UMTIA: Upper Midwest Translators & Interpreters Association, A Chapter of the ATA

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Fall 2019 Scholarship Recipient

How to Apply

The Upper Midwest Translators and Interpreters Association (UMTIA) is proud to provide academic scholarships as a way to recognize and support UMTIA members who are aspiring to further their education in interpreting and/or translation by pursuing a degree or certificate through an accredited institution. Two scholarships of $600 each are to be awarded throughout the year to individuals selected by the committee. The spring semester deadline is March 15 and the fall semester deadline is October 15 every year. You can learn more about the UMTIA scholarships here. *PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO FALL 2021 SCHOLARSHIP AS UMTIA HAS DECIDED TO RAFFLE OFF SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE ATA CONFERENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS INSTEAD OF THE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP.*

Have questions about our scholarship opportunities? Please send us an email at

**Apply Now!**

Please send the following by email to Remember that the deadlines are March 15 for spring semester and October 15 for fall semester. All applicants must be UMTIA members.

  • **UMTIA Scholarship Application**
  • Official high school (or higher education) transcripts or equivalent
  • Proof of acceptance in the Translation and Interpretation program
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation with contact information from supervisors or professors of translation/interpretation
  • Current resume
  • Proof of Language Testing (as selected by their program) and level obtained

UMTIA reserves the right to use names, application information and photographs for promotional purposes solely within the organization. Applicant consents to these conditions in the application process.

IMPORTANT: UMTIA reserves the right to request further information from the applicant in order to better determine his or her qualifications. Upon acceptance, the scholarship funds will be awarded only after the student has submitted evidence of completion of a course in a Translation and Interpreting program. Applicant must submit unofficial transcript with semester grades.

An Interview with a Scholarship Recipient

Check out a short interview with the recipient of UMTIA's spring 2020 academic scholarship, Laura Ornelas. 

1. Why did you decide to study translation and interpreting?

Translation and interpreting has always been a passion of mine because through it I am able to help people. I decided that if I wanted to make this a career I needed to gain essential skills to do my job in a more professional manner.

2. Where are you studying translation/interpreting and what part has been more beneficial to you?

I am a student at Century College. Through this program I have learned the importance and the magnitude of this career path.

3. What field of translation and interpreting interests you most?

After learning of the different fields of interpreting I think the two that fascinates me the most and the ones I want to focus on the most is medical and legal interpreting.

4. When did you hear about UMTIA? And about the scholarship?

The first time I heard about UMTIA was through HCMC, I worked for the Child Psych Clinic and signed up for a Mental Health seminar they had. But the first time I heard about the scholarship was through Century.

5. Give a piece of advice to those people looking to pursue the same professional path.

If I were to give a piece of advice to anyone that is also interested is to be as open minded and patient because it is hard work. You have to be willing to put in all the time it needs to take classes and do the assignments and absorb as much as you can.


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