The Julie M. Coppola Scholarship

2019 Call for Applications

The Julie M. Coppola Scholarship honors the legacy of a gifted teacher-scholar who was deeply committed to bilingual education and the achievement of biliteracy by students in urban and other high-needs schools. Dr. Coppola earned an Ed.D. in Language Education in 1997 from the Boston University School of Education. She was an invaluable member of the faculty in the School of Education for 17 years, during which time she worked tirelessly to improve educational opportunities for students in K-12 schools in Boston and beyond.

Current graduate students or practicing teachers who wish to enroll in a course or sequence of courses in the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development are invited to apply for this award. The scholarship will provide $3,500* to advance teachers’ knowledge of theory, research, and practice in bilingualism and biliteracy and to support their work related to bilingualism and biliteracy in high-needs schools.


The application includes two parts:

  1. A proposal of no more than 2 pages that describes the reasons for seeking the award and the way the award will advance the applicant’s capacity to help bilingual learners in urban or other high-needs schools to develop biliteracy and
  2.  A resume.

Applications in the form of e-mail attachments should be sent by October 15, 2019 to Professor Katherine Frankel at  Applicants will be informed of the outcome by November 15.

Conditions of the Award

Each successful applicant will be asked to write a reflection on his or her work with bilingual/biliterate learners in urban or other high-needs schools and attend an award celebration during the award year. Reflections will appear on the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development’s website and/or in its alumni magazine.


The applications will be judged on the promise of the proposal to realize the ultimate goal of the award, to improve the opportunities for bilingual students in urban and other high-needs schools to achieve success in developing biliteracy. The Review Committee members are: Katherine Frankel, Christine Leider, and Carla Baratta.  Questions may be directed to Katherine Frankel at

*Please note that the award amount for this year is different than for past years.