Dedicated to addressing a critical national shortage by bolstering the pipeline of future language educators, this award provides merit-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors committed to pursuing the language teaching profession in languages other than English.
Launched by ACTFL in 2019, the Lead with Languages Teacher Scholarship Program provides recipients with an award of $1,500 per academic year. Scholarships may be renewed three times following the initial award, for a cumulative total of $6,000 per recipient.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
• Be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents attending secondary schools in the United States or a U.S. territory.
• Be anticipating completion of a high school diploma at the time of application.
• Be accepted and planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, leading to credentialing as a language educator.
• Have taken at least two years of the same language in high school, or present documentation of proficiency results from an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), the ACTFL Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency (AAPPL), or any comparable assessment.
• Have maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA overall (on a 4.0 scale).
Applicants may not be related to any ACTFL staff member.
Students seeking renewal must:
• Provide college or university transcripts annually to show proof of a GPA of 3.0 or higher overall (on a 4.0 scale).
• Submit proof of continued enrollment.
• Complete a brief annual survey to report on their experience.
• Verify at the conclusion of their junior year that they remain enrolled in a degree program leading to credentialing as a language educator. If not clearly demonstrated by completed coursework on their transcript at that time, recipients must also submit a signed letter of recommendation from their academic advisor, indicating the advisor’s assessment of both the viability of their plan and the applicant’s commitment to pursue a career as a language educator (in a language other than English).