College of Education & Human Services

Educator Preparation

Lowell and Lois Lueck Non-Traditional Scholarship

The Lowell and Lois Lueck Non-Traditional Student Scholarship was established in May, 2008 to assist non-traditional students in teacher education programs. Both were non-traditional students while pursuing their advanced degrees. When asked about their motivation for establishing this scholarship, Lowell has stated “having been a non-traditional student while completing a masters and doctorate, I understand the need many students have for financial assistance”. Lois stated that “during our early years in Macomb I was a masters degree student with three small children, so I have experienced the struggle of pursuing an education while juggling many other responsibilities.” Not only were Lowell and Lois non-traditional students, but each of their three children have been non-traditional students at some time during their careers.

Lois earned a Master of Science Education counseling from Western Illinois University, and was the Guidance Director for Colchester Junior/Senior High School from 1974 to 1993, in Colchester, Illinois. Lowell’s professional career includes the position of Guidance Director for Rolfe and Prairie Community Schools in Iowa; Administrator at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa; Assistant Director and Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Western Illinois University from 1969-1993.

Two of the Luecks’ children have also attended Western Illinois University. Their daughter Diane received a Master of Arts in Sociology, and their son David received a Bachelor of Business and is completing a Master of Business Administration.

Since retirement Lois and Lowell have remained very active in the community, including Trinity Lutheran Church, and Western Illinois Museum where Lowell currently serves as Board Chairperson and Lois is Board Secretary. In addition, Lowell is a member of the Macomb Lion’s Club and serves on the Western Illinois Regional Council Board. Lois also tutors through the Spoon River college Literacy Program.


  • Full-time undergraduate students (junior and seniors) in teacher education program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Full-time graduate student in education must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must be 25 years of age or older.

TERMS Award amount varies based on annual interest earned on endowment.

Selection of recipient will be coordinated in the Office of Teacher Education, Horrabin Hall 40.

Scholarship Committee
Office of Teacher Education
Horrabin Hall 40
Western Illinois University
1 University Drive
Macomb, IL 61455
309 298-2117


RENEWABLE? Automatic renewal, recipient must maintain the GPA listed above, and remain a major in a teacher education program.