Prizes open to ALL juniors/seniors studying French in Connecticut:
The AATF CT Tom Betts Senior Prize - $1000.00
The AATF CT Alberta Conte Junior Prize - $500.00
Prizes open to students studying French in Litchfield County or the towns of Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Middlebury, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Fairfield, Newtown, Oxford, Sherman, Southbury, or Waterbury:
The Alliance Française of Northwestern CT Senior Prize - $500
The Alliance Française of Northwestern CT Junior Prize - $500
Prize open to UCONN graduate students planning to pursue a career teaching French:
AATF- CT Prize for a Future Teacher of French - $750
The CT chapter of the AATF awards annually monetary prizes to one deserving high school junior and one graduating high school senior, currently studying French, from a Connecticut school, who plans to continue studies in French or in a related area. Each current AATF-Connecticut Chapter member may nominate one junior and one graduating senior.
For AATF CT member teachers working in Litchfield County or the towns of Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Middlebury, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Fairfield, Newtown, Oxford, Sherman, Southbury, or Waterbury, you may also nominate one junior and one graduating senior for the Alliance Française of Northwestern CT Junior and Senior Prizes. Applicants must participate in this year's National French Contest. (Teachers who are not yet members can join HERE.)
Students who live in a home where French is regularly spoken or who have lived or studied in a French-speaking country for more than eight weeks are ineligible.
- All applications were due by March 9th, 2020. Applications for both sets of prizes are below, for reference.
- Note that as part of the qualifying process all finalists were interviewed in French by a committee of French teachesr.
The goal of all AATF-CT prizes is to encourage students who are passionate about French to keep pursuing their interests in that area, and funds may be spent however recipients desire.
Please contact AATF Vice-Présidente Sandi Van Ausdal at
Les Gagnants des Prix de l’AATF Connecticut et de l’AFNWCT (2020)
In early March, 2020, students from around the state applied for the various prizes offered by the AATF-Connecticut and the Alliance Française of Northwestern CT. High school juniors and seniors completed an extensive application including an original essay in French, another sample of graded writing in French, lists of any French-related activities, travels, or prizes, and other information. A select group of these applicants was then chosen to be interviewed live by a panel of AATF Comité Exécutif members Edouard Smith, Sandi Van Ausdal, and Liz Neger.
Below are the winners for 2020, and if you teach juniors or seniors, please encourage them to apply next year!
Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut Senior Prize
Mlle Sienna M. of Bridgewater, CT, student of Mme Heidi Edel of Region 12 (Shepaug Valley Regional High School) was awarded the $500 Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut Senior Prize. Sienna’s essay was on ‘Les Misérables’ by Victor Hugo.
AATF Tom Betts Senior Prize Winner
M. Wesley M. of Bedford, NY, student of M. Jon Shee of St. Luke’s School, was awarded the $1000 AATF Tom Betts Senior Prize. A highlight of Wesley’s application was his essay on how the French language and francophone cultures have shaped his life as well as the role they will play in his future at university and beyond.
AATF Alberta Conte Junior Prize Winner
Mlle Emma C. of Northford, CT, student of M. John Lytle of Hopkins School, was awarded the $500 AATF Alberta Conte Junior Prize. Emma’s essay was about how her experiences learning French have impacted her personally and academically.
Félicitations à tous nos gagnants!
Below is info, for reference, on the prize application process for 2020. This will be updated soon for the 2021 prize round.