This scholarship honors leaders in the field of digital learning who exemplify leadership qualities and who contribute to the field through the adoption of innovative practices or the contribution of new research to the field focused on the principles of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Advocacy). Learn more about the IDEA Committee and efforts at OLC Accelerate 2019.

Recipients will be recognized at the next OLC Accelerate conference with a commemorative plaque and will receive conference registration, two nights at the conference hotel, attendance at the IDEA Leadership in Digital Learning Luncheon, and a complimentary ticket to the OLC Awards & Leadership Ceremony and Reception during the conference.

Nominations and Submissions

The IDEA scholarship is evaluated on the nominee’s leadership and contributions to the field of online learning with focus on inclusion, diversity, equity, and advocacy.

Materials required for submission:

  • The nominee’s CV
  • Three letters of support addressing the evaluation criteria

Timeline of Important Dates:
June 10, 2019: Nominations due by 11:59pm ET
August 2, 2019: Nominees notified of award decisions
September 25, 2019: Deadline for award recipients to register for OLC Accelerate conference*
November 19, 2019: Awards & Leadership Ceremony and Reception at OLC Accelerate, 5-7pm ET*
November 21, 2019: IDEA Luncheon at OLC Accelerate, 12-1:20pm ET*

*Conference attendance is not required to accept the award. If attending, registration must be completed by the deadline. All scholarship recipients will be provided with a complimentary ticket to the IDEA Luncheon and Awards & Leadership Ceremony and Reception if attending the conference. All other expenses are the responsibility of the recipients.


For additional information, please contact:

Lynette O’Keefe
Director, Research Center
Online Learning Consortium

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