English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarships

The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program is designed to provide intensive English language instruction for U. S. citizens who are native speakers of critical languages.

The goal of the program is to enable participants to reach professional working proficiency in English, as
measured by the federal Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 3 and/or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) superior level.

The program equips participants with the ability to read, write, speak, and listen at a superior level in an effort to build a critical base of future leaders to serve in the federal government service and the broader professional community.
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Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Scholarship awards are made to U. S. citizens with at least a bachelor's degree participating in the EHLS program.

Scholarship recipients agree to seek employment with the U. S. federal government, and serve in a position for no less than one year.

Scholarship can only be used to attend an EHLS Program.

To qualify for the program, the beneficiary must be a U. S. citizen, a native speaker of a critical langauge with professional level proficiency, and possess advanced level proficiency in English.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Currently, the program is administered at Georgetown University in Washington, DC through a contract.

Beneficiary Eligibility

(1) Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application; (2) Must have a minimum proficiency in English of advanced low (as defined by ACTFL) or level 2 (as defined by ILR); (3) must also possess excellent skills in your heritage/native language (ILR level 3/ACTFL superior language proficiency or higher in all modalities of English; (4) Must have received at least an undergraduate degree by the time of application; and (5) may not be a current U.S. government employee. Eligible native languages of interest are updated annually, a list of which is available on the program web site.


Proof of U.S. citizenship and Bachelor's degree or higher. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. U.S. citizens who qualify for the program may apply for scholarships in response to the relevant announcement.

Award Procedures

Award decisions for individual scholarships will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


David L. Boren National Security Education Act, Public Law 102-183, 50 U.S.C 1901-1912.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Eligible students may receive EHLS scholarships for the duration of one program term including a six month intensive component and a two month distance-based component. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The tuition for the intensive portion of the program is paid direct to Georgetown University on behalf of the student before classes begin. The student also receives a monthly stipend during the intensive portion of the program. The tuition for the distance-based portion of the program is paid directly to Georgetown University after the intensive portion of the program ends, and right before the web-based instruction begins.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (including individual awards)) FY 16 $790,000; FY 17 est $790,000; and FY 18 est $790,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards are for $30,000 in 2010. There is no range or average.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

50 U.S.C. 1901-1911 (Chap. 37); and Department of Defense Instruction 1025.6, 'National Security Education Program Service Agreement,' December 20, 1996. The DoDGARS (as updated through DoD?s interim implementation of 2 CFR part 200 which can be found at 2 CFR part 1103) applies to DoD grants and cooperative agreements.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Kevin J. Gormley Suite 08 G 08 4800 Mark Center Dr., Alexandria, Virginia 22350 Email: kevin.j.gormley.civ@mail.mil Phone: (571) 256-0753

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

EHLS scholars are selected using a national peer-review panel process.

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