Next application deadline: February 15, 2019
Please visit this page in January for a link to the application form.
Scholarship winners will be notified by March 29, 2019.


The fall scholarship application deadline was September 28, 2018. Scholarship winners were notified in October, and we are working with them to process the awards.


English learners thrive when they have the chance to participate in enrichment activities that spark their interests beyond academics.


English Learners Achieving Now (ELAN) provides enrichment scholarships for K-12 English learners to engage in extracurricular activities. These scholarships are for students whose home language is other than English.


To apply for an ELAN scholarship, the student must have a sponsoring teacher. Each teacher may sponsor up to 3 students per application round. The teacher provides their contact information, may help the student fill out the application form, and helps us communicate with the student to fulfill their request. 


Students – with a sponsoring teacher – are invited to submit an application for an individual scholarship by our next deadline (February 15, 2019). 


Following are a few examples of what ELAN funding could support. The possibilities are as limitless as students' dreams.

  • Registration fees, materials, and/or equipment for extracurricular after-school or summer enrichment programs offered through museums, colleges, community organizations, etc.:
    • Sports, gymnastics, yoga, martial arts, etc.
    • Art, photography, music, dance, etc. – Example: Everybody Dance (see videos)
    • Geology, history, astronomy, etc. – Example: NASA Robotics
    • Outdoor exploration, gardening, etc. – Example: Outdoor Reach
  • Books for students to build their home libraries
  • Memberships for museums, aquariums, clubs, etc.


Click here to see some of the enrichment scholarships we've awarded.


English learners in grades K-12 are eligible for scholarship funding. Scholarships are up to $500, subject to availability of funds. We want our limited funds to support as many students as possible, so we ask that you request only the amount you need. For example, if you want to take a dance class, please only apply for funding to cover the cost of the class and any special equipment you’ll need for it.


Help families support their students by translating the online application to other languages using Google Translate – YouTube Tutorial Video


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ELAN does not fund requests for computer hardware or devices, but we understand this is a critical need for student success so we've collected resources for students and teachers: Click here!

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