Performance Scholarship

Performance Scholarship

Funds raised from the annual silent auction at Fall Conference go to support this scholarship.

Scholarship Info

All written exams are excluded from this scholarship (i.e. NIC written, EIPA written, BEI Test of English Proficiency, etc.) with the exception of the QMHI exam.

The following exams will be supported by this scholarship

  • EIPA
  • NIC
  • BEI (Basic, Advanced, Master)
  • CDI
  • QMHI (written exam)

The number of scholarships able to be awarded may change depending on the financial stability of WisRID. Each scholarship will cover the fees for taking a performance test excluding additional charges for out-of-state or non-member rate. Candidates are asked if they are receiving additional assistance for the exam to indicate the amount and the amount remaining would then be covered by this scholarship. Candidates can only receive one performance test scholarship per calendar year. If a candidate applies for the first deadline and is not selected as a scholarship recipient, then he/she may reapply for the second deadline. Recipients that have not received a scholarship in the past calendar year will get priority.

Eligibility

Only Voting, Associate, and Student Members of WisRID in good standing may apply for scholarships (Applicants must be a member for a minimum of 30 days prior to due date of scholarships.)

Members of the Scholarship Review Group are not eligible to apply for this scholarship

Performance Test Scholarship Application Procedure

Deadline

Applications are accepted annually and must be submitted online by 5pm on February 15th and July 15th

Application Materials

All applications must include the following items and submitted online:

  • General Scholarship Application Form (log-in to your member profile to access this application)
  • Letter of intent explaining why the candidate is qualified to receive the scholarship
  • Letter of intent should emphasize educational background, interpreting experience, and any involvement with WisRID and RID
  • The letter of intent must also identify the test for which the candidate is applying
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • One (1) letter of recommendation submitted by a RID nationally certified interpreter, who is not a relative and not an interpreter trainer in a formally established interpreter training program
  • One (1) letter of recommendation submitted by a Deaf consumer, who is not a relative and not an interpreter trainer in a formally established interpreter training program
  • One (1) letter of recommendation submitted by an individual, who may or may not be an interpreter or Deaf consumer, but can speak to the candidate’s character, communication skills, and other outstanding qualities
  • Video Recommendations
  • Videos in ASL are allowed to be submitted in lieu of a written letter of recommendation.
  • Videos must be no more than four (4) minutes in length. Video link must be submitted by applicant along with other application materials.
Scholarship Voucher

Scholarship recipients will receive an award letter along with a voucher. All vouchers must be used within one (1) year after date of award letter. Persons who fail to redeem their scholarship voucher within one (1) year forfeit their scholarship, Vouchers can be redeemed by submitting them to the WisRID Treasurer along with proof of test registration and payment. Candidates must submit a signed Proof of Test Completion form by the testing administrator, such as the LTA, to the Performance Test Scholarship Coordinator. Voucher will only reimburse a candidate for the test on their scholarship application. The candidate does not have to pass the test to receive reimbursement.

Questions

If you have any questions about the scholarship or the application please contact the Scholarship Coordinator at scholarship@wisrid.org

EIPA Scholarship

WisRID is pleased to offer up to four scholarships per year for the WITA or EIPA assessments to those who qualify. The number of scholarships awarded each year may change depending on the financial stability of WisRID. One scholarship will be awarded to up to four individuals.

Who is Eligible to Apply

This scholarship opportunity is open to WisRID members in good standing who meet the following criteria

  • Those who have not taken EIPA, or
  • Those who have taken EIPA, but did not achieve at least a 3.0

One of the above criteria must be met. In addition, one of the following must be met:

  • Those who are current ITP students, or
  • Non-students are eligible if they are within one year of graduation from an ITP

The EIPA Scholarship Coordinator or members of the Scholarship Review Group may not apply for the EIPA scholarship.

Scholarship Amount

The amount awarded for each scholarship is the lesser of

  • $150 OR
  • The actual cost of the test that the recipient is responsible for paying.
Application Process/Selection Criteria

Candidates will submit the following

  • Copy of previous EIPA scores that show at least a 3.0 (EIPA) was not achieved. Or, statement from candidate that WITA or EIPA was not previously taken.
  • Copy of current school schedule, or copy of ITP graduation certificate.
  • A letter of intent explaining why s/he is qualified to receive the scholarship. Letters of intent should emphasize education, interpreting experience, and involvement in WisRID. The letter of intent must also identify the test for which the candidate is applying.
  • One letter of recommendation submitted by a nationally certified interpreter, or interpreter who possesses an EIPA score of 3.0 or higher, who is not a relative and is not an interpreter trainer in a formally established interpreter training program.
  • One letter of recommendation submitted by Deaf consumers who is not a relative and is not an interpreter trainer in a formally established interpreter training program.
  • One letter of recommendation submitted by an individual who may not be an interpreter or Deaf consumer but may speak to the candidate's character who is not a relative or interpreter traininer in a formally established interpreter training program.

Each candidate for scholarship funds must submit materials postmarked by September 15 to the Scholarship Subcommittee Coordinator

witaeipascholarships@wisrid.org

WisRID Scholarships for RID Performance Tests

This year WisRID is pleased to offer four (4) scholarships for any RID performance test. These scholarships are available to qualified candidates for reimbursement of the full price of the RID performance testing fees.

Each candidate for scholarship funds must submit materials postmarked by May 15 to the Scholarship Committee Coordinator:

scholarship@wisrid.org

Candidates may apply for one (1) or more scholarships in any given year, and may receive one (1) or more.

