Registration & Scholarships

Registration

Registration for the 2023 Literacy Texas Annual Conference is not yet open.

Registration will open in the new year, and will be linked from this page. 

Scholarships

Thanks to the support of the Texas Workforce Commission, Literacy Texas has been able to offer full-tuition scholarships in recent years. Staff from non-profit, non-federally funded adult and family literacy programs are eligible.

Programs are generally limited to 5 scholarships, although more may be allocated under certain circumstances (such as: if there are still scholarships available 3 – 4 weeks out from the conference, or if allocated scholarships cannot be used by the original recipient and are returned to be redistributed).

A fully refundable deposit of $75 per person is required for each scholarship recipient.

Each no-show costs Literacy Texas money: for meals, printed materials, and other costs already expended by Literacy Texas by the time the conference takes place. The deposit covers those out-of-pocket costs in cases where the registered person does not attend.

Deposits will be collected during the online registration process, and 100% refunded after scholarship recipients attend the conference, or if they need to cancel their attendance and let us know one week or more before the conference takes place. 

Scholarship FAQs

Q: What does the scholarship cover?
A: Each scholarship covers the registration fee for one person’s attendance at both days of the conference, along with breakfast and lunch on both days, and an invitation to the Conference VIP Reception on the evening before the conference officially begins.

Q: What kind of programs are eligible for scholarships?
A: Texas-based non-profit adult and family literacy programs, which do not receive federal funding, are eligible for scholarships. 

Q: Why don’t you make all programs eligible? Some federally funded literacy programs have tight budgets too!
A: We understand, and we’re sympathetic. The conference scholarships are made possible by the grant funding that Literacy Texas receives from the Texas Workforce Commission, for Professional Development Support for Nonprofit Adult Literacy Organizations.

The goal of the grant is to provide quality training and professional development to literacy programs that aren’t supported by federal money in other ways, so programs that already receive that funding aren’t eligible for this opportunity. 

Q: My agency or organization receives federal funding, but none of it comes to my specific program. Can we still apply for scholarships?
A: YES. If the services your program provides are not supported by federal funding, that program is eligible, even if other programs in the larger organization do receive that funding. 

Q: We received scholarships last year. Can my program still apply?
A: Yes, absolutely! The scholarships are intended to help make the conference as affordable as possible, and there is no limit on how many times eligible programs can apply. If a scholarship will help you attend, and your program is eligible, we welcome your application.

Q: If I receive a scholarship, does that mean I’m automatically registered for the conference??
A: NO, you will need to register separately. Program representatives will hear back from Literacy Texas about how many scholarships they have received, and will then decide which person or people will use them. Once that decision has been made at your program, the people with the scholarships will need to register for the conference.

Q: How do I pay the $75 deposit? How can I get it back after the conference?
A: The $75 deposit will be collected for each attendee during the online registration process. Deposits are fully refundable if the scholarship recipient attends the conference, or cancels their attendance by letting Literacy Texas know at least one week before the conference begins (and ideally earlier). Refunds will be processed by our online payment system in the weeks after the conference and it’s our goal to have all eligible refunds completed by mid-August.

Q: What happens if we’re put on the waitlist?
A: We will form a waitlist of any requests that were not initially successful. If any scholarships are returned or not needed, we will contact programs on the waitlist to redistribute scholarships. We ask scholarship recipients to use or return them as soon as possible, so we can communicate with waitlisted applicants well before the conference.

Q: You said that one program representative should apply on behalf of the program, but I don’t have a supervisor and/or I’m a volunteer. What should I do?
A: If you are are one-person program, please go ahead and apply for yourself. Our goal is to group applications easily by program so we can distribute them as fairly as we can. Programs with one staff person are just as welcome to apply as larger programs.

If you are a volunteer at an organization, please talk to the coordinator, manager, or director of your program before you apply for a scholarship. It’s our goal to avoid multiple applications from the same program – and we definitely don’t want scholarship applications to be submitted without the coordinators’ knowledge. 

Q: We’re not sure yet if we’re going to send staff to the conference. Should we still apply for scholarships?
A: Yes! An application is not binding. We want to hear from you even if you’re still deciding. If you later decide not to attend, we ask that you get in touch with us as soon as possible, so we can re-allocate to another program any scholarships you received, and/or take you off the waitlist.

Q: Are the scholarships for volunteers?
A: Directors and managers can distribute at their discretion any scholarships awarded to their program. That said, the primary goal of the scholarships is to help provide staff at community-based and other non-federally funded programs with quality professional development that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

It’s our hope that staff from programs across the state will return from the conference to their workplaces and share what they learned with the rest of the team, and with volunteers, increasing the impact of the conference while keeping costs low for each program. The free regional symposia we put on throughout the year have volunteers as the primary audience and there is no limit on how many volunteers from any one program can attend the symposia.

Q: Can we change who’s attending from our program after we’ve already used the scholarship?
A: Yes, but you MUST let us know of the change. Once a scholarship is used during the online registration process, it will be linked to the specific person who registered. We will record their name, food preferences, contact information, and other details, and will use that to send conference reminders and updates; create our check-in lists, menus, and printed name-tags; allocate professional development credit; and more.

If the person who registered is no longer going to attend, and someone else from the program will attend in their place, we need to hear from you ASAP so we can update our records.

Q: I work in adult or family literacy, but not in Texas. Can I apply for a conference scholarship?
A: Unfortunately not. The scholarships are funded by the Texas Workforce Commission and are restricted to Texas programs. You are still welcome at the conference, however! Registration rates are on this page and the early bird rate is good through early July.

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