DR. COMFORT AWOTWI PRATT ENDOWED STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP                                                    

                                                                    

 

Chapter Alpha Phi of Sigma Delta Pi established on February 20, 2015 the

 

DR. COMFORT AWOTWI PRATT ENDOWED STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

 

Dr. Comfort Awotwi Pratt, Associate Professor in the College of Education, has been the Adviser of Chapter Alpha Phi since 2004. During this period, the Chapter has distinguished itself as one of the best in the nation, with a total of thirty-two national awards and recognitions. Dr. Pratt has also achieved individual recognitions including three Minaya Álvar Fáñez Awards for Outstanding Adviser of the Year, a José Martel Award for Most Outstanding Adviser over a five year period, and an induction into the Order of the Discoverers recognizing her outstanding service in the fields of Hispanic scholarship and the teaching of Spanish. In 2013, she was elected National Vice President of the Southwest responsible for eight states including Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. She has also served as the Chair of the Sigma Delta Pi Graduate Research Competition since the grant was established in 2008. She was also named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in 2013. Chapter Alpha Phi’s dynamism has had a significant impact on the Lubbock community, and Dr. Pratt was recognized by Texas Tech University Student Organizations as Outstanding Adviser of the Year in 2013.

 

For these accomplishments, Dr. Alice White, former senior administrator of Texas Tech University, established a $10,000.00 Endowment for Chapter Alpha Phi in honor of Dr. Pratt in 2012. The Dr. Comfort Awotwi Pratt Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship will be awarded annually to members of Chapter Alpha Phi of Sigma Delta Pi who have participated actively in the activities and events of the organization for at least two academic years to help fund a study abroad experience in Spain or Latin America. The scholarship will be funded with proceeds of the $10,000.00 Endowment established in perpetuity by Dr. Alice White for Sigma Delta Pi in honor of Dr. Comfort Pratt in 2012. The scholarship will be awarded in perpetuity. When Dr. Comfort Pratt leaves Texas Tech University, Sigma Delta Pi will continue to award the scholarship using the same name and the same criteria in perpetuity.

 

RULES GOVERNING THE SCHOLARSHIP

 

CRITERIA

FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY MEMBERS OF SIGMA DELTA PI:

To be eligible to receive the Dr. Comfort Awotwi Pratt Scholarship, the applicant must meet the following minimal requirements:

1) Must have participated actively in activities and events of Sigma Delta Pi since his or her initiation;

2) Must be applying for the scholarship to travel abroad to participate in a Texas Tech University faculty-led study abroad program for the study of Spanish in Spain or Spanish America

3) Must be enrolled on February 1 as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student of Texas Tech University

4) Must have studied at Texas Tech University for at least 4 semesters

5) Must be a full-time student specializing in Bilingual Education: Spanish (not ESL) or Spanish

6) Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher

7) Must use the scholarship for a summer study abroad program

8) Must write a report on the study abroad program and submit it to the chapter Adviser by September 1

9) The scholarship is not transferable and must therefore be returned if the winner is no longer participating in a summer study abroad program

10) Previous winners, whether they accepted or declined the scholarship, may not apply again

FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT YET MEMBERS OF SIGMA DELTA PI:

To be eligible to receive the Dr. Comfort Awotwi Pratt Scholarship, the applicant must meet the following minimal requirements:

1) Must be participating in the Study Abroad for Educators in Salamanca, Spain program

2) Must become a  member of Chapter Alpha Phi of Sigma Delta Pi after the study abroad program, and serve on the Executive Committee for at least one academic year after the initiation

APPLICATION FORM

Applicants must use the following downloadable application form: Dr. Comfort Awotwi Pratt Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship Application Form.

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

All applications, including all required documentation, must be submitted via e-mail to the Scholarship Committee at texastechsigmadeltapi@gmail.com by midnight on April 15. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

 

EVALUATION OF APPLICATIONS

The Scholarship Committee, chaired by the Adviser assisted by the Honorary President (or the President if there is no Honorary President), will select the winners of the scholarship using an established set of criteria.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

The winners will be announced by April 30. The committee will determine how many scholarships will be awarded each year and the amount of money to be awarded.

 

 

 

 

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