Interpreter Training Program

The winner of our annual scholarship will receive fully paid tuition to our  Interpreter Training Program, which includes live sessions, tools, resources and career mentoring.

Scholarship Application

Should we make an investment in YOUR future?

Earning a certificate of completion from the Virginia Institute of Interpreting (V.I.I.) opens the door to infinite new career possibilities using a skill set you already have: Being bilingual.

At V.I.I. we are passionate about language and learning. We have seen students graduate from our program with job offers waiting.  We never want lack of funds to be a barrier for someone deserving or driven, which is why we’ve developed our Interpreter Training Program Scholarship.

Recognizing students with a passion for language and determination to enter the professional interpreting industry, we are excited to offer a V.I.I. annual scholarship.

The winner of our annual scholarship will receive fully paid tuition to our  Interpreter Training Program, which includes live sessions, tools, resources and career mentoring.

Open the door to your future now. Apply below

Are You Eligible?

To qualify for a V.I.I. scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be fully bilingual, including high proficiency in American English
  • Have no previous interpreting training, but may have informal experience, such as interpreting ad hoc for family members by virtue of their bilingual abilities
  • Have a minimum of a high school degree or equivalent
  • Demonstrate (via tax returns upon request) that they have a need for financial aid
  • Have the minimum technical setup required to take online courses, including a computer connected to the Internet, a headset, and a microphone
  • Commit to completing the course in its entirety and complying with all course requirements
  • Agree for their name and likeness to be used in Virginia Institute’s and partner marketing materials


Fill out and submit the scholarship application form below and supporting documents by May 20, 2019.  Please note that the application includes a 300-word essay as to how speaking a second language has enriched your life, and why you wish to become an interpreter.  The scholarship winner will be announced on June 1st, 2019.


A panel of Virginia Institute alumni will be making the selection based on the information provided in the application form, via a voting process. The scholarship recipient will be notified both via email and telephone.


V.I.I.’s Interpreter Training Program is a self-paced online introductory 40-hour course about spoken-language public services interpreting. Upon completion of the course, students are qualified to become entry-level community interpreters.

The Interpreter Training Program covers the fundamental knowledge and skills needed by fully bilingual individuals, sighted and visually-impaired, to successfully begin working as professional interpreters in a variety of sectors, including but not limited to:

  • Government
  • Education
  • Banking
  • Social services
  • Industry
  • Media
  • Customer service

Learn more about the Interpreter Training Program or watch our short video about the Program below.

Scholarship Application

  • Please make sure that this includes your full legal name as it appears on your national ID.
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  • Educational Profile

  • Additional Information

  • In a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 300 words, please describe what speaking more than one language has meant in your life. Include a paragraph explaining why you want to become a public services interpreter.
  • By filling out and submitting this form you acknowledge that you read and understand the scholarship application requirements; that you completed this application yourself, and that the information you provided in this form is accurate to the best of your ability.
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