Scholarships Program

Financial assistance is available to help with professional development; recognizing a combination of past achievement, personal and institutional commitment, potential benefit, and financial need.

Financial Support for Professional Development

As the preeminent association for higher education information technology professionals, EDUCAUSE offers one of the most comprehensive, respected programs of immersive learning opportunities available. More than 17,000 college and university professionals meet every year at EDUCAUSE events to develop the leadership and management skills, content knowledge, and professional relationships needed to enable their institutions to advance.

EDUCAUSE Scholarships

EDUCAUSE ScholarshipsTM are an extension of our commitment to those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level within higher education. EDUCAUSE Scholarships are funded by the community (e.g., member dues) and from generous donations from corporate sponsors. EDUCAUSE Scholars select the upcoming event of their choice from among the eligible EDUCAUSE offerings that align with their professional needs and the strategic directions of their institution.

We also sponsor two awards honoring the leadership and contributions of two specific individuals . . .


Jane N. Ryland Memorial Scholarship

The Jane N. Ryland Memorial Scholarship 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. Fellows select the event of their choice from among the eligible EDUCAUSE offerings that aligns with their professional needs and the strategic directions of his or her institution.

Jane N. Ryland
In Recognition Of...

Jane N. Ryland, as president of EDUCAUSE from 1986 to 1998, recognized the importance of educational programs to support and develop information technology professionals throughout higher education.


Diane Balestri Memorial Scholarship

The Balestri Scholarship exists to help women attend an EDUCAUSE event to build knowledge and their professional network, thereby taking steps 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.

Diane P. Balestri
In Recognition Of...

Diane 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.


View the EDUCAUSE Scholarship Committee.