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Recognizing the contributions of those change-makers shaping the future of language education is an investment in our communities. From encouraging the academic goals of tomorrow's teachers to supporting cultural activities in the classroom today and shining a light on excellence, these programs help to inspire and sustain efforts across the field.

We invite you to join us in celebrating achievement by sharing these opportunities with your network.

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Teacher Scholarship Program

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.

The 2024 Application period is now closed and recipients will be notified by email in mid-July.

Save the Date: The call for applications will reopen in Spring 2025.

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LCF/Vista Classroom Microgrants for Language Educators

An initiative aimed at supporting and empowering those who are dedicated to promoting multilingualism and cultural diversity in the classroom, this program provides small grants to K-12 language educators who are passionate about teaching languages and incorporating cultural elements into their lessons.

100 microgrants of $300 each will be awarded between September 2023 and May 2024.

The final 2023-24 funding cycle closed on May 10, 2024. Recipients will be notified by email.

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ACTFL & LCF Awards Program

These annual awards honor outstanding contributions to the field of language education. Categories include achievement in areas of:

  • Diversity, equity & inclusion in the language classroom,
  • Sustainable development in promoting global awareness,
  • Teacher education,
  • Innovative use of technology in language instruction,
  • Leadership at the K-12 and postsecondary levels,
  • Research,
  • Elementary language programs,
  • The teaching of culture, and beyond!

This program will reopen in Spring 2025.

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ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year

The ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award recognizes excellence through a process that unites state, regional, and national organizations and promotes and elevates the status of language education.

Additionally, this program creates as many media opportunities as possible to increase the visibility of the importance of learning languages and cultures to the general public.

ACTFL members are invited to explore additional scholarship opportunities for language educators.

View Educator Scholarships

Funding is also available to support attendance at the annual ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo.

Explore Convention Stipends & Ideas