Grants, Awards, Scholarships

Did you know that each year WAESOL distributes $2500 in grants and awards?  In addition, we extend conference scholarships to 10 WAESOL members to attend the Annual WAESOL Conference for free.

It is a high priority for the WAESOL Board to be able to offer these grants and awards and to be able help ensure access to professional development through keeping our conference registration fees low and with free conference scholarships.

Read about the 2017 recipients or scroll down to submit your application or to nominate a well deserving colleague.

2017 Grants and Awards Recipients

                 Gonzaga – Spokane Public Schools Summer Language Program

                 Reading Around the Forest Program at Sherwood Forest Elementary

                 Professional Development Grant

                 Suzanne Norring – Excellence in Teaching Award

                 Ibtesam Hussain – Sally Wellman Volunteer Award

Scroll down for specific 2018 deadlines. 

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 WAESOL Conference on October 27th at Renton Technical College.

To submit an application, you must be a current WAESOL member.– Become a WAESOL member HERE.


General Information about the Grants, Awards, and Conference Scholarships

  • You may only apply for one grant.
    • You can, in addition, apply for one conference scholarship and/or nominate colleagues for an award.
  • You may only nominate one individual for the Sally Wellman Volunteer Award.
  • You may only nominate one individual for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Important Notes:

  • Grant recipients must be present at the 2018 Conference in Renton, WA on October 27th.
  • The WAESOL Board reserves the right to award grants based on qualified applicants and on available funds.
  • The winners of 2017 WAESOL Grants and Awards are not eligible for a 2018 Grant or Award.
  • Submissions that exceed the maximum word limit will not be considered.
  • No WAESOL Board member nor family member may apply.


The Sally Wellman Volunteer Award ($500) – Closed October 1st

This award is for $500 and is given to an ESOL professional who has exhibited outstanding dedication in the community as a volunteer doing ESL- related work. It is the intent of WAESOL that this award will honor the recipient and inspire continued dedication to others in the local communities. Any current WAESOL member may nominate a deserving volunteer in the ESL community. The nominee themselves need not to be a WAESOL member and should work/reside in Washington state or in a nearby community. The nominating essay will be published in the WAESOL Educator and/or on the WAESOL website.

This award is co-sponsored by WAESOL and Dr. LaVona Reeves of Eastern Washington University.  Click here to learn more about Sally Wellman and her contributions to the field.

Guidelines

  • The person making the nomination must be a WAESOL member in good standing at the time the application is made.– Become a WAESOL member HERE.
  • You may nominate only one person.

Application Procedure

  • Submit your nomination by the September 10th deadline.
  • Include a detailed essay (maximum 500 words) of how this volunteer has exhibited outstanding dedication in serving the ESL community.

Note:  Nomination letters exceeding the 500 word limit will not be considered. 

Submit your nomination for the Sally Wellman Volunteer Award here. 



WAESOL Excellence in Teaching Award ($500) – Closed October 1st

This award is for $500 and is given to an ESOL teacher who has exhibited outstanding dedication in the classroom and/or learning community. It is the intent of WAESOL that this award will honor the recipient and inspire continued dedication to others in the profession. Any current WAESOL member may nominate a deserving individual. The nominee themselves need not be a WAESOL member, but must work/reside in Washington state or in a nearby community. The nominating essay will be published in the WAESOL Educator and/or on the WAESOL website.

Guidelines

  • The person making the nomination must be a WAESOL member in good standing at the time the application is made. – Become a WAESOL member HERE.
  • You may nominate only one person.

Application Procedure

  • Submit your nomination by the September 10th deadline.
  • Include a detailed essay (maximum 500 words) of how this teacher has exhibited outstanding dedication in the classroom.

Note:  Nomination letters exceeding the 500 word limit will not be considered. 

Submit your nomination for the WAESOL Excellence in Teaching Award here. 



WAESOL Conference Scholarship – Closed October 1st

To encourage access to attend the 2018 WAESOL conference, WAESOL is again offering 10 scholarships to cover the conference registration fee (excludes pre-conference workshops).  WAESOL members in good standing are eligible to apply for a conference registration scholarship.

Applying for the scholarship does not prevent you from applying for other grants or from nominating deserving individual for our awards.

Guidelines

Application Procedure

  • Submit your application by the September 10th deadline.
  • Include a short essay (maximum 250 words) explaining how attending WAESOL 2018 would benefit your teaching/research.

Efforts will be made to distribute scholarships among ELT professionals from various contexts and regions.

Note:  Essays exceeding the 250 word limit will not be considered. 

Apply here for a Conference Scholarship.


 Professional Development Grant ($500) – Closed 

This grant is for $500 and is awarded to one WAESOL member.  Its purpose is to assist one WAESOL member with professional development. The recipient can use this grant to attend (1) a conference, (2) a workshop, or (3) a class related to the ESOL field. The recipient of this grant will be asked to write a report of the event attended to be published in the WAESOL Educator and/or on the WAESOL website.

Guidelines

  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of WAESOL at the time the application is made – Become a WAESOL member HERE.
  • The grant recipient must be in attendance at the 2018 WAESOL Conference on October 27th.

Application Procedure

  • Include a detailed essay (maximum 500 words) of (1) why you are applying for this grant and (2) how it would benefit your teaching/research.
  • Applications will be evaluated for the impact the proposed professional development opportunity will have on the candidate’s future as well as on the clarity of the response.

Note:  Essays exceeding the 500 word limit will not be considered.



Project Funding Grants (2 @ $500) – Closed

This grant is for $500 each and will be award to 2 individuals.  The purpose is to encourage and benefit classroom/community projects that directly impact English language learning in Washington state or nearby communities. The recipients of this grant will be asked to write a report of the project to be published in the WAESOL Educator and/or on the WAESOL website.

Guidelines

  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of WAESOL at the time the application is made.– Become a WAESOL member HERE.
  • The grant recipient must be in attendance at the 2018 WAESOL Conference.
  • Only one application per individual can be submitted.

Application Procedure

  • Include a detailed essay (maximum 500 words) of (1) why you are applying for this grant, (2) what the project entails, and (3) how it would benefit English language learners.
  • In addition, submit a detailed budget of how the funds will be used.
  • Applications will be evaluated for relevance of project and clarity of the response.

Note:  Essays exceeding the 500 word limit will not be considered.