The Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) Foundation is a philanthropic affiliate of the Academic Language Therapy Association. It is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization established in 1998 to provide financial support to ALTA in an effort to educate professional Academic Language Therapists in the most current research-based information, strategies and techniques in both therapeutic and classroom settings.
The Foundation operates as a separate charitable entity. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible and may be given to the general fund or designated for a special use. It is governed by its own board of directors. Please consider a gift to the general fund or designate a gift to one of the following:
Aylett Royall Cox Memorial Scholarship Fund
The ALTA Foundation has established a scholarship in memory of Aylett Royall Cox, recipient of the prestigious Samuel T. Orton Award presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Orton Dyslexia Society in 1977. The scholarship will continue to pay tribute to her extraordinary work. The ALTA Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to recognize someone of significant importance to our field. This scholarship has been made possible due to the generous donations received in her memory.
Each year the ALTA Foundation will select five different training courses to submit three names from their teaching level and three names from their therapy level for this scholarship. A committee will be selected to determine scholarship winners for both teaching level and therapy level.
Both scholarship winners are recognized at the ALTA Conference and conference fees will be waived for both days. The recipients can use the scholarship at their discretion.
I Believe In Myself Award
The ALTA Foundation supports programs that enhance the self-esteem of students with dyslexia. In keeping with that philosophy, the Foundation has established the I Believe in Myself Scholarship. The I Believe in Myself scholarship is available to current students ages 9 through 17 of ALTA members in good standing. Applicants will submit a short essay explaining why art is important in his or her life. Submissions are due February 1. The winner will be announced at the Annual ALTA Conference and receive a $250 scholarship toward art lessons of their choice underwritten by ALTA member, Ms. Joan Hogge.
Dr. Lucius Waites Memorial Scholarship
The ALTA Foundation has established a scholarship in memory of Dr. Lucius Waits to continue to pay tribute to his extraordinary work. The Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to recognize someone of significant importance to our field. This scholarship has been made possible due to generous donations received by the Foundation in his memory.
The ALTA Foundation will award a scholarship in memory of Dr. Waites to Instructors of Certified Academic Language Practitioners and a scholarship to Qualified Instructors in training who are currently enrolled in an IMSLEC Accredited Course.
Dr. Lucius Waites, Jr., a pediatric neurologist was a pioneer in dyslexia education. One of his former patients said, “Dr. Waites showed me how my learning disability would become my own unique advantages. I progressed from a child who could not read to a college graduate due to the guidance and encouragement from Dr. Waites.”
The ALTA Foundation has provided financial assistance for the following:
- ALTA’s annual Spring Conference
- ALTA’s 2018 Strategic Long-Range Planning Meeting
- Speakers at various venues
- ALTA sponsored events at the Dallas Children’s Theater