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Scholarships and Grants

The programs described below are provided solely for the information of ACTFL members. These are not ACTFL programs, and they have not been subjected to any review or vetting by ACTFL. Their presence here does not constitute an endorsement by ACTFL. One can apply for multiple scholarships. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified of results at the end of April 2015.


  • Arab Academy Scholarship: Arab Academy offers online scholarships for 3 ACTFL members with 3 months of access to the online Arabic program in addition to 1 weekly one on one speaking class. In addition, Arab Academy offers onsite scholarships for 2 ACTFL members for 8 weeks of Arab language in its center in Cairo.





  • Awards for study abroad offered by National Academic Honor Societies for foreign languages, e.g. Pi Delta Phi (the National French Honor Society), Sigma Delta Pi (the National Spanish Honor Society), etc., For example, information on the Pi Delta Phi scholarships and awards are here:
  • The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.
  • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend the 2013-14 academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali (semester), Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations.
  • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Secondary school students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. Young professionals (undergraduates) and high school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 study and participate in practical training.
  • The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.   Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service.
  • David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.
  • The Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship is a scholarship for American undergraduates to study abroad. The scholarship provides grants for students with limited financial means to pursue international study. It is funded by the International Academic Opportunity Act, passed in 2000, and sponsored by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over 10,000 alumni of the program have studied in more than 120 countries around the world.