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Lindy Lopez-Butner Memorial Grant

Who’s Eligible: Any current Georgia TESOL member

Purpose: Since Lindy Lopez-Butner exemplified the high ideals of an unusually competent, sensitive, caring ELL teacher who sacrificed her own time and comfort for the well-being of her students, especially the neediest ones, Georgia TESOL has set up a memorial grant in her honor.

The purpose of the grant is to promote the professional development of a promising ELL teacher who is a current member in good standing of Georgia TESOL, has a worthy plan or goal that will ultimately benefit ELL students, but lacks the resources or materials to achieve his or her goal.

Note: This grant cannot be used for any travel, conference registrations, or conference presentations.

Amount: up to $1000

Criteria: Applications are evaluated on the basis of (a) rationale, (b) relevance for ESL students, (c) objectives, (d) implementation plan, (e) evaluation plan, (f) budget,  (g) plan for sharing, (h) strength of the applicant's recommendation letter, and (i) how well the applicant's proposed use of funds achieves the grant's intended purpose.

How to apply:
1) Complete the Lindy Lopez-Butner Memorial Grant.
2) Request one letter of recommendation. The recommendation letter must be submitted directly to the Grants and Awards Chair, by the application due date. Subject line should read "Recommendation letter for _____ for Lindy Lopez-Butner Memorial Grant."

Due Date: Applications and one letter of recommendation must be completed on or before September 30th.

Review Committee: Three or more Members-at-Large of the Georgia TESOL Executive Board will conduct a blind review of all complete applications. 

Additional Comments:

  1. The grant will be offered on a yearly basis.
  2. The Review Committee may recommend to divide the grant between 2 or more recipients.
  3. The applicants will be notified of the committee's decision within 6 weeks of the application deadline. Any applicant that does not receive the award is encouraged to apply again the next year. 
  4. A grantee may not reapply for at least three years.
  5. The Review Committee may decide that no grant will be provided for a given year.
  6. The grantee agrees to:  a) give a presentation related to the project at a Georgia TESOL conference and  b) write an article related to the grant for the Georgia TESOL Newsletter
  7. Grant funds will be dispersed as reimbursement when receipts are submitted to 

Georgia TESOL

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