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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 1, 2021.


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


Lindsey Bailey

Lindsey Bailey attended Ball State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. From there, she went on to Indiana University where she earned a Master’s degree and Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. Lindsey practiced as a School Psychologist for 10 years with two special education cooperatives in southern Indiana. As a school psychologist, Lindsey is passionate about supporting students’ social emotional needs and collaborating with staff to provide students inclusive environments for learning. Her main area of interest is home-school collaboration with families in low socioeconomic areas.

This school year, Lindsey has transitioned into the role of Director of Special Education for North Lawrence Community schools. The district is in the process of making a big transition out of a special education cooperative and beginning to manage special education services on their own….during a global pandemic! In this new role, Lindsey is responsible for developing new special education policies and procedures. She is also charged with leading the district to implement more progressive practices and service delivery models in special education.

In her free time, Lindsey enjoys gardening, hiking, and boating with her husband and two sons. She is currently pursuing a Director of Exceptional Needs license at Indiana University.

Katie Taylor

Katie earned her bachelor's degree in speech/language pathology in 2008 and master's degree and teacher's license in deaf education in 2010 from Ball State University. She spent nine years as a teacher for students who are deaf/hard of hearing in various capacities such as preschool teacher, preschool through 12th grade itinerant for districts and cooperatives in rural, suburban and urban districts, and state-wide teacher of record. 

Katie is currently serving as a state-wide specialist in areas of deaf hard of hearing and primary age transition for the PATINS Project. She is currently pursuing a doctor of education degree in special education with a concentration in special education law and policy including a license as a director of exceptional needs at Ball State University. Her research interests and publication topics include universal design for learning, assistive technology, deaf education, and students with learning differences in reading/dyslexia. 

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