As our next regional workshop approaches, it is time to recognize and reward interpreters for their accomplishments. The scholarship and awards committee is now accepting applications for scholarships and awards for the Sunny Southeast’s Regional Workshop Feb. 3-6, 2016, in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The deadline for both scholarship applications and award nominations is November 29th, so act soon! Applications and nomination forms can be found on the blog.
NAI bylaws now require recipients must be members before applying for scholarships. This year each scholarship will consist of a $500 award. Recipients will register online without the need to pay, and the remainder of the $500 will be disbursed as a check awarded at the workshop.
All scholarship applicants must submit a completed application form, a letter of recommendation from someone familiar with their qualifications for the scholarship, and an article suitable for publication in the region’s blog or newsletter – something which has not been previously published. See the blog for examples. This latter requirement is a blatant attempt to get more people to contribute to these important publications, and by submitting an application you agree to allow this article to be used in the blog and/or newsletter whether you win or not. Other materials that you feel will improve your chances can also be submitted.
Some people have said the requirements for the region scholarships are vague. This is not accidental. If one publishes exact requirements for a scholarship one gets applications that exactly match the requirements. Interpretation venerates individual approaches; so does this application process. Anything that can be emailed is fair game, including photos and short videos. Just keep in mind that, as in interpretation, more is not always better; it is often worse. The scholarship committee wants to see why you are a special interpreter. Interpret yourself!
Who’s that interpreter you just know needs some extra recognition for their amazing work? Please consider nominating them for an award, which will be announced at the Regional Workshop in Georgia! The award categories include Outstanding New Interpreter, Outstanding Interpreter, and Outstanding Service to NAI Region Three. To nominate, complete the award nomination form.
All materials for awards and scholarships should be submitted electronically to Steve Dimse at email@example.com.