February 16, 2011 | | Leave a comment Officials from Walden University, which is an online school, recently announced that it will begin offering a scholarship to National Education Association (NEA) members. The university will award 40 annual scholarships of $2,500 each to individuals who have provided leadership in public school education within an NEA-affiliated school. Officials said that the program was created to help recognize the importance of leadership and social change in public schools. "Walden is proud to offer NEA members scholarships toward two of our online masters degree programs that can help provide them with strategies to be more effective in the classroom and to enhance their students' learning and success." said Kate Steffens, dean of Walden's Riley College of Education and Leadership. Officials noted that students must be NEA members and be currently enrolled in Walden's masters in education or instructional design and technology programs, or plan to enroll for the May or June 2011 start dates. Furthermore, students must submit an essay of 1,000 words and a letter of recommendation. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, nearly 30 percent of all college and university students now take at least one web-based course.