Scholarship and Service Awards

CLA members may nominate members for outstanding literary, linguistic scholarship, noted creative projects, and distinguished service awards.

The nominator and nominee must be paid financial members for the year of nomination. Books are eligible for consideration in the year of publication and the following year; thus, the Awards Committee may accord an award for a two-years’ period based on the number of nominations.

Deadline is January 31st

Please send nominations to:

1) Dr. Warren J. Carson, Chair, CLA Awards Committee

[email protected]

2) Dr. Reginald A. Bess, CLA Secretary

[email protected]

The chair of the Awards Committee will acknowledge nominations to the author, as well as provide contact information for the committee. It is the responsibility of the nominee to contact publishers and/or marketing representatives to mail copies of the book under consideration directly to the committee.


Study Abroad Scholarship

Thank you for your interest in the CLA Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship is to support students at member institutions who want to participate in a study abroad program in order to enhance his or her proficiency in a target language and/or his or her understanding of other cultures. The scholarship is open to any student who meets eligibility requirements and is presently attending a CLA college or university. A CLA college or university is one where a member of the College Language Association is presently employed or is a retiree.

These are the eligibility requirements

1. If the candidate will be studying a language other than English or will have instruction in a language other than English during study abroad, that candidate must have:
-already completed (by the date of application) at least 6 credits of college-level study of the language of the country where the study abroad will take place;
-an overall GPA in the 3.0/4.0 in courses of that language;
-an overall GPA of at least 2.5/4.0;

2. If the candidate will be taking courses taught in English during study abroad, that candidate must have
an overall GPA of at least 2.75/4.0

3. Kindly remember that each applicant must have a CLA faculty sponsor, who must:
-be a current financial member of the College Language Association in order for a student to be eligible for the scholarship competition;
-verify that the study abroad experience will take place in the summer, fall, or spring semester following the award date;
-verify that the application is complete and is ready for committee review;
-sign the application and complete the checklist; and
-verify that the award recipient has submitted his/her written summary of the study abroad experience.

The committee will do its best to consider all candidates; however, incomplete applications will be withdrawn from the competition. Student applicants and faculty sponsors with questions may contact the CLA Study Abroad Scholarship Committee Chair, Dr. Marveta Ryan-Sams, at her office phone, 724-357-2325, or may send an email message [email protected].

The following links include the necessary forms and other information about the study abroad scholarship
Application Packet
Scholarship Poster
Meet the 2016-17 Scholarship Winners
Meet the 2016 Scholarship Winners
Meet the 2015 Scholarship Winners
Meet the 2014 Scholarship Winners


College Language Association Creative Writing Contest and Margaret Walker Memorial Prizes in Creative Writing

The College Language Association (CLA) invites submissions in the genres of poetry, fiction, and drama from undergraduate and graduate students at CLA participating colleges or universities for the 2018 CLA Creative Writing Contest.

  • Submissions Open: September 1
  • Deadline: December 1
  • Winners: $500/each
  • Honorable Mentions: $75/each

Please read Contest Guidelines carefully as submissions that do not conform to all guidelines will be disqualified.

“For My People” by Margaret Walker
Tribute to Margaret Walker by Maryemma Graham