Lead with Languages Scholarship

Concordia Language Villages is pleased to be a sponsor of Lead with Languages, a national campaign that is focused on promoting language learning to students, parents and others who influence language learners. Learning a language can be fun and exciting, and languages are a highly sought-after skill in a variety of careers.

Are you 7-18 years old and a new two- or four-week Concordia Language Villages villager? We want you to immerse yourself in language learning, so we are awarding (25) $1,000 Lead with Languages scholarships so that you can attend a summer youth immersion program at Concordia Language Villages this summer. You may choose a two- or four-week session in any of the languages offered: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

To enter the competition, participants are required to submit a photo and caption that answers the question, "Why is learning [insert specific language you are interested in] important to me?" Then, share your submission on social channels and collect votes from friends and family. The application deadline is February 28, 2019; however, the earlier you enter, the more days you have to collect votes. Contest and voting ends February 28, 2019. Ten (10) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded through a public vote and fifteen (15) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded by Concordia Language Villages scholarship team.

Preference will be given for those scholarships selected by Concordia Language Villages scholarship team with a household Adjusted Gross Income of $100,000 or less; if awarded, proof of income is required. Scholarship award letters will be mailed by mid-March. Awardees will be expected to accept or decline the scholarship offer and register for a session within two weeks of receiving the award letter. Note that scholarships cover $1,000 of tuition costs of a two- or four-week program and do not cover transportation costs. Other sessions including day camps, family sessions and one-week programs not eligible for this scholarship. Lead with Languages scholarships cannot be stacked with Passport Fund scholarships. If an applicant is awarded both a Lead with Languages scholarship and a Passport Fund scholarship, the higher of the two scholarships will be applied. Applicants must be a new 2- or 4-week Concordia Language Villages villager.

To Apply

1. Submit your photo and caption here. Your photo and caption should answer the question, "Why is learning [insert specific language you are interested in] important to me? Consider the following: 

How will I use this language in my career?

  • Will you be a doctor in a Spanish-speaking community and want to communicate with your patients?
  • Will you be a software engineer for Facebook’s international team?
  • Will you work as an ambassador to Russia or other global position?
  • Will you work as the French marketing manager for Nike?

How will I use this language to connect with my heritage?

  • Will you learn to read your grandmother’s recipe for lefse, kimchi or croissants?
  • Will you trace your family’s Arabic roots back to native Egypt?

How will I use this language to connect with friends from around the globe?

  • Will you reconnect with your German pen pal, communicating in his native language?
  • Will you chat with Korean friends about Kpop and emerging fashion?

How will I use this language to achieve my dream for the future?

  • Will you travel somewhere you’ve always imagined or walk on the Great Wall of China?
  • Will you make an impact on world peace while volunteering with the Peace Corps?

2. Share your submission on social media channels, encouraging your friends and family to vote for you! Ten scholarships will be awarded via public vote, and fifteen scholarships awarded via Concordia Language Villages scholarship team. For those scholarships awarded by Concordia Language Villages, proof of income must be submitted upon awarding.

3.Remember, you must be a new two- or four-week Concordia Language Villages villager to participate.

Find our full cancellation policy here. Questions may be sent via email to scholshp@cord.edu.