Foreign Language Education Scholarships & Awards

Arlene Malinowski Award

With this award we are pleased to honor our late colleague Dr. Arlene Malinowski, who served our department in many capacities including associate professor, assistant department head and director of the foreign language teacher education program. She was an inquisitive scholar, a tireless advocate for students, a lover of foreign languages and cultures, a dedicated teacher and caring colleague, as well as a zealous promoter of foreign language education. Her work with the Teacher Education program and methods course has impacted so many teachers around the state.  In her memory we honor a student in our foreign language teacher education program who demonstrates outstanding academic achievements and leadership qualities, as well as a love of languages and cultures and a high level of involvement in academic and extra-curricular pursuits.

The following criteria is used in determining eligibility for the award:

  • Foreign Language Education major*
  • Senior ranking
  • Successful completion of the Professional Year (Methods and Student Teaching)
  • GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Shows a dedication to the teaching profession
  • Displays high ethical standards
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Commits to new challenges
  • Takes the initiative to contribute to the teaching field

*Although not required, preference is given to those who are also pursuing ESL certification as an add-on

Foreign Language Education Distinguished Alumni Award

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Teacher Education Program Distinguished Alumni Award began in 2002 to recognize our graduates who continue to demonstrate exemplary service to the teaching profession. 

The award includes, but is not limited to, obtaining National Board Certification, participation in conferences, work with organizations dedicated to promoting foreign language in schools, advocacy, work within the school and district, innovation and creativity with teaching, and/or working with pre-service and beginning language teachers. 

For more details, please contact Foreign Language Education Coordinator Karen L. Tharrington.

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