This scholarship was established in 2011 through a gift of the Estate of Norman E. Orr. Norman was raised on a farm near Bloomington and worked in local industry after high school, until ordered into active military service in 1951. Norman was discharged in 1953 and returned to his hometown to attend Illinois State Normal University. While at ISNU, he himself received a scholarship, and graduated in 1960. For a period following graduation, Norman was a business education teacher until re-entering military service as an armor officer and retired at the rank of colonel in 1982. During his military career, he served as tank commander in both Korea and Vietnam. In 1982, Norman was hired at H&R Block as a tax consultant. Later, he became the Fort Walton Beach city manager where he served for 15 years. He was also very active in the Elks Lodge of Fort Walton Beach, assuming significant positions locally and statewide. Norman was a man of commitment to excellence in everything he did. His gift of a scholarship continues his honorable work by assisting Illinois State University students in the same way he benefited during his college career.
(1 award available, $800) Recipient should be enrolled as a junior or senior student who plans to become a teacher and who has demonstrated a strong interest in the education profession. Each candidate should demonstrate academic achievement as evidenced by a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students should demonstrate financial need. All things being equal, preference will be given to a student who plans to serve, is serving, or has served in the United States military.
Financial Aid: Because this scholarship requires that you be eligible for financial aid, you must have completed a FAFSA.
FERPA Waiver: You must sign and submit the form with each application to be eligible for any award, but you are free to withhold any or all of the permissions listed. A clear scan or photograph of your FERPA waiver only will be accepted (on-campus scanning equipment is available at Milner Library).