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TFLA Scholarships

TFLA enthusiastically supports both students and teachers in their pursuits to continue their language learning. We offer a variety of scholarships and award many recipients each year! Check here to nominate someone or to apply for a scholarship yourself.

New Teacher Conference Scholarship
TFLA would like to recognize the contributions that new teachers make to the profession and encourage them to build strong networks with colleagues across the state by awarding a scholarship to any first or second year teachers to cover the cost of conference registration, ONE workshop, and conference refreshments at the next Annual Conference.

It must be emphasized that this is a competitive scholarship process, and not all applicants are guaranteed a scholarship.

Application Deadline: September 1

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First Time Conference Presenter Scholarship

TFLA would like to encourage members who have never presented a session or workshop at any conference to share their talent and expertise by submitting a proposal and presenting a session or workshop at an upcoming conference. TFLA understands that economic circumstances are obstacles that prevent a talented presenter from attending and presenting at conferences. Therefore, TFLA will waive the full registration fees for the conference for the scholarship applicant. By doing so, TFLA hopes that we will see new, talented presenters that will contribute to the high-quality professional development experience of our conference.


It must be emphasized that this is a competitive scholarship process, and not all applicants are guaranteed a scholarship.


Application deadline: June 1

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Eugenia Simons Memorial Scholarship

Eugenia Simons served TFLA as its Executive Secretary/Treasurer from 1965 until 2015. Eugenia became a TFLA Honorary Member in the 1970s.  Eugenia Simons was a middle school Spanish teacher for twenty-seven years. The Eugenia Simons Scholarship for Middle School Teachers was created in her honor. This scholarship is available for Middle School teachers who are seeking to improve their language proficiency and/or improve their teaching methodologies. Middle School teachers who are members of TFLA may apply for a grant to cover the cost of their enrollment at the TFLA Summer Institute and will receive $200 to help with traveling and lodging expenses.

Applicants must have been a member of TFLA in good standing for at least 18 months before applying.
It must be emphasized that this is a competitive scholarship process, and not all applicants are guaranteed a scholarship.

Due to Covid-19 the deadline for Application is June 15.

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Rosemary Patterson Grant

Rosemary Patterson was an outstanding Spanish Teacher at Amarillo High School. She served as a source of inspiration and a role model for teachers and students. Rosemary dedicated her life to foreign language study and teaching. She was known for her vast knowledge of Spanish, quick wit, ability to reason, and strong support for active participation in TFLA. When she passed away in 2003, Rosemary willed part of her estate to the Texas Foreign Language Association. As she requested, TFLA will use the bequest to provide grants in the amount of $1000.00 each, to two TFLA members each year, for immersion experiences with the goal of improving oral proficiency in the target language.  

TFLA honored Rosemary by naming the Rosemary Patterson Memorial Grant in her memory.

Applications must be received by September 1.

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Cemanahuac Education Community Scholarship (for Spanish Teachers)  

The Cemanahuac Educational Community Scholarship is available to a TFLA-member Spanish teacher. The scholarship program offers Spanish language classes and intensive study of the arts and history of Mexico in an atmosphere of total immersion in the language and culture in the “City of Eternal Spring”, Cuernavaca, Mexico. It is designed for K-16 Spanish teachers and includes two weeks of study, a home-study, a home-stay with a Mexican family, and one field-study excursion. The dollar amount for 2018 is $1,153. This scholarship includes registration, tuition for two weeks, and housing (double occupancy) with all meals. Other expenses, in addition to airfare, which the recipient would have to cover on his/her own, includes ground transportation to Cuernavaca (about $16 US each way), a textbook ($45), cultural field study trips, and personal expenses. The recipient may attend at any convenient time in 2018. A special workshop for language teachers will be offered July 2-15, which has been very well received. It is not necessary to attend from July 2-15, but the interaction with other teachers is very beneficial. For more information, please visit the  Cemanahuac Educational Community  website                                                            

Stay tuned for 2021 scholarship opportunities in the Fall. 



T. Earle Hamilton Student Scholarship

In honor of T. Earle Hamilton, founder of the Texas Foreign Language Association, five scholarships in amount of  $1000.00 each will be presented to outstanding high school seniors who have completed at least the third level of second language study and who plan to continue language study at an accredited institution beyond high school with the goal of using language to make the world a better and stronger place to live in. TFLA members may nominate ONE graduating senior each year. The TFLA Scholarship Committee will select scholarship winners based on academic language study and plans for continued language study.

​Application deadline: June 1

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