSE educational event that aligns with the professional needs of the applicant and the strategic directions of his or her institution. Fellows select the event of their choice from among the eligible EDUCAUSE offerings. Grant monies are applied first to registration fees, then to transportation and housing costs.


Diane Balestri Memorial Scholarship

Women submitting grant applications to the Jane N. Ryland Fellowship Program will be considered for the Diane Balestri Memorial Scholarship.

The Balestri Scholarship exists to help women attend their first EDUCAUSE event and take a step toward becoming a strong member of the broader higher education IT community. It was established by the past Seminars on Academic Computing Board of Directors to honor the memory of Diane P. Balestri, former Vice President for Computing and Information Services at Vassar College, who died in 2002.


In Recognition Of...

Jane N. RylandJane N. Ryland, as president of CAUSE from 1986 to 1998, recognized the importance of educational programs to support and develop information technology professionals throughout higher education.
Diane P. BalestriDiane Balestri was a humanities scholar, academic dean, pioneer in the use of information technologies to support effective teaching and learning, an extraordinary collaborator, and an enthusiastic mentor.





Application for 2016 events has closed; award recipients were notified in November 2015.


Application for 2017 events will open in 2016; please check back at a later date.

Fellowship Comittee

Both the Ryland Fellowship and the Balestri Scholarship program awards are determined by the Fellowship Advisory Committee.

For questions or more information, please contact EDUCAUSE Member Services at 303-449-4430 or