History and Purpose
In 1961 Alpha Delta Kappa, International Honorary Organization for Women Educators, unanimously adopted the concept for the International Teacher Education program as its International altruistic program — a program designed, at that time, to bring women students to the United States for their final year in teacher training. In 1963, the first three Alpha Delta Kappa-International Teacher Education students arrived from Switzerland, Germany, and Argentina. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship. Through the years, Alpha Delta Kappa has increased the size of its scholarships, and today each recipient receives a $10,000 scholarship. Students currently in our program may apply for an additional year. To date, Alpha Delta Kappa has sponsored over 200 students from more than 40 countries.
Funded by the more than 1,300 Alpha Delta Kappa chapters, the purpose of this scholarship program is:
- To promote better worldwide understanding through the field of education;
- To focus attention on the precepts which are the foundation of Alpha Delta Kappa.
The goals of the International Teacher Education Program provide students from countries outside the United States the following opportunities:
- To study in American universities and colleges;
- To learn about the philosophy of education, methods, and materials of instruction in the United States;
- To observe democracy in action;
- To share their experiences with people both in the United States and abroad.
- Each Alpha Delta Kappa - International Teacher Education student will receive the scholarship in installments at designated intervals at the college/university she will attend. (This grant is not adequate to cover all expenses.)
- Each student shall submit to the chairman of the International Teacher Education Board a written statement outlining how each installment will be used.
- Housing arrangements are the responsibility of the student.
- Each student is encouraged to live in college/university housing.
- Each student will have Alpha Delta Kappa co-sponsors who live near her university. The co-sponsors will introduce the student to Alpha Delta Kappa, provide a family relationship, and assist with adjustments.
- Each student is encouraged to file a report with the Alpha Delta Kappa - International Teacher Education Board for a period of two years following completion of her studies.
Alpha Delta Kappa does not assume responsibility for injury, accident, or illness. Alpha Delta Kappa - International Teacher Education students must agree to purchase hospitalization insurance as offered by the college or university or through the agency recommended by the Institute of International Education.
Scholarship funds are not available for transportation purposes. Each student is responsible for her own travel expenses.
- Applicants must be single women with no dependents and maintain that status throughout the scholarship period to retain the scholarship.
- Applicants must be at least 20 years of age and not more than 35 years of age at the time of the application deadline of January 1, in the year study is to begin.
- Applicants must be non-U.S. citizens living outside of the United States and must maintain that residency status from the time of application to the awarding of the scholarship.
- Applicants shall rank academically in the top 25 percent of their class.
- Applicants should have well-rounded personalities and display strong leadership qualities.
- Applicants shall display a genuine interest in the promotion of better world understanding through education.
- Applicants shall have the ability and the willingness to adapt readily to new situations.
- Applicants shall have received an undergraduate degree and be eligible to receive a master's degree.
- Recipients are required to carry sufficient credit hours to qualify as a full time student.
- Applicants shall plan to enter the teaching profession or be engaged in the teaching profession.
Members of Alpha Delta Kappa are not eligible for International Teacher Education Scholarships.
Completed applications must be received by Alpha Delta Kappa International Headquarters on or before January 1.
Alpha Delta Kappa International Headquarters
1615 West 92nd St.
Kansas City, MO 64114-3210
(800) 247-2311 • (816) 363-5525
FAX (816) 363-4010
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