Global Diversity Mini Grants for Teachers

Small Grants for Large Global Vision
RPCVs of Wisconsin initiate mini-grants to promote global diversity

Press release, May 2015: Across the state, teachers often need just a few extra dollars to paint a world map on the playground, add multicultural books to the library, or initiate a world language project. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison (RPCV Madison) offer mini-grants, with a quick turn-around, to K-12 teachers who have ideas for teaching about the diversity and commonality of the world’s peoples. The we all Project was initiated in 2008 by RPCVs who created a set of 15 posters that feature global commonalities of cultures in over 64 countries where volunteers have served. Such commonalities as We All Learn, We All Need Water, and We All Celebrate vibrantly illustrate differences in global cultures and communities for use in world language and social studies classrooms, elementary schools, and libraries and community centers.
September 1, 2015, is the first of four quarterly deadlines to which schools, libraries, or non-profit groups may apply for mini-grants. Poster order forms, curriculum resources, and mini-grant application forms are available on the we all Mini-Grants for Global Diversity web site:



WAIE grants for International Education Institute (apply by June 10, 2015)

WAIE is excited to offer two $200 grants for registration in the International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study Abroad at Madison College in Madison, WI from August 6-7. Membership in WAIE is required to receive the grant award. The grant application instructions are listed below.

matc-aug-2015-flyerWisconsin Association of International Educators
International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study Abroad
Madison College, Madison, WI, August 6-7, 2015
Award amount: registration reimbursement up to $200
Application Deadline: June 10, 2015

Please send the following information to Jodi Simek:

Professional Title:
Email Address:
Phone Number:

Please respond to the following and limit to one paragraph response for each question:

1. How do you see health, safety, and emergency planning in study abroad benefit the you, the students, and organization that you serve?

2. What are some specific areas that you would like to learn about in the institution and how do you plan to apply them in your work?

3. How will your participation contribute to the international education community in Wisconsin?

4. Please include your résumé or CV.


Up to $200 will be awarded to the recipients once the receipt is submitted showing registration for the International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study. (Check is issued from WAIE past chair)


  • are expected to attend and present at the following WAIE conference to share the knowledge that they learned at the International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study Abroad
  • are responsible for arranging and paying for their own registration, accommodations, travel, etc.
  • must be an active member of the Wisconsin Association of International Educators, preference will be given to members who have professional responsibilities within the state of Wisconsin

Application Submission:

Please send completed application in PDF to Ms. Jodi Simek by June 10 at with “WAIE international Institute Grant” in the subject line.

More Information:

For more information about WAIE can be found at:

For more information about the International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study Abroad, please visit:


Goethe-Institut Scholarship

In addition to the scholarships for Spanish teachers, CSCTFL will also offer a scholarship to German teachers in our region thanks to the Goethe-Institut.

Goethe-Institut Scholarship

This scholarship, available to teachers of German in levels K-16, provides a one- or two-week professional development course at one of the 12 Goethe-Institutes in Germany in 2015; full information about available courses and dates can be found here: The value of the scholarship is €1600 and it includes tuition; course materials; housing (varies depending on course location); breakfast every day and one main meal on Monday-Friday; cultural program; public transportation at seminar location; medical, accident and liability insurance for the duration of the seminar; coverage for transport home in case of illness. Not included: transportation to Germany and additional meals. Applicants must be members of AATG.

After completing this experience, the recipient is required to share information and materials obtained from the experience with CSCTFL, either as a session at the 2016 conference or an online presentation or video posted on the CSCTFL website. Preference for this award will be given to non-native speakers of German.

Eligibility for all CSCTFL scholarships:

Scholarship applicants must…

  • Teach in the CSCTFL region (AR, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, WI).
  • Be a practicing teacher with a teaching load of at least 50% in the foreign language department.
  • Attend the 2015 CSCTFL in Minneapolis, March 12-14 and accept the scholarship at the Awards presentation.
  • Present a 60-minute session highlighting the scholarship experience (sharing information and materials) at the 2016 Central States Conference OR create an online presentation or video about the experience to post on the CSCTFL website.

Other selection criteria include:

  • Professional commitment and significant involvement in the teaching of a foreign language (conference/workshop participation, curriculum development) listed in a current professional resume or curriculum vitae (Note: participation in the Central States organization and/or attendance at past conferences will be advantageous and should be noted).
  • Evidence of how the experience will enhance his/her teaching explained in a written statement of not more than 200 words.
  • Evidence of institutional support in the form of a letter of endorsement from an administrator or department chairperson.

For more information, contact:

Mary Goodwin, Chair
CSCTFL Awards Committee


2015 Summer Scholarships for High School and College French Students

The American Society of the French Academic Palms (ASFAP) will bestow two scholarships ($4,000 each) to be used by high school and college students for a four-week minimum study program in a French-speaking country of their choice during summer 2015. Download the application at  Deadline to receive completed applications is January 20, 2015.  Contact: Professor John C. O’Neal (; cc: Mme Jacqueline Friedman (


Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at a college or university of their choice.  The program focuses on underrepresented youth and offers the possibility of funding not only a bachelor’s degree but a master’s as well.  Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

If you know of a student who is planning to attend college in the fall of 2015 and meets the criteria, please encourage him / her to apply, and help by writing a recommendation.

Deadline is January 14, 2015.

Information at

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
  • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
  • Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2015 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
  • Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student’s application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline



Study abroad scholarships for high school students

state-department-logoThe U.S. Department of State Announces Scholarships for American High School Students to Study Abroad

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 programs is October 30, 2014. Visit for more information.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers  merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2015-16 programs are due January 7, 2015.  Visit for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges. To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to

For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State-sponsored exchange student. Learn more at