More than 300 Tennessee seniors from across the state will receive the Seal of Biliteracy, an award recognizing students who have reach proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation, this year.
To honor the academic and lingusitic achievements of these students, the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy, a 501(c)(3) founded in Nashville, seeks to support post-secondary access to Tennessee students who demonstrate exceptional academic potential and continued contributions to their communities through an annual, competitive scholarship program beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
Through the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Scholarship Program, we hope to encourage all students to pursue the 21st century workforce skill of fluency in two or more languages and to enroll in and complete a post-secondary program. The program seeks to recognize and honor the exceptional academic and linguistic accomplishments of students throughout our state.
The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Scholarship Program is dependent on donors to achieve these goals and the number and amount of scholarships provided each year are contingent on the gracious giving of community members, business organizations and leaders, and other organizations that believe in their work and mission of the Seal of Biliteracy program and the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy nonprofit.
Selection for the scholarship award is based on academic and non-academic criteria of the applicant, including: recipient or eligible for the Seal of Biliteracy according to the Tennessee State Board of Education policy, leadership experience, financial need, community involvement, and grade point average. Applications meeting the eligibility guidelines are reviewed and evaluated by a committee comprised of volunteers from Tennessee's business, education, and non-profit sectors.
During our initial year of the scholarship program, we wish to offer a scholarship of $1000. Any additional funds donated will be directly used to provide additional scholarships to students and support our work across the state. If you are an individual, business, or community organization that would like to sponsor one or more additional scholarship awards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.