RIFLA Awards


See below for instructions on how to apply in 2018!


RIFLA Awards 2017


RIFLA Student of the Year:

Michael Hanlon, Middletown High School


RIFLA Teacher of the Year:

Xiayan Hu, Instructor of Chinese, URI. Pictured above.


John O. Pastore RIFLA Teacher Study Stipend

Kayla Butts, Teacher of French, Coventry High School


RIFLA Elementary And Middle School Annual Poster Contest: Featured Above! 

Elementary: Gianna Fitts, Richmond Elementary School

Middle:  Aria Carnavale, Jamestown Lawn School


RIFLA High School Annual Video Contest

LIllian Steinweh-Adler, North Kingstown High School


RIFLA College Study Stipend

Armando Monge, Rhode Island College


Norma Garnett Advocacy Award

Magali Boutiot, Linguistic and Educational Assistant, French Consulate of Boston


RIFLA Teacher Professional Development Stipend

Dora Vasquez-Hellner, Teacher of Spanish, Westerly High School

Catena Bellone, Teacher of Italian, Westerly Middle School


How to Apply

Applicants must be RIFLA members. Click on the award name below to download the application.

Awards for Teachers:

The Mary L. Borra Excellence Award*
Open to RIFLA members for a creative project beneficial to the world languages profession

Deadline: March 15th

RIFLA Teacher of the Year*
Open to outstanding educators from within RIFLA membership
Deadline: March 15th

John O. Pastore Teacher Study Stipend*
Open to RIFLA members planning to study abroad
Deadline: March 15th

RIFLA Teacher Professional Development Stipend

Open to all current RIFLA members who will be teaching during the next school year

Deadline: March 15th

Novice Teacher Award*
Open to novice teachers who have three or fewer years teaching experience.
Deadline: March 15th

SANS, Inc./Mead Leadership Fellows Program (NECTFL)*
Open to RIFLA members, the SANS Mead Leadership Fellows Program supports individuals in the development of a project that contributes to the world language teaching profession and advances quality language instruction. The Mead program was created to develop future leaders for the profession at the state, regional, and national levels. 
Deadline:  November 1st to the RIFLA Board.

Open to all elementary and middle grades students whose teachers are members of RIFLA. New in 2016: Awards will be made for the best poster of grades K-4 and grades 5-8.
Deadline: March 15th

Click  here to see the 2017 Elementary Poster Contest Winning entry
Click  here to see the 2017 Middle School Poster Contest Winning entry

Open to high school students whose teachers are members of RIFLA

Click here to watch the 2017 winning video

Deadline: March 15th

RIFLA College Study Stipend*
Open to college students planning to study abroad
Deadline: March 15th

RIFLA Student of the Year*
Open to high school world language students with outstanding academic performance whose teachers are members of RIFLA
Deadline: March 15th

Community Awards:

Open to a community member outside of the field of language education who would be worthy of receiving the Norma Garnett Advocacy Award. The nominee will have demonstrated advocacy for the development and/or betterment of world language study in our schools. Selected annually by the RIFLA Advocacy Committee.

*If the award recipient is unable to attend the RIFLA Spring Dinner Meeting, a representative from the school must be present to collect the award.

External Awards:

NECTFL MEAD Leadership Fellows Program

This unique fellowship assists emerging leaders by giving them expert mentoring and a community to develop a project that benefits the world language education profession. NECTFL has long been a champion of our region’s leaders and the list of fellows' ongoing accomplishments and contributions to the profession continues to grow and have an immense impact regionally and nationally.


This opportunity is for a leader in language learning in Rhode Island who can work on a project that would have a significant impact on world language teaching and learning. It is vital that we continue to grow and improve as a profession. The NECTFL Mead Fellowship is one way we can ensure that as a profession, we are continuing to innovate. The leadership projects can involve research, teaching strategies, or pedagogical development.


Full information about the program, award, and application can be found at the following link: http://www.nectfl.org/mead-leadership-fellowships.


RIFLA nominates one individual per year for this prestigious opportunity. Please fill out the following application to be considered for a nomination from RIFLA. The deadline to submit your application is November 16th, 2017.  Please forward your application to Sarah Steverman at ssteverman@westerly.k12.ri.us or mail it to RIFLA PO Box 200 Peacedale, RI 02883. 



Open to any Rhode Island resident or student of a Rhode Island college or university who wishes to pursue foreign language study
Deadline: Please see RI Foundation website for current deadline information.

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