Tilde has established and sponsors the Tālis Bērcis commemorative prize and scholarship in order to pay homage to the memory of Tālis Bērcis, a distinguished teacher, the founder of the Exhibition of Latvian Information Society Technologies (LatSTE), a teacher of Ogre Grammar School, the manager of the Ogre Internet Centre and the Ogre United Municipality Information System Centre, and his major contribution to the development of computer science in Latvia schools.
The aim of the memorial prize and the scholarship is to give credit to and award teachers of computer science of general secondary education and professional secondary education schools who have made a significant input in the broadening of their students’ knowledge in computer science and the development of computer science in their schools, as well as have taken part in the development of the information society locally and in Latvia to promote their further active participation and encourage continuing education of teachers. To register a candidate, please fill the application form.
The first commemorative prize and scholarship was awarded on October 30, 2008, at the annual LatSTE conference plenary meeting held in the Ogre Secondary School. The first winner was Dace Tomsone, a computer science teacher of Grobiņa Secondary School.
The second T.Bērcis commemorative prize and scholarship was awarded to Māris Roga, a computer science deputy of the school principal of Lielvārde Elementary School, at the LatSTE 2009 conference, held on 29 October 2009 in Smiltene.
In 2010, the T.Bērcis commemorative prize was awarded to Normunds Svētiņš — a deputy school principal of Druva Secondary School and a teacher of computer science and programming.
The Tālis Bērcis prize and scholarship winner of 2011 is Aldis Lazda, a computer science teacher of Pļaviņu Novads Secondary School.