This fund was established in 2009 by former students of Carson and Iris Varner to support students in the College of Business who want to complete an international experience abroad. The Varners have taught at Illinois State since 1975, and their work has helped make the University the center of international business education in Illinois. Each candidate must be a junior or senior business major with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0, be enrolled to participate in an international experience abroad sponsored by the COB, submit a written essay, have completed 30 semester hours at Illinois State prior to the experience abroad, and might be interviewed by faculty. Financial need may be considered when candidates have otherwise equal qualifications. The award is to be used for educational expenses.