Grant and Scholarship Opportunities
Eleftherios Kormpas Annual Membership Grants
This year 10 Eleftherios Kormpas Membership Grants are going to be given to 10 attendees of the 39th TESOL Greece International Annual Convention “Keeping it Practical”.
The Eleftherios Kormpas Membership Grant is to attend the TESOL Greece International Convention and become a full member of the association for one calendar year.
Any TESOL Greece Member, lapsed, non-member or potential member may apply for the Eleftherios Kormpas Membership Grant.
The Membership Grant is twofold:
- Supports (valid, at the time of application) ΟΑΕΔ card holders. Up to ten applicants will be accepted per year at the time of the convention (30€ fees).
- Supports regular members. Up to five applicants will be accepted per year at the time of the convention (50€ fees).
Steps for the Membership Grant:
- Interested individuals (members and non-members) email TG at email@example.com to express their interest by February 16th.
- ΟΑΕΔ holders, along with their email of interest, need to attach a scanned copy of their valid ΟΑΕΔ Card. If the ΟΑΕΔ Card is invalid or not attached, the application is invalid.
- Regular members: they send their email of interest.
- TG Executive Secretary keeps track of the interested applicants by date and time the e-mail has been sent. All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified about their status prior to the convention.
- The first 10 (valid) ΟΑΕΔ card holders are awarded the Eleftherios Kormpas Membership Grant.
- The first 5 regular members are awarded the Eleftherios Kormpas Membership Grant.
- This is not a cash Membership Grant, and cannot be refunded, the recipients need to come to the TG convention to claim their Membership Grant. They need to have with them the email from the Executive secretary and a form of ID. If the recipient of the Grant fails to attend the convention, they will not be given the Grant. The applicant may apply for the Grant the next year.
- A person who has been awarded the Grant cannot apply for another for the next 3 years.
Maricelle Meyer Scholarship
In fond remembrance of Ms. Maricelle Meyer, the Maricelle Meyer Scholarship is awarded each year at the TESOL Greece Convention. The €400 scholarship has been designated to provide financial support for one TESOL Greece member to attend a professional training course of his/her choosing. The scholarship is not a cash award; it will be paid by TESOL Greece directly to the selected training programme.
Who can apply?
All TESOL Greece members in good standing, who have not won the Scholarship within the last three (3) years, may apply during the convention at the registration desk. Ask for the relevant form, which you will need to fill out, at the registration desk A drawing will be held at the General Assembly during the Convention (Sunday 4th, 15:30, at the Pierce Theater).
- You must be present at the General Assembly to win.
- A person who has been awarded the Scholarship cannot apply for the next 3 years.
The Professor James E. Alatis Honorary Plenary
On March 22, 2015, as a small token of appreciation and gratitude for Professor Alatis’ longstanding and generous support of TESOL Greece, the TESOL Greece General Assembly unanimously voted to establish the James Efstathios Alatis Honorary Plenary.
This plenary is to be presented each year at the TESOL Greece International Convention by a colleague who has demonstrated outstanding service to the ELT field. This year, at the 39th Tesol Greece Annual International Convention, this plenary will be given by Luke Prodromou.
Who was Professor Alatis?
Professor James E. Alatis (1926-2015) was a founding member of TESOL Inc. and its first executive director. He served from the establishment of the association in 1966 through 1987, at which time he became executive director emeritus.
Professor Alatis also served at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in numerous capacities, including dean emeritus at the School of Languages and Linguistics; Distinguished Professor of linguistics and Modern Greek; senior advisor to the dean of the Georgetown College for International Language Programs and Research; and director of the university master’s program in TESOL. Over the course of his career, Professor Alatis also published numerous articles and books, served as an editor to prestigious journals in the field, and presented at conferences all over the world. He earned numerous awards as well.
Professor Alatis’ vision of English language teaching, as he described it in an interview:
“Teacher education is the heart of the matter. The goal of teachers is to provide their students with the highest quality instruction possible. This can be done only if the teachers are themselves well educated and continue to develop professionally throughout their lives. ‘And gladly will he learn and gladly teach,’ Chaucer told us about a good teacher. This involves learning and teaching in perpetuity.”