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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 two $1,000.00 scholarships to 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.

The 2022-2023 application is now open and will close on January 31, 2023.


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


Join us in congratulating and celebrating the 2022 Presidential Scholarship Recipients

Kelly Blakey

Kelly Blakely graduated from Miami University in 2008 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education.She spent five years as an Essential Skills teacher at Maple Grove Elementary in Center Grove Schools. From there, she left the classroom to stay home with her children for several years. In 2017, she joined the Developmental Preschool team in Center Grove at Sugar Grove and currently serves as the teacher lead. In her role, she coordinates training and student support team meetings for the team, leads the grade level PLC, and covers many administrative responsibilities. Kelly is the teacher trainer for the district in ISPROUT, and is a member of the Preschool Assessment team where she attends all initial case conferences for students transitioning into the preschool program. She also serves as a member of the Sugar Grove Elementary Guiding Coalition and Leadership teams. Kelly is passionate about supporting young learners and their families as they transition to school-based services. 

Currently, Kelly is pursuing her Master’s in Special Education, with a Director of Exceptional Needs License, through Ball State University. She also is a professional member of CEC, NAEYC, and ICASE. Kelly was recommended for the ICASE Presidential Scholarship by Khailey Brown, Director of Elementary Special Education in Center Grove Schools, and Kristin Rodman, Principal of Sugar Grove Elementary. 

In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys crafting, reading and spending time cheering on her children in their various activities. 

Traci Henn

Traci Henn is a Special Education teacher for Elkhart Community Schools serving the non-public student population. Prior to being at Elkhart, she was a special education teacher for Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Indiana. She was hired as a special education teacher at Wawasee in 2015. She became the department chair in the fall of 2017, which gave her the opportunity to mentor and collaborate with teachers implementing best practices for students. During the 2018 school year, Traci collaborated with the CTE department, designing and facilitating a unique work-based learning program for special education students on the certificate of completion pathway. This program is giving students the opportunity to earn credits while gaining valuable job skills.

Traci earned her masters in Science of Education at Purdue University, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, she took part in the Purdue Leadership program gaining valuable experience in leadership and teaching. Traci was honored as the INCEC 2021 Special Education Teacher of the Year. She is currently pursuing her Director of Exceptional Needs Licensure at the University of Indianapolis.

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