Awards, Honors, Scholarships, Financial Aid


The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures values the academic and co-curricular achievements of its outstanding undergraduate students. Recipients of the following awards are honored each year at our Awards Ceremony.

Professional Development Awards
These awards are currently being offered for summer and fall 2016. Deadline: Friday, April 22.
During academic year 2013-14 the department created Professional Development Awards for outstanding German Studies majors and minors. The scholarships, in the amount of $250 or $500, assist students pursuing educational opportunities such as study abroad programs, research projects, conference presentations, internships, and service programs. Recipients are selected based on their academic record and the extent to which the educational opportunity will enrich their academic experience.

Three undergraduates received the first Professional Development Awards. Two used the award to support their studies in spring 2014 at the University of Regensburg: Sara Sofia Anderson, a German Studies and Global & International Studies major, and Ryan Jackowski also a German Studies major. John McGuire, a German Studies and International Business major, took advanced coursework in German that summer at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Joyce Bohling, a German Studies minor and an English/Creative Writing major, received the first Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Faculty in the department noted Joyce’s “truly outstanding” and “stellar” performance in class, her “exemplary work” that exceeded expectations, her “thoughtful and creative” compositions, and her valuable contributions to class discussions. Joyce, who “has never skipped a class or an assignment,” is highly regarded by both her peers and her instructors. She wrote a thesis entitled “Grown-Up Girls: Essay for a 'Post-Feminist' Generation" and completed an pro-seminar for Honors in English/Creative Writing. She also earned highest distinction in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for being in the top 2% of her class.
Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Zachary Hader, German Studies major and December 2013 graduate, received the first Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Service to the Department. Zachary served as the undergraduate representative to Germanic Languages & Literatures during academic year 2012-13. He took his responsibilities seriously, regularly attending and participating in meetings. Indeed, despite the 8 a.m. meeting time that year, Zachary was usually the first person to show up! He did a very good job of keeping his fellow undergraduates informed of relevant departmental activities and decisions, and we appreciated his participation in co-curricular activities such as our first pizza party.

Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Honors Thesis


Scholarships: KU and external sources

Students planning to study abroad are encouraged to apply for departmental funding (Professional Development Awards). Qualified students who want to study, teach, or conduct research abroad are also encouraged to apply for prestigious external scholarships:

Fulbright Study/Research Awards (including awards in the fields of business, journalism, sciences, and public health)

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships. "An English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture."

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Undergraduate Scholarship, Study Scholarship, RISE: Research Internship in Science and Engineering, University Summer Course Grant, internXