FRID Scholarships

FRID awards several scholarships each year for qualified members. These scholarships range from mentoring to testing to a monetary award. Read below for more details on each scholarship.

The deadline for all scholarships is June 1 annually.

The winners will be informed by June 30 and publicly announced during the Annual Business Meeting.

FRID Mentoring Scholarship

TEAM BRENDA MENTORING SCHOLARSHIP

In collaboration with, and in honor of, Brenda Renee Walker for her contributions to the field of Interpreting and commitment to mentoring, the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf will award one mentoring scholarship, up to $500.00, annually. This award will be given to an interpreter seeking to grow their professional skills through a structured mentorship. This includes, but is not limited to, interpreters seeking to bridge the gap between educational preparation programs and work-readiness, veteran interpreters wanting to improve a specific skill area, interpreters wanting to enhance language proficiency, or interpreters pursuing or maintaining interpreter certification or credentialing.

Brenda selected the above image of the tree and the “Team Brenda” name for the scholarship. For her, trees were symbolic of family. Through this scholarship, we will be able to continue to grow her family of interpreters and the members of “Team Brenda”, which will serve as a part of her enduring legacy.

An application will be considered complete once the online application (FRID Mentoring Scholarship Application - coming soon) has been submitted and all necessary documentation has been received by FRID Secretary (secretary@fridcentral.org)

FRID MENTORING SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

  • Complete application (incomplete applications will not be considered).

  • Applicants must be a FRID member in good standing for at least one year.

  • Scholarship monies used within the one year awarded.

  • Preference may be given to applicants who have not received FRID funding in the past two years.

Must submit the following documentation:

  • An essay about what the applicant wants to gain from mentorship and how this mentorship will help give back to the Interpreting and Deaf communities

  • Include two letters of recommendation indicating the applicant's need for mentoring:

  • One letter from an existing FRID member in good standing, and
  • One letter from the prospective mentor
  • A mentoring plan which includes:

  • Mentoring curricula used (if applicable)

  • Goals and objectives focused upon
  • A schedule of meetings
  • The modality meetings will occur (i.e., onsite, online, or blended).
  • Interpreting mentor should hold an interpreter credential (i.e., RID, EIPA-4.0, BEI-Advanced/Master, or AVLIC)

    All documentation should be emailed to secretary@fridcentral.org

    FRID Testing Scholarships

    SHIRLEY T. HERALD RID SCHOLARSHIPS

    In honor of Shirley Herald, former FRID Board member, the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf will award scholarships annually to members who wish to sit for national level interpreter examinations. 

    One scholarship will be awarded for an RID written examination (the knowledge-based examination for either the NIC or the CDI). Additionally, one scholarship will be awarded for an RID performance examination (NIC or CDI).

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    SHANNON SIMON EIPA PERFORMANCE TEST SCHOLARSHIP

    In honor of Shannon Simon and her fervid commitment to educational interpreters, the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf will award one scholarship annually for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (performance exam only).

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    An application will be considered complete once the online application (FRID Testing Scholarship Application) has been submitted and all necessary documentation has been received by FRID Secretary (secretary@fridcentral.org)

    FRID Testing Scholarship Criteria

    • Been a FRID member in good standing for at least 1 year
    • Agree to remain a FRID member in good standing for the next 2 years
    • Never before received the scholarship for which they are applying
      - A candidate may only receive one written examination scholarship and one performance scholarship during their lifetime (they may receive one of each)

    Must submit the following documentation:

    • Documentation of being a working interpreter or of being in last year of ITP (For written exams only)
    • Documentation of passing RID written test (For RID performance scholarship only)
    • Two (2) letters from nationally certified interpreters indicating the applicant’s readiness to sit for the examination
    • Applicant's letter indicating what they have done to prepare for the test, and indicating how applicant will support FRID in the years following receipt of award
    All documentation should be emailed to secretary@fridcentral.org

    FRID Monetary Scholarships

    Betty Edwards Scholarship

    In honor of Betty Edwards, first President of FRID, the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf will award one scholarship annually in the amount of $150. 

    This scholarship shall be applied to help a student of the profession achieve growth in a professional capacity. 

    The funds can be used for an interpreter diagnostic assessment, an interpreter mentorship, or other purpose as deemed appropriate by the Board of FRID.

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    An application will be considered complete once the online application (FRID Monetary Scholarship Application) has been submitted and all necessary documentation has been received by FRID Secretary (secretary@fridcentral.org)

    FRID Monetary Scholarship Criteria

    • Be a student currently enrolled in a Florida Sign Language Interpreter Training Program
    • Does not hold RID national certification
    • Be a FRID member in good standing
    • Agree to remain a FRID member in good standing for the next 2 years
    • Never before received the scholarship for which they are applying

    Must submit the following documentation:

    • Documentation of current enrollment in a Florida Sign Language Interpreter Training Program
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant's desire to pursue a career as a sign language interpreter:
      1)  One letter from a certified interpreter
      2) One letter from an instructor from the applicant's interpreter program
      3)  One letter from a member of the Deaf community
    • Applicant's letter describing how the scholarship will be used, and indicating how applicant will support FRID in the years following receipt of award
    All documentation should be emailed to secretary@fridcentral.org
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