2024 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
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. 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.
Winners of AATF-CT & AF-NWCT prizes, recorded over time:
50% = CT public school students
50% = CT private school students
• All applications will be due by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 1st, 2024.
• Applicants may not come from a home where French is the primary spoken language and may not have lived or studied in a French-speaking country for more than eight weeks.
• As part of the qualifying process, finalists will be interviewed (via Zoom) in French by a committee of French teachers on Sunday, March 17th, 2024
• Judges will not see applicants' basic personal information (such as name, town, school, teacher, etc.).
Application Process = Easy.
The application process has been streamlined to make it very easy to apply.
There is virtually no work for teachers to do!
• Application form with short essay (See boxes at right.)
• Graded writing sample (an assignment already done as part of class)
• Unofficial copy of high school transcript
Note that there is NO teacher recommendation letter needed.
Please contact AATF Secrétaire Honore Radshaw at email@example.com.
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.
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!