Elizabeth Glunk, studying Teaching English as a Second Language, is a LatPro Scholarship Finalist

[I] chose my major during my Sophomore year of college. At the time, I was planning on double majoring in English and Spanish. However, I was searching for something more. 

As long as I can remember, I have always had a great passion for foreign cultures and people groups, and I have always had a heart for teaching. However, I never had interest in becoming a general education teacher. One day, someone told me I should explore the ESL Education Major at my university. I had no idea what “ESL” even stood for. When I learned that “ESL” stood for English as a Second Language, I was immediately intrigued. The idea of teaching immigrants and students of various nationalities and working in a learning environment where I could engage with students who bring a wealth of diverse cultural experiences stirred my heart. 

My dream, which is just as alive today as it was then, is to provide students, particularly English language learners, with the educational support and encouragement needed to overcome the hindrances involved in learning a new language. More than that, I hope to inspire these students to discover and fulfill their dreams in spite of the countless hardships they face in this country.

Since that time, I have gone on to complete my undergraduate studies in attempt to make my dream of teaching ESL a reality. In May of 2012 I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English for Speakers of Other Languages. However, I have struggled tremendously in finding a full time teaching position over the past few months due to the effects of education budget cuts on the hiring process of local school districts in our presently struggling economy. 

However, I refuse to let this hinder me. Currently, I am volunteering my time with refugees seeking to learn English, and I work part time as an ESL Instructor for adults in the community. Furthermore, I am pursing a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at The University of Texas at San Antonio. However, I am feeling the financial burdens of higher education, and I am seeking out financial assistance in order to continue my education. Obtaining a Master’s degree will enable me to persevere in the pursuit of becoming a full-time ESL Teacher, and maybe even an ESL specialist one day. I would in turn use my knowledge and experiences in ESL to start programs or improve existing programs across the United States, or maybe even abroad. I believe this scholarship will greatly aid me in obtaining a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, and ultimately help me to fulfill my dream and encourage others to do the same.’s scholarship program is proud to announce Elizabeth Glunk as one of the finalists for its December 2012 application deadline. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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