Stay tuned for new scholarship opportunities in 2024!

The 2023 Fall Cycle scholarships were made possible thanks to a generous contribution from Americans Against Language Barriers (, Chicago, IL). We express our deep gratitude to Kevin Thakkar personally for being instrumental in providing the support.

Americans Against Language Barriers (AALB) is an Illinois-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aiming to improve the health of patients with limited English proficiency. They do this by training professional medical interpreters, providing interpreter services to healthcare organizations, and lobbying for policy reform. AALB envisions a future where language services are seamlessly and freely available across the healthcare system. They have been recently featured in Digital Journal and USA Today. The AALB Medical Interpreter Training Program, a 60-hour certificate course, is delivered entirely online and has multiple registration dates available. This comprehensive program not only equips interpreters with the essential skills needed to work as a medical interpreter, but also prepares them to sit for the CCHI Certification Exam. The training requires fluency in English and at least one other language, along with a stable internet connection and appropriate hardware. For more details and registration, please visit AALB’s website:

Thanks to the generous contribution from AALB, CCHI awarded four scholarships in the amount of $231 each.

The Fall 2023 scholarship winners were announced on December 15, 2023.

  • What is the scholarship amount?

    Each scholarship is $231 and covers the CCHI application fee ($40) and the fee for one administration of the CoreCHI™ exam ($191).

  • How to apply?

    Please read and follow the instructions. The Scholarship Application consists of 4 sections:

    • Demographic information
    • Statements of Eligibility and Release of Liability
    • Applicant’s bio
    • Essay or an oral presentation (recording) on one of the specified topics

    The application must be complete and emailed as an attachment. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.

    Requirements for a written essay:

    1. Length: 300-500 words
    2. Format: only MS Word or PDF files are accepted
    3. How to submit: email to  as an attachment (together with the application)

    Requirements for an oral presentation (recording):

    1. Length: 2-3 minutes in duration
    2. Identification: State your name and the topic you are responding to at the beginning of the recording.
    3. Format: only MP3 or MP4 (video or audio-only) files are accepted
    4. How to submit: Email your audio recording to by either attaching the file OR sharing a link to the file located in your cloud storage.

    Email the complete application as an MS Word or PDF file attachment and your written essay or oral presentation (recording) to by 11:59 pm PDT on October 31, 2023.

    The scholarships are awarded only to new applicants (i.e., those who have not submitted a certification application prior to the scholarship award) and cannot be used retroactively. The scholarship does not apply to applicants whose certification lapsed and who are re-starting the certification process.

  • Who can apply?

    • Interpreters who meet CCHI’s eligibility requirements.
    • Interpreters of languages for whom a CHI™ oral performance exam is not available, i.e. CoreCHI™ candidates. This scholarship is not available to Arabic, Mandarin or Spanish interpreters. (We are looking for potential sponsors of the CHI™ certification candidates.)
    • Interpreters who agree to take the CoreCHI™ exam within six (6) months of receiving the scholarship.
    • NOTE: Previous CoreCHI™ certificants, whose certification expired, are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • When to apply?

    Applications for the Spring Cycle must be submitted via email between April 10, 2023 and 11:59 pm PDT on May 31, 2023.

    Applications for the Fall Cycle must be submitted via email  between September 1, 2023 and 11:59 pm PDT on October 31, 2023.

    Applications submitted outside these dates are not reviewed.

  • How are winners selected?

    • CCHI Scholarship Committee reviews complete applications submitted within the announced deadline.
    • Applicants must meet CCHI certification eligibility criteria.
    • Applicants must agree to all terms of Section 2 of the application.
    • CCHI representatives will contact finalists for an over-the-phone/teleconferencing interview as part of the selection process.

    CCHI Scholarship Committee awards scholarships based on merit. The number of scholarships awarded each cycle depends on the funds availability and is subject to change. CCHI reserves the right to suspend or discontinue scholarship awards at any time and without any notice.

  • When are winners announced?

    The winners of the Spring Cycle scholarships are announced on July 15, 2023.

    The winners of the Fall Cycle scholarships are announced on December 15, 2023.

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