Puerto Rico TESOL Awards and Scholarship Opportunities for 2011The following are Puerto Rico TESOL-sponsored grants and awards for PRTESOL membersexcept the art contest award. We support our members’ efforts of self-improvement and theirstrides towards academic excellence. These awards and scholarship opportunities are fundedwith membership dues and with the generous sponsorship of many of PRTESOL’s friends in thebusiness world who understand our educational mission. PRTESOL’s grants and awards promotethe high standards vital to the development of our profession. PRTESOL invites its members toapply for any of the following awards and scholarship. Current members on the PRTESOL Boardof Directors are not eligible for these awards except the lifetime achievement award. Informationabout all awards and the applications are on our official PRTESOL web site:www.puertoricotesol.org.Selection procedure: PRTESOL awards committee will recommend the candidates that should receive these awards to the PRTESOL Board of Directors for their final approval by October 15, 2011. v Awards by Application: Due Date September 30, 2011 1. PRTESOL Scholarship Grant to Support Continuing Education in TESOL. One award will be granted for studies towards a master’s degree and one for doctoral level studies.AWARD: Two $300 cash awardsPURPOSE: To support advanced studies in the teaching of English to Speakers of OtherLanguages that will contribute to improving the quality of English language instruction on theisland.ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: This scholarship is open to any current PRTESOL member who isactively pursuing a masters or doctoral degree in a TESOL or a related program. The candidatemust comply with the following: • provide evidence of having completed at least nine (9) credits towards the degree and have an average of 3.50 or higher. • complete the application form and write an essay of at least 300 words explaining why you should receive this award. • not be a previous recipient of this award. • be a member of PRTESOL for at least one year.DUE DATES: The application form must be completed and returned to PRTESOL bySeptember 30, 2011.The recipient will be presented her/his cash award at the PRTESOLAnnual Convention. 2. PRTESOL Award to Promote Excellence in ESL Teaching Programs One cash award of $300 to be used for the purchase of educational resources for the English class.
Purpose: To strengthen a school’s ESL program through the awarding of a $300 gift certificateto be used in the purchasing of educational materials (such as teaching materials, books,technology tools or software, and professional readings) to enhance ESL instruction in theteacher’s classroom or school. The person completing the application must be a PRTESOLmember from any public or private school (K-12). Final date to apply: September 30, 2011.The award is open to any PRTESOL member who teaches at the public or private K-12 level andwhose faculty has not been a previous recipient of the award. The applicant will complete theapplication form and mail or email it to the selection committee for its consideration. The awardwill be presented at the Annual PRTESOL Convention.The recipient of this award must submit evidence of materials purchase by December 21, 2011and a write brief article for the PRTESOLGRAM about how the materials purchased have beenused and they enhanced their teaching.Due Dates: The application must be completed and returned to PRTESOL bySeptember 30, 2011. 3. PRTESOL Award to Recognize Recent Research Contributions to the TESL FieldPurpose: To make public the research studies of PRTESOL members at institutions of highereducation completing a masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral studies between May, 2010 andAugust, 2011. Those PRTESOL members who have made important research findings for thecontinued improvement of our area of specialization should fill out the application form and submitan abstract or article about their research. Certificates of recognition will be given to thesecolleagues during the Annual PRTESOL Convention and the abstracts or articles will bepublished in the PRTESOLGRAM. Deadline to submit the application form: September 30, 2011. 4. PRTESOL Travel Grant to Attend the 2012 TESOL Convention in Philadelphia.Purpose: To encourage and support more PRTESOL members to attend the annual TESOLconvention. This is the most important international event for ESL/EFL educators and anenriching professional event.Award: The amount of this award is a maximum of $300 to be used for the TESOL conventionfee and paid directly to them.Requirements: The applicant must write an essay of at least 150 words explaining why theyreceive this award .Attend the 2012 TESOL convention in Philadelphia and present evidence of attendance. Theapplicant must have a confirmed flight to Philadelphia by December 15, 2011 in order to receivethis award since we have to send your registration fee by December 21, 2011.Help the PRTESOL delegates disseminate information about PRTESOL at the TESOLConvention. Write an article about your experience for the PRTESOLGRAM after you attend.Awards by Nomination DUE DATE: September 30, 2011 1. PRTESOL Award for Lifetime Service in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Dr. Marie E. Aloise Life Time Achievement Award)Award: Award will consist of a plaque, a certificate, and a grant to cover the PRTESOLconvention fee for both days.Purpose: To recognize and acknowledge outstanding service throughout the years in theteaching of English to speakers of other languages, to PRTESOL and to other sisterorganizations at the local and international levels.
Eligibility Criteria: The recipient is selected according to evidence of (a) a genuine, long-lastingcommitment to PRTESOL, (b) ability to combine professional and/or administrative roles in areasconcerning English language education, (c) ability and desire to promote what is locally done inthe field of English language education on the island and abroad. The recipient of this award isselected under the recommendation of the current PRTESOL president and the PRTESOL Boardof Directors. 2. PRTESOL Outstanding ESL Educator AwardPurpose: This award recognizes the outstanding work of two ESL English educators in PuertoRico, one at the K-12 level and one from higher education. Eligibility for this award is achieved vianomination. Award will consist of a grant to cover the PRTESOL convention fee for both days anda certificate of recognition.Criteria: (1) Nominee must have at least five years of experience teaching English. The documents submitted should show evidence of the nominees ability to motivate and encourage students as well as engage them in productive and challenging learning and has been involved with students outside of the classroom in extra curricular activities, and/or involvement in the community and with colleagues.Supporting Documentation: (1) An essay that tells why the nominees work is special and worthy of being recognized. The essay should include information that documents the educator’s effective teaching practices. (2) At least one letter from another person who can write about the nominee, giving relevant information. Letters can be from a student, a parent, a colleague, a community person, a professional in another geographic area who knows the nominee, a current or former supervisor, or an administrator. (2) A curriculum vitae of the nominee 3. PRTESOL Cover Art Contest Award- (a person who is not a PRTESOL member mayreceive this award) Award: A certificate of recognition and the fee for one day at the PRTESOL convention. Purpose: To recognize the efforts of the person or student who offered their talents to create theconvention poster. You do not have to be a PRTESOL member to participate in this contest. Thedealine to submit an entry for this contest is March 1, 2011.