Barbara Benway spent her entire career educating others. She received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and began teaching in the Elmhurst School System. After 14 years of teaching, Barbara decided to go back to school to pursue her M.A. degree in art education at Northern Illinois University. Studying under Jack Arends, for whom the NIU School or Art is named, Barbara enjoyed her professors at Northern. Upon graduation, and for the next 12 years, Barbara taught educators how to teach art to their students at Elmhurst College. After a 37-year teaching career, Barbara continues her passion for art education. By establishing this scholarship, Barbara will make an impact on art education students at NIU for years to come.