Deborah J. Fox, Assistant Dean
Illinois State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus Box 4100
Normal, IL 61790
Joanne Giordano Ford graduated from Illinois State University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Motivated by her love of children, it was her intention to commit her professional life to classroom teaching. Health circumstances prohibited the realization of that dream. Instead, Joanne was able to apply her creative talent to work in floral design, arts and crafts. The elegance and beauty of her work enhanced special occasions of all kinds. She remained a caring friend and advocate of children and animals throughout her life.
Joanne Giordano Ford died on November 2, 2006. In loving memory, Gerald Giordano, brother of Joanne, created the Joanne Giordano Ford Education Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support educational expenses for students preparing to commit their lives to teaching. In this way, the unmet dream of Joanne can be realized through the professional commitment of these who benefit from this fund.
Each candidate for an award from the Joanne Giordano Fund must be or have:
A. Enrolled in good standing at Illinois State University, having earned a minimum of 60 credit hours.
B. A declared major in a teaching discipline within the College of Arts and Sciences.
C. Demonstrated strong academic achievement, as evidenced by a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
D. Demonstrated financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office at Illinois State University.
E. Used for educational expenses, including tuition, fees, and/or costs associated with student teaching. Award is applied to expenses incurred the semester following selection of the recipient.
Two awards of $750 each will be made. The award will be deposited in the recipient’s Illinois State University account at the beginning of the fall semester to help cover educational expenses.
Letters of application and a personal statement are due in the College Office (Stevenson 141) by 4:00 p.m. on February 3, 2014. Letters of recommendation accepted, but not required.