Helen G. Agbay New Teacher Graduate Study Scholarship

The Helen G. Agbay New Teacher Graduate Study Scholarship provides a $500 scholarship to honor the memory of Helen G. Agbay, a founding member of MaFLA.  
During her career as a world language educator and interpreter, Helen Agbay taught French and Spanish at the K-12 levels as well as at the post-secondary level. She was not only a world language educator, but also an advanced degree language student of Italian and Portuguese. To honor Helen and her passion and dedication for the teaching and learning of languages, this scholarship has been created to financially assist a current foreign language teacher who is in the process of earning a master's degree in foreign language education.
The recipient must be a member in good standing of MaFLA; must be a full-time world language teacher (K-12) in a public or private school from 1-10 years; must have matriculated in a graduate studies program in foreign language education.

Please send an application letter to Julie Caldarone, Professional Award Committee Chair,

Deadline:  June 1

NECTFL/MEAD Leadership Fellows Program

The Northeast Conference, in collaboration with its 14 state association members, sponsors a program designed to identify potential leaders in the profession and to support the development of their potential. MaFLA has been authorized to select the awardee from Massachusetts.  For application details click here.  Click here to email applications or for more information.

Deadline:  Dec 1


Cemanahuac Spanish School /MaFLA Scholarship

Due to decresed attendance at the school by groups and individuals these past few years, Cemanahuac will not be offering their usual scholarship to a MAFLA member this year 2023.  They will, however, offer a 20% discount on tuintion to any MAFLA members who wishes to attend the program.  Please visit their website Cemanahuac Spanish School  for information.

The Mel & Cindy Yoken French Scholarship for Graduating HS Seniors
Amount:  $500
Due Date:  June 1, 2021

Requirements:  Applicant must have completed a minimum of 3 years of HS Level and make a committement to continue with French on the college level.
Include with the application a short essay in English on where they will be attending college, why they will be continuing with French, and the role that French will have in their future plans.  One reccommendation in French or in English from their current French teacher.

Nominating Teacher must be a MaFLA Member
Email the application to Joyce Beckwith -
Notification date:  June 8, 2021

The MaFLA/Embassy of Spain Award for Study in Spain

Not offered this year.

Massachusetts World Language Teacher of the Year

Individual members, local language associations, and education collaboratives are invited to submit a nominee for the award for the Massachusetts World Language Teacher of the Year (TOY).
TOY is intended to elevate the status of our profession and to create opportunities to recognize our most accomplished world language teachers and language advocates.  The Teacher of the Year Program has created and sustained opportunities for world language advocacy in Massachusetts and beyond.  Moreover, it is intended to create as many opportunities as possible to increase the visibility of the importance of learning languages and cultures to the general public.
Successful candidates must be full-time language educators who spend at least fifty percent (50%) of their time in direct teaching during the year of application with an expectation of teaching during the next two (2) years.  All candidates must be a MaFLA member to be eligible for the award.

Evaluation of Candidates:

• The MA World Language Teacher of the Year will be selected based on theirr ability to communicate ideas clearly, commitment to the profession, and professional growth as evidenced by the portfolio.
• Finalists will be interviewed by members of the MaFLA Teacher of the Year Committee via Zoom at a mutually agreed upon time and will be announced during the Annual Fall Conference in October. 

Click MaFLA TOY 2024 for all details and requirements for this award

MaFLA Teacher of the Year Past Winners

New Teacher Commendation

MaFLA’s mission encompasses the mentoring, support and professional growth of new teachers in the profession. This commendation awards a MaFLA membership to the honored new teacher. Deadline:  May 1

New Teacher Commendation

LILL Summer Institute for Emerging Leaders


LILL’s Summer Institute is open to up to 50 emerging leaders from across the country, and is based on the premise that every educator is a leader and strives to be highly effective. This initiative aims to bring the best and brightest language educators, teacher leaders, and national experts to explore this issue and others. This Emerging Leader will have the opportunity to discover her or his sphere of influence for effecting change, engage with peers, and create a proactive plan to grow as an effective leader and language teacher. MAFLA is proud to send a representative from our state as an investment in the future leadership of our organization and our profession, by building capacity for leading change and implementing initiatives.

