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The following grants are available for current AZTESOL members in good standing. The applicant will need a valid social security number to apply for the award. Proposals are considered by the Grants and Scholarships Committee and awarded by the Board upon the recommendation of the Scholarships, Grants & Awards Chair. Please take note of the award deadlines. Applicants will be notified within 30 days of the advertised application deadline. All grants are contingent upon available funding.

Questions? Brandon Yuhas, AZTESOL Scholarships, Grants, & Awards Chair

Cheryl Walsh Professional Growth Award

Applications due February 11, 2022

Cheryl Walsh was a dedicated ESL teacher and board member who served as southeast regional representative and organized the first regional conference in Tucson. In her memory, the AZTESOL board offers the Cheryl Walsh Professional Growth Award. The purpose of this award is to assist AZTESOL members in attending the 2022 International TESOL Convention. Two $200 awards are available this year to assist with registration fees and, if attending in-person, travel, lodging, food, and other costs associated with attending the conference. Application involves submitting an essay of not more than 350 words on why the applicant would like to attend the TESOL convention and how it would positively impact their professional growth. Applicants who are presenting at the conference will be given higher priority. Additionally, one grant will be awarded to one first-time attendee of the 2022 TESOL International Convention (regardless of whether or not they are presenting). Awardees are required to write an article for the AZTESOL Newsletter describing how TESOL participation has contributed to their professional growth.

Classroom Materials Grant

Open application period

Recognizing the fact that adverse circumstances resulting from the pandemic have disproportionately affected vulnerable and disadvantaged student populations, and that commonly among these are students learning English as an additional language, two grants of $125 each will be awarded to English language teachers for the purpose of purchasing classroom materials to support their English learners, including those who are learning remotely as a result of the pandemic. Applicants should address the following: (1) Describe how your English learners and their families have been affected by the pandemic; (2) State what the grant will be used to purchase and how it will benefit your English learners; and (3) State if you teach in a high poverty school.