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Scholarships & Awards

Recognizing the contributions of those changemakers shaping the future of language education is an investment in our communities.

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Lead with Languages 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.

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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.

Applications for the current cycle are due May 10!

LCF Awards

LCF continues to expand awards offerings to recognize the accomplishments and impact of a diverse pool of language educators, learners, and those who support them. These include:

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ACTFL/LCF Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom

This award recognizes language educators at all levels who have intentionally and effectively created accessible spaces of belonging for their learners and incorporated diverse, equitable and inclusive principles into their classroom curriculum and projects, and in doing so have enabled all students, including those with special needs, to develop linguistic and cultural competence.

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LCF/Klett Award for Sustainable Development Education in the World Language Classroom

This award recognizes language educators & postsecondary students who effectively incorporate the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their classroom curriculum and projects, and in doing so promote global awareness and social responsibility.

ACTFL Professional Awards

The ACTFL Awards Program honors outstanding contributions to the field of language education—including achievement in areas of teacher education, innovative use of technology in language instruction, leadership, research, elementary language programs, the teaching of culture, and more.

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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.

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We invite you to celebrate achievement with us by sharing about these opportunities with your network. Application and nomination periods for the scholarship and awards programs open each spring.