One $500 scholarship is awarded each year in honor of Ermal Garinger (1922-2010), a long-time leader of the association and dedicated member of the profession, who touched many lives through his teaching and service at the University of Kansas.
The candidate must be an outstanding Kansas high school senior who will enroll in a foreign language class their freshman year at an accredited college or university OR a graduated ex-student who is currently a freshman and enrolled in a foreign language class in an accredited university. The candidate must be nominated by a current member of KSWLA. At the annual KSWLA Conference, the organization will present a $500 cash scholarship to the award recipient. Complimentary meals will be provided to recipient and parents at conference luncheon.
Nomination Process: The student's teacher fills out the online nomination form (click here), and the student submits a brief written narrative, explaining why he or she desires to continue foreign language studies. Deadline for nomination is June 1st.
For further information, contact the KSWLA Past President.
2020: Alondra Aguilera, Wichita High School East, Wichita, KS and Porter Richards
2019: Naomi Galindo, Circle High School, Towanda, KS 2018: Zach Sterner, Wichita North High School
2017: Susan Lam, Wichita Southeast High School 2016: Molly Ptasznik, Wichita East High School and University of Kansas 2015: Kaley Powers, Andover Central High School 2014: Sarah Newstrom, Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, KS 2013: Noah Trapp, Ellsworth High School; and Henry Janzen, Newton High School 2012: Alma Velázquez, Shawnee Mission South High School 2010: Annelise Masters, Burlington High School 2009: Casey Dye, Gardner-Edgerton High School, Garner, KS 2008: (no nomination) 2007: Linzy Kirkpatrick, East High School, Wichita 2006: Timothy Haynes, Lawrence High School, Bethel College, and Baker University 2005: Jeffrey Reece, Larned High School and Fort Hays State University 2004: Adam Hamor 2003: Brandon Weckbaugh, Topeka West High School and Baker University 2002: Manasvi Ravichandar, Wichita East High School and Wichita State University 2001: Jamie Gritz, Eureka High School and Butler County Community College 2000: Tiffany Pankratz, Wichita East High School and Wichita State University 1999: Laci Franklin, Beloit High School and Fort Hays State University 1998: Anne Wallen, Smoky Valley High School and Kansas University 1997: Ben Marsh, Halstead High School and Kansas University 1996: Gina Goheen, French, Beloit High School and Kansas University 1995: Meagan Crough, German, Abilene High School and Baker University 1994: Laura Clark, Spanish, Wichita East High School and Kansas University 1993: Jennifer Kuhn, German, Topeka West High School and Kansas State University and Stephanie Morrell, Spanish, Beloit High School and University of Kansas