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A New Scholarship to Cover Interpreter Career Training

As immigrants, entrepreneurs and humanitarians, Olga Smirnova and Inna Kassatkina want to support fellow immigrants in their pursuit of the American Dream. After they presented their talk, American Dream Not Lost in Translation, on April 29 at the Interpretation & Translation Career Seminar hosted by the Center for Professional Education (CPE,) they announced that they are funding a scholarship. The Plan A Scholarship will cover the enrollment fee for one individual to attend either the Legal Interpreter Certificate Program or the Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program, during the summer of 2019.

Offered as accelerated, five-day boot camps conducted on campus in July, both programs are open to anyone who holds at least a high school diploma (or equivalent) and who is fully bilingual (oral and written proficiency required) in both English and another language. On-site information sessions are scheduled on May 15 (healthcare) and on May 30 (legal) for anyone interested in learning more about the programs.

Scholarship Eligibility and Candidate Profile:

These scholarships are open to all applicants of the interpretation and translation courses and will be awarded to eligible candidates based on the representation of merit in the answers provided in the application form. 

To be considered for the scholarship, you must:

  • be a Texas resident
  • be fully bilingual in English and another language, possessing both written and oral proficiency (mid-level or higher)
  • intend to complete the full certificate program
  • not be an employee of The University of Texas or an immediate family member of a TEXAS Extended Campus employee
  • meet prerequisites required by the certificate program in which you wish to enroll
  • submit all scholarship application materials in a timely manner

How to Apply:

The application deadline has passed.

Questions include basic contact information and the following:

  1. In your non-English language, write one or two paragraphs (200-word maximum) answering the following question(s):
    • How did you learn a second or third language?
    • (Optional) If you are a first- or second-generation immigrant to the U.S., please share with us the story of why you or your family came here and what it has meant to you or your family to be in the U.S.
  2. In English, write a short essay (300-word maximum) that addresses the following:
    • What prompted and fuels your passion for languages and other cultures?
    • Why did you choose TEC’s Interpreter Program?
    • What are your career goals and aspirations once you graduate from the program?

You will be contacted approximately three weeks after the deadline with the outcome of your application, whether or not you receive the scholarship. If you are the recipient, you will receive a letter of acceptance and instructions on how to complete your registration in your chosen program.

Application Deadline:

Your application must be received by midnight on June 3, 2019.

Scholarship Rules, Terms and Conditions:

  • Applications must be received by midnight on June 3, 2019.
  • Application materials must be submitted via the online application form.
  • Applications that are received after the stated deadline will not be reviewed or considered.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Incorrect submission of materials will not be grounds for an extension. Please confirm that your application is complete prior to submitting your form.
  • By June 26, 2019, the scholarship recipient will be notified via email. Applicants who were not awarded a scholarship will also receive notification via email.
  • The scholarship recipient must sign a letter of acceptance and complete registration for the program by July 5, 2019. Full payment of the amount remaining or a deposit toward a payment plan, should they choose to set one up to cover the remainder owed, is due at this time. If this is not completed on time, the scholarship may be offered to another candidate.
  • The scholarship cannot be transferred or applied to a different program, individual or semester.
  • Applications cannot be returned.
  • You may apply for a scholarship for more than one certificate program at the Center for Professional Education, but you can only receive one scholarship.
  • All decisions made by the TEXAS Extended Campus scholarship committee are final. They will evaluate all applicants according to the following criteria:
    • Evidence of potential to succeed in the program, as suggested by the short answer and essay question responses.
    • Potential impact on self, family and community, as suggested by the short answer and essay question responses.
  • This scholarship will not cover the cost of any course materials, such as books.
  • The scholarship recipient agrees to:
    • supply the Center for Professional Education (CPE) with testimonial information and feedback.
    • the use and distribution of testimonial information and feedback in promotional materials.