Eligibility Criteria

The nominee or self-nominee must be an educator that has demonstrated excellence in working in world languages for a minimum of 3 years. The nominee should be a member of MAFLA and can join as part of the application process.

The nominee is active professionally, which could include but is not limited to:

  • Leadership with school initiatives for the district, teachers, and/or students
  • Participation or volunteering in a community-based heritage language organization
  • Active participation in a professional organization, like MAFLA
  • Conference attendance or presentations
  • Engagement in social media

This is a two-year commitment for Cohort 5 (2023-2024). The dates for LILL Cohort 5 are June 21 (starting at 12 PM ET) through June 23 (ending at 1 p.m. ET) in Savannah, Georgia.

  • Nomination Information: Complete the online application and upload materials: Nominee name, job title, information about their current position, and contact information.
  • Nomination Narrative: All components of the nomination narrative must be completed and submitted, and should not exceed two pages.
    1. Describe the nominee’s professional participation.
    2. Describe a project that the nominee would like to do in collaboration with MAFLA to have a positive impact on language learning in our community. This project should demonstrate a connection between your idea, the MAFLA Mission and Vision, and the MAFLA Strategic Plan. 
    3. Describe how LILL will benefit the nominee personally and professionally. When answering this section, be sure to reflect on the traits of an emerging leader.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae:

  • The nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae will need to be submitted with the nomination. The résumé or curriculum vitae should include information such as: educational history, dates, and titles of professional certificates/endorsements, professional work experience and membership in professional organizations. 

Letter of Support

  • Includes 1 letter of support regarding the nominee’s potential as an Emerging Leader for languages. This can be from any of the following, but not limited to: a superintendent, an administrator, a colleague, a student, or a civic leader.


Application Form

Distinguished Service Award

Do you know someone who has provided exceptional and meritorious service to the world language profession in Massachusetts? If so, consider nominating that individual for MaFLA Distinguished Service Award. Nominations should be submitted through this link.

Please note the DSA Rubric below. Deadline: June 1

DSA Winners

DSA Rubric


MaFLA Service Awards

Do you have 25 years of service as a world language teacher?  Are you retiring this year? If so, let MaFLA honor you.  Submit your information here.

These awards honor retiring foreign language teachers and those with 25 years of service in the foreign language teaching profession are presented at the Annual Meeting each year.

Deadline:  October 7


NECTFL/MEAD Leadership Fellows Program

The Northeast Conference, in collaboration with its 14 state association members, sponsors a program designed to identify potential leaders in the profession and to support the development of their potential. MaFLA has been authorized to select the awardee from Massachusetts.  For application details click here.  Click here to email applications or for more information.

Deadline:  Dec 1

Alliance Française of Boston Award for Middle School Teachers of French

The Alliance Française of Boston is pleased to announce its support of MaFLA Middle School Teachers of French with a new grant. Three grants of up to $400 to fully or partially fund a project will be awarded to teachers who demonstrate that their project will help to promote the learning of French and bring excitement to their French program. The Alliance Française will consider all ideas for the award such as offsetting the cost of a field trip, inviting a chef for a cooking demonstration or hosting a musician, a dance troupe from Haiti, a poet or a speaker to discuss a topic of interest to the students. Additionally the award could provide material or technological assistance, or to arrange for a “video-pal” with a class from a francophone country. The Alliance Française believes that the middle school age is the time when many students become fascinated with the richness of a particular foreign language, and decide to continue studying that language in high school. Grant will be paid directly by the French Cultural Center of Boston.  Preference will be given to members of MaFLA, AATF and/or the French Cultural Center.

Deadline: December 15
Award announcement date: February 15

Application Form

If you have any questions, please contact: Lucy Page Sprayregen Tel. 781-259-0690