ETOE™ Scholarship

The CCHI Commissioners announce a new scholarship program, the ETOE™ Scholarship, to promote the new CoreCHI-Performance™ certification. We are excited to support our CoreCHI™ certificants as they pursue a higher level of certification with the first performance credential for interpreters of all languages: CoreCHI-Performance™!

The purpose of the CoreCHI-Performance™ (CoreCHI-P™) certification is to offer healthcare interpreters of any language a valid national professional standard that assesses, in a monolingual format, their core professional knowledge and cognitive interpreting skills needed to perform the duties of the healthcare interpreter. Interpreters seeking the CoreCHI-P certification must pass two exams – the CoreCHI™ professional knowledge exam and the monolingual performance ETOE™ (English-to-English) exam, – and meet CCHI’s Language Proficiency for Interpreters eligibility requirements.

To learn more about the ETOE™ exam, visit

Up to five (5) scholarships will be awarded to CoreCHI™ certificants who wish to earn their CoreCHI-Performance™ certification. The scholarship recipients must take the ETOE™ exam by January 31, 2025, otherwise, their scholarship is forfeited.

Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2024. See the details below and in the application. Hurry – only the first 50 applications will be considered!

  • What is the scholarship amount?

    Each scholarship is $302 and covers the fee for one administration of the ETOE™ exam. Scholarship recipients must take the ETOE™ exam by January 31, 2025, otherwise, their scholarship is forfeited.

  • Who can apply?

    1. Scholarship applicants must reside in the U.S. or its territories (independent of their citizenship or immigration status).

    2. Scholarship applicants must hold the CoreCHI™ certification that is active at least through 7/15/2024.

    3. Scholarship applicants must meet the current CCHI requirements for language proficiency in the Language Other Than English (LOTE) for the CoreCHI-Performance™ candidates (for more info, see CCHI adopted stricter documentation requirements in November 2023.

    4. Scholarship applicants must have worked as a healthcare interpreter for at least 3 months within the last 3 years, i.e., between April 1, 2021, and May 31, 2024.

    5. Candidates for the CHI™-Arabic, Mandarin or Spanish certifications do NOT qualify.

  • How to apply?

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

    1. Demographic information
    2. Statements of Eligibility and Release of Liability
    3. Applicant’s bio (200-400 words)
    4. Description of the applicants professional interpreting experience that addresses 3 specified areas (total length for all 3 topics: 500 – 1,000 words)

    1. Each applicant must submit the complete application and proof of providing interpreting services in healthcare settings for at least 3 months within the last 3 years (i.e., between April 1, 2021 – May 31, 2024). (A statement from a supervisor, scheduler, or other person who can confirm your work in a healthcare setting is required as proof. The statement may be a signed letter or an email delivered to the applicant from the supervisor/scheduler’s email address; both must contain the name, email and phone number of the person confirming work experience.)

    Both documents must be submitted electronically via email to as attachments (in PDF or MS Word format).

    2. Make sure to follow the length requirements for each written answer. Applications of lesser length are not reviewed.

    3. Only one application per person is allowed within a scholarship cycle.

    4. Make sure to answer all questions, check all relevant boxes, and complete all sections, save this file with a name that includes your last name. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.

    5. Applications received after the stated deadline are not reviewed.

  • When to apply?

    Applications for the Spring Cycle must be submitted via email between April 9, 2024 and 11:59 pm PDT on May 31, 2024.

    Applications submitted outside these dates are not reviewed.

  • How are winners selected?

    • CCHI Scholarship Committee reviews the first 50 complete applications submitted within the announced deadline.
    • Applicants must meet the Scholarship Eligibility Criteria described above.
    • Applicants must agree to all terms of Section 2 of the application (check all boxes and sign).
    • CCHI representatives may contact finalists for an over-the-phone/teleconferencing interview as part of the selection process.
    • CCHI Scholarship Committee awards scholarships based on merit.
    • Scholarships will be awarded to maximize the diversity of working languages.
    • The number of scholarships awarded depends on the funds available 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, 2024.

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