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For more than 50 years, the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education (ICASE) members have worked tirelessly on improving the lives of students with disabilities. The mission of ICASE is to serve, support and represent special education administrators in Indiana in order to provide high impact learning opportunities for all students. One goal of ICASE is to build capacity among its members and continue to develop future leaders in special education.

To do this, ICASE awards $1000.00 scholarships to those individuals who are interested in becoming administrators in special education. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be nominated by a current special education director and enrolled in a special education licensing program.

Please submit completed application to kwilliams@thecorydongroup.com prior to December 11, 2020.


An eligible recipient must be accepted or currently enrolled in a Director of Exceptional Needs licensing program in the state of Indiana to be eligible.


  1. Application
  2. Two letters of recommendation, one from a current director of special education and another from immediate supervisor/administrator (principal, assistant principal, superintendent or program professor in the licensing program if currently taking classes
  3. Essay: "What contributions do I intend on making as an administrator in the field of Special Education?"

Scholarship Rubric


Julie Pettibone

Julie Pettibone earned her BS degree from St. Francis University. She spent five years teaching in self-contained ED classrooms at Monmouth Elementary in Decatur while working at Adams and Wells Special Services Cooperative. She moved to Southwest Allen County Schools 21 years ago and taught in self contained ED classrooms for secondary education students for 17 years. She sought a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and became Board Certified as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst on her journey to provide additional supports for the students in her community.

She currently works as Southwest Allen County Schools’ Autism/Behavior Consultant. She serves as her district’s Autism Consultant in the NE Roundtable, attends monthly and subcommittee meetings for Allen County’s System of Care, and works 1:1 with students, staff, and provides school wide trainings. She is currently finishing a second masters at Ball State University to obtain Director of Exceptional Needs Licensure.

She has a wonderful husband and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys reading professional journals, books, and sailing at Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Ohio. She is considering obtaining a doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis after a few years of taking some time off from classes. She hopes to find a position as a Special Education Director so she may share her expertise and knowledge on a broader scale.

Kari Walmer

Kari Walmer graduated from Grace College in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. She served as a special education teacher from 2007-2014 and, in 2014, transitioned into a more administrative role as a Special Services Coordinator for Warsaw Community Schools (WCS). In this capacity, she is able to provide professional development opportunities and assist teachers in meeting the unique needs of students. She is a social/emotional core team member, and a certified instructor of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), a suicide prevention program used at Warsaw Community Schools. She is also involved within the community by serving on the Board of Directors for Joe’s Kids, a non-profit pediatric rehabilitation clinic. Her current position not only allows her to have a significant influence on students, teachers, and staff but the opportunity to be an advocate for special education. Currently, she is attending Indiana University where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership as well as a Director of Exceptional Needs license.

She was recommended for the ICASE Presidential Scholarship by Dr. David Hoffert, Superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools and Amy Hobbs, Director of Special Services for Warsaw Community Schools.

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