You really cannot get far these days without a college education. However, college costs money. It costs a lot of money. In fact, tuition rates are rising every year. Is college becoming more and more necessary, yet more and more out of reach? What about free money for college? Everyone would love free money to go to college. Maybe more people would have a college degree if they had the opportunity to qualify for scholarships or grants. Those questions are as far as most people look because they are convinced that they do not have the athleticism or the academics to qualify for any scholarships.
Well, look no further. There truly are scholarships out there for everyone. At least, if you know Klingon. Yes, you heard me. Klingon. Now you know what I mean when I said there really is a scholarship out there for everyone. I bet the creators of Star Trek had no idea what they were creating when they started, but now there is an entire language, along with a non-profit organization to back a scholarship for all of the Trekkies out there.
The Klingon Language Institute sponsors an annual scholarship entitled, “The Kor Memorial Scholarship.” This scholarship is not specifically for those native Klingon-speakers, but it sure doesn’t hurt to know that language! Seriously, the scholarship is meant for language learners of any language. Creative and innovative candidates are highly encouraged for this scholarship. Imagine – a reward for school for being a ‘Trekkie.’
Undergraduate and graduate students are all eligible for this scholarship, and nominations from academic chairs, department heads and deans are accepted. No more than one undergraduate and one graduate nominee are accepted for consideration each award year.
This scholarship grants a $500 award every year. The selection committee chooses a winner, and that winner is announced at the annual Klingon Language Institute conference. The committee is comprised of various language specialists and the Director of the Klingon Language Institute.
Each nominee must be a full-time, degree-seeking student when the award is given. While no specific GPA requirements are listed, qualified nominees must show that they have the support of their faculty by submitting the following:
-a nomination letter from the head of the department, chair or dean discussing the nominee’s academic accomplishments, both current and expected;
-Two letters of recommendation from additional faculty members in the language department;
-A brief statement from the nominee detailing his/her goals and purpose with their language degree fulfillment
-An education resume or cover letter discussing the nominee’s educational background, including any and all awards, recognition, experience, community service, etc.
Now you can showcase your unique language skills, along with your love of language, all while earning additional funds to go to school. Five hundred dollars can go a long way toward tuition and books, and while the Klingon language is not being studied in schools quite yet, maybe you can do your part to furthering the growth of what the KLI says is the world’s fastest growing language.
Please send all completed applications to the address below. The deadline is June 1st of the award year. The KLI will not respond to any requests for information.
Klingon Language Institute
Kor Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 634
Flourtown, PA 19031 USA