Donations to Awards and Scholarships

CT COLT offers three monetary awards for teachers (Helen Amaral Award, Jane G. Graveen Award and Robert G. Mead, Jr. Award) and two scholarships for students (Irene Stanislawczyk Scholarship and Kenneth A. Lester Student Summer Immersion Scholarship). Descriptions of these awards and scholarships are printed below.

Please consider donating to one, two or all of the following funds for scholarships and awards.  If you wish to donate to more than one fund, please click on "continue shopping" after your first transaction. We greatly appreciate your generosity.

If you do not wish to donate using PayPal, please send a check made payable to "CT COLT" to Paul M. St. Louis, Treasurer, CT COLT, 275 Cedar Swamp Road, Monson, MA 01057-9303.  Please indicate the amount that you are donating for each scholarship or award.

 

Funds Donations

 

Helen Amaral Award

In 1990, an annual $1000.00 award was established in memory of Helen Amaral, resident of the Connecticut Council Of Language Teachers from 1986-1988, and former Foreign Language Department Head in Newtown, Connecticut.  She served the foreign language profession, students, and adults in an exemplary way throughout her professional career. 

PURPOSE OF AWARD: To help defray the cost of travel or study abroad in existing programs or one designed by the applicant in order to enhance language skills, absorb contemporary culture, and/or gain historical perspective. 

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: A world language teacher with five years of continuous CT COLT membership currently employed, three classes or more in world language teaching and/or administration in Connecticut.  Priority will be given to proposals designed to improve language and/or cultural proficiency.  Consideration will be given to applicants who have not previously received awards or grants. This award is not available to previous recipients. 

IMPORTANT DATES: The awards will be made annually in October and must be used prior to September 1st of the following year.  The application deadline for each year is August 15.  Monies will be made available upon receipt of appropriate documentation. 

FOLLOW-UP: The recipient of the award will agree to submit a written report to the CT COLT News Exchange or give a presentation at the CT COLT Annual Fall Conference, or both.

Jane G. Graveen Award

In 1999, an annual award of up to $300 was established in memory of Jane G. Graveen, former head teacher of Glastonbury's Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program.  During her tenure in Glastonbury, she made immeasurable contributions to students, to staff and to the community, helping preserve the program as a nationally recognized model. 

PURPOSE OF AWARD: To support the accomplishments of a FLES teacher by providing funding for the purchase of classroom materials.ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: All elementary FLES teachers who are current CT COLT members with at least two years of continuous membership and who are teaching FLES at least 50 percent of the time in a public or private elementary school in Connecticut. This award in not available to previous recipients. 

IMPORTANT DATES: The award will be announced at the CT COLT Spring Conference and must be used in the following academic year.  The application deadline is August 15th.  Disbursement of funds will be made to the recipient upon receipt of appropriate documentation. 

FOLLOW-UP: The recipient of the award will agree to either submit an article for the "Teacher Tips" section of the CT COLT News Exchange or give a presentation at the next annual Fall Conference.CONTRIBUTIONS ALWAYS WELCOME AND GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Irene B. Stanislawczyk Scholarship

In 1998, an annual scholarship in the amount of $1000 was established in memory of Irene B. Stanislawczyk, a beloved colleague and friend in the world language profession.  An associate professor of Spanish and methodology at Central Connecticut State University, she co-authored several texts related to world language instruction including Creativity in the Language Classroom and other texts on Spanish Culture.  She received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1993 from St. Joseph’s College, West Hartford, CT. 

PURPOSE OF AWARD: To help defray college expenses for an undergraduate student majoring in a world language and teacher education. 

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: A student who has completed a minimum of 15 semester hours of work in the major field (introductory courses do not apply) and acceptance into the teacher education program of an accredited institution in the state of Connecticut.  A cumulative point average of 3.5 or better in the major field is required. This scholarship is not available to previous recipients. 

IMPORTANT DATES: The award will be announced at the CT COLT Spring Conference and must be used in the following academic year.  The application deadline is August 15th.  Disbursement of funds will be made to the recipient upon receipt of appropriate documentation. 

FOLLOW-UP: The recipient will agree to attend the Fall Conference as a guest of CT COLT and submit a brief article reflecting on the conference to the CT COLT News Exchange.

Robert G. Mead, Jr. Award

In 1996, an annual award of up to $300.00 was established in memory of Robert G. Mead, Jr., a beloved colleague and friend in the world language profession, University of CT professor emeritus of Spanish American Literature, recipient of the CT COLT Distinguished Service Award, a founder of both the Connecticut Council Of Language Teachers and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and mentor to countless language students and teachers throughout his long and illustrious career.  Dr. Mead quietly assisted many language teachers to attend conferences to further their knowledge and understanding of the art of teaching.  The Robert G. Mead, Jr. Award keeps alive the spirit of his tradition and CT COLT is pleased to honor such an outstanding person in this way.  

PURPOSE OF AWARD: To help defray the cost of attending a national-level conference focusing on teaching language and culture. 

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: A tenured world language teacher with five years of continuous CT COLT membership currently employed full-time in world language teaching and/or administration in Connecticut and who has never attended a national-level language conference, e.g. ACTFL, Northeast Conference, AAT conferences, etc. This award is not available to previous recipients. 

IMPORTANT DATES: The awards will be made annually in the fall and must be used prior to June 1st of the following year.  The application deadline is August 15th.

FOLLOW-UP: The recipient of the award will agree to submit a written report to the CT COLT World Language News Exchange.

Kenneth A. Lester Student Summer Immersion Scholarship

The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) is a non-profit membership organization that promotes language proficiency and the knowledge of world cultures. CT COLT:

Advocates world language learning for all students at all grade levels.

Supports teacher and student activities that demonstrate language teaching and learning.

Recognizes the success of teachers and students in world languages.

PURPOSE OF SCHOLARSHIP:  To help defray the cost of summer language study in an existing approved summer language experience program.  The maximum award amount is $1000, not to exceed the total cost of the language experience.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:  CT students pre-K through 12th grade

IMPORTANT DATES:  The application deadline is March 30th. The scholarship winner will be notified by April 30th and money will be distributed (directly to the language program) by May 30th for use in the summer.

JUDGING CRITERIA:  A successful applicant will submit a complete application packet which demonstrates academic ability, integrity, character and a sincere interest in summer language study. 

FOLLOW UP:  The scholarship recipient will agree to submit a brief summary of his/her language experience to be published in the CT COLT newsletter.

Application Procedure

Please include the following material in your application packet:

Application Form

Three recommendations from adults unrelated by family such as a classroom teacher, coach, or scout leader.  One of them MUST BE from a world language teacher.

A typed paragraph explaining why you are interested in studying this language, and what special interests you have. (In the case of a young child, the parent may type what the child dictates.) 

Our Mission

The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) promotes, advocates for and fosters the teaching and learning of World Languages and Cultures. We support, guide and connect educators, students, policy makers and the public through professional development, scholarship and collaborative initiatives.

Contact Information


James Wildman

Paul M. St. Louis
275 Cedar Swamp Road, Monson, MA 01057