Each student who receives the AALB Underrepresented Language Scholarship will receive $150 towards the AALB certificate to become a professional medical interpreter.
There are currently five (5) scholarships available.
Please click HERE to help fund the scholarship with a tax-deductible donation.
The United States is experiencing a significant shortage of medical interpreters, especially in rarer languages. The purpose of this scholarship is to increase the supply of professionally trained medical interpreters in underrepresented languages, decreasing the dependence on ad-hoc interpreters, increasing the quality of patient care.
There are quite a few languages with over 50,000 Limited English Speakers (LES) and less than 10 certified medical interpreters in the USA. These languages include Albanian, Amharic, Bengali, Cushite, German, Igbo, Punjabi, Romanian, Serbocroatian, Telugu, Ukrainian, Armenian, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Laotian, Mon-Khmer/Cambodian, Tagalog, Telegu, Thai, Urdu, Yiddish, Yoruba, and all forms of non-ASL Sign Language.
Students who speak rarer languages with less than 50,000 LES are also more than welcome to apply. All students who are eligible to apply will be valued equally regardless of language.
We consider any spoken language that has less than 10 nationally certified interpreters is considered to be underrepresented in medical interpretation. Please check the CCHI & NBCMI Registries to see how many certified interpreters there are in your language. All non-ASL sign languages are considered underrepresented in medical interpretation.
Note: Meeting the requirement does not guarantee the scholarship due to a limited amount of funding available.
All students that receive the scholarship will be held to the same standard as the other students. Therefore, students are required to submit evidence of English proficiency along with evidence of proficiency in their underrepresented language. In addition, students are required to have a computer with stable internet connection, webcam, and microphone. Please read more about the training, including the detailed policies and procedures, by clicking HERE.