Minorities in the Leadership of Education (MILE)

UNI leads the way toward increasing the presence of persons of color and traditionally underrepresented groups in school leadership positions.  With this goal in mind, MILE seaks to identify, recruit, enroll, and provide financial support to qulified aspiring school leaders of color. 


MILE Program Highlights:

  • Providing financial assistance for qualified aspiring school leaders of color
  • Educational Leadership program aligned with the Iowa Standards for School Leaders
  • Program of study leading to Iowa certification in the Principalship and/or Superintendency
  • Opening doors of opportunity to earning the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.)


MILES Ahead....
Since 1876, UNI has been a distinguished leader in the development of educators and educational leaders. That legacy continues today with an Educational Leadership program that meets the changing needs of Iowa's schools head on. Across the state, schools are searching for ways to address the challenges and opportunities of growing diversity, the achievement gap, and an ongoing need for greater cultural competency. They're looking for school leaders of color to lead the way. And UNI is responding.


GOING the Distance...

Many aspiring principals and superintendents of color enrolled in the MILE program seek to earn their Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). The MILE program helps blaze that trail by building a Network of Practice and Support and providing financial assistance. Some students may be able to combine their principalship and superintendency studies toward the doctorate.


What Our Students Are Saying:

"The MILE scholarship program increases access to educational opportunities for students who have been historically missing from higher ed.  The MILE Scholarship will assist me in attending the University of Northern Iowa and expanding my professional skills while providing me with the opportunity to network with other educational professionals."  -Dr. Willie Barney, Waterloo Community School District

"The MILE program has given me a chance to broaden my professional horizons.  There aren't enough words to express the value of the experiences offered throguh this leadership program, and I am grateful that my leadership skills will benefit from the fast knowledge I've received thus far."  -Kimberly D. Fitten, Cedar Rapids Community School District


TAKE the Next Step...


Dr. Tim W. Gilson, Associate Professor & Principalship Program Coordinator
Bartlett 2049


To apply for the Betty Hyde Scholarship or the Marilyn Jorgensen Scholarship:

 -Complete and submit the MILE Application form located below

-Complete the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)

-Submit the materials by January 15, 2016