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Scholarships

The Upper Midwest Translators and Interpreters Association (UMTIA) is proud to provide academic scholarships as a way to recognize and support those who are aspiring to further the education in interpreting and/or translation by pursuing a degree or certificate through an accredited institution. Four scholarships of $600 each are to be awarded throughout the year to individuals selected by the committee.

Have questions about our scholarship opportunities? Please read the page thoroughly, and then if you still would like to contact us, please send us an email at scholarship@umtia.org.

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Purpose:

To support further education of interpreters and translators by providing scholarships on behalf of the Upper Midwest Translators and Interpreters Association to individuals actively pursuing a degree or certificate in the field of translation and interpreting. Preference is for students in languages of lesser diffusion.

 

Applicants:

All applicants must show proof of high school diploma or an equivalent, acceptance into a university level program in Translation or Interpretation and pass the language screening test selected by the program for A & B languages (Example: Oral Proficiency Interview or OPI).

The scholarship will give priority to individuals interpreting in languages of lesser diffusion based on the data provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) (this would be those who speak a language which is not among the top 10 non-English languages in the state).

UMTIA will publicly recognize the scholarship winner at an UMTIA event (either a workshop or our Annual Meeting). We encourage applicants and scholarship winners to participate in UMTIA events to become familiar with the profession and UMTIA members.

IMPORTANT:  UMTIA reserves the right to request further information from the applicant in order to better determine their qualifications. Upon acceptance, the scholarship funds will be awarded only after the student has submitted evidence of completion of a course in one of the Translation and Interpreting programs mentioned above.

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Award Components:

Four scholarships of $600 each are to be awarded throughout the year to individuals selected by the committee. The scholarship funds will be awarded to the student upon successful completion of a course in an accredited post-secondary Translation and Interpretation Program. Applicant must submit unofficial transcript with semester grades.

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Criteria:

Applicants must be UMTIA members pursuing a degree in Translation & Interpretation at the University of Minnesota or Century College. Qualities to be considered in the evaluation process include: advanced language skills, intent to work in the fields of translation and/or interpretation, and willingness to serve the community.

UMTIA reserves the right to use names, application information and photographs for promotional purposes solely within the organization. Applicant consents to these conditions in the application process.

Deadline to submit the application: October 15 for Fall Semester and March 15 for Spring Semester.

If after reading this information, you are interested in applying, see our Apply for a Scholarship page.

 

Past Scholarship Recipients

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