Applications must include:

  • 1. A letter of intent explaining why she/he is qualified to receive the scholarship. Letters of intent should emphasize education, interpreting experience, and involvement in RID. The letter of intent must also identify the test for which the candidate is applying.
  • 2. Two (2) letters of recommendation submitted by nationally certified interpreters, certified in the area for which the candidate is applying, who are not relatives and are not interpreter trainers in formally established interpreter training programs.
  • 3. Two (2) letters of recommendation submitted by Deaf consumers who are not relatives and are not interpreter trainers in formally established interpreter training programs.

Processing by the coordinator means that all submitted materials will be copied, and identifying information will be removed from the copies. Materials (original and copies) will be marked with docket numbers. Original materials will be kept by the board. Copied materials will be submitted to the Scholarship Review Group for evaluation.

The Scholarship Review Group will evaluate each set of materials based on the following criteria:

  • 1. Amount of education, interpreting experience, and involvement in RID as reported in the letter of intent.
  • 2. Quality of interpreting as described in the four letters of reference.
  • 3. Indications of commitment to the profession of interpreting in all letters.

Decisions of the Scholarship Review Group will be submitted to the board. All decisions of the Scholarship Review Group are final.

Scholarships will be granted in the form of a voucher for use during the one year period following receipt of the voucher. Candidates who have been granted vouchers will be reimbursed for the amount of the voucher.

Reimbursement will be sent upon receipt of proof of registration for and proof of payment for the appropriate test. Verification will include a copy of the completed test registration form and a receipt from NTS or a copy of a canceled check. This information must be submitted to the WisRID board by May 31 one (1) year after the voucher has been received. The test may be taken at any time. The candidate does not have to pass the test to receive reimbursement.

Persons who fail to redeem their scholarship voucher within one year forfeit their scholarship. Candidates may apply for each scholarship once per year. Candidates may re-apply until they have passed the test.

Members of the Scholarship Review Group may not apply for either scholarship. Only members of WisRID may apply for scholarships.

Nationally certified members may not apply for a scholarship for any certification which they already have, or for which they have an equivalent. CSC, CI/CT, MCSC, NAD III, NAD IV, and NAD V qualifies as equivalent for the NIC. OIC:C qualifies as equivalent for the OTC. RSC qualifies as equivalent for the CDI. Persons holding no certification or the CI, CT, IC, TC, IC/TC, OIC:V/S, OIC:S/V or CDI-P are eligible to apply. Persons holding national certification but seeking separate certification such as SC:L, CLIP-R or OTC are eligible to apply.

WisRID Scholarship Winners
Scholarships

WisRID currently offers the following scholarships for Regular, Associate, and Student members:

  • Performance Test Scholarship
  • Leo Dicker Memorial Fund
  • Hedy Miller Memorial Fund

Leo Dicker Memorial Fund

The Leo Dicker Memorial Fund is available to all Voting, Associate, and Student members seeking assistance with general professional development or mentoring costs. Submit your request to the Leo Dicker Memorial Fund Coordinator one month or more prior to the beginning date for the class, workshop, etc. you would like to participate in. Requests can be made for up to half of the actual registration cost and up to half of your travel expenses. The actual amount awarded to each recipient will depend on the amount of funds available and the number of applicants for a given year.

The Scholarship Review Group will consider the merits of your request as well as the current solvency of the fund and make the recommendation to the board to either award or decline funds or partial funds accordingly.

Examples of events
  • Mental Health Interpreter Training Institute
  • RID National and Regional Conferences
  • WisRID Fall Conference
  • Workshops on interpreting in-state and out-of-state
Your application packet must include
  • Proof of WisRID membership (Applicants must be a member for a minimum of 30 days prior to due date of scholarships.)
  • Advertisement of the activity with full registration contact information
  • A description of the registration costs and travel costs
  • The specific amount of funds you are requesting
  • An explanation of the benefit of attendance to you
  • An explanation of the benefit of attendance to WisRID
  • An account of your volunteer activities related to WisRID events/committees, as well as those in the Deaf community, in which you are, or have been involved.

Send application packet to the Leo Dicker Memorial Fund Coordinator at trainingfunds@wisrid.org.

Recipients will be responsible to pay the difference between the funds awarded and the cost of the activity. Only one (1) grant will be awarded per member per year.

Hedy Miller Memorial Fund

The Hedy Miller Memorial Fund is available to Voting, Associate, and Student members seeking assistance with professional development or mentoring costs relating to legal or religious interpreting. Submit your request to the Hedy Miller Memorial Fund Coordinator one month or more prior to the beginning date for the class, workshop, etc. you would like to participate in. Requests can be made for up to half of the actual registration cost and up to half of your travel expenses. The actual amount awarded to each recipient will depend on the amount of funds available and the number of applicants for a given year.

The Scholarship Review Group will consider the merits of your request as well as the current solvency of the fund and make the recommendation to the board to either award or decline funds or partial funds accordingly.

Your application packet must include
  • Proof of WisRID membership (Applicants must be a member for a minimum of 30 days prior to due date of scholarships.)
  • Advertisement of the activity with full registration contact information
  • A description of the registration costs and travel costs
  • The specific amount of funds you are requesting
  • An explanation of the benefit of attendance to you
  • An explanation of the benefit of attendance to WisRID
  • An account of your volunteer activities related to WisRID events/committees, as well as those in the Deaf community, in which you are, or have been involved.

Send application packet to the Hedy Miller Memorial Fund Coordinator at trainingfunds@wisrid.org

Recipients will be responsible to pay the difference between the funds awarded and the cost of the activity. Only one (1) grant will be awarded per member per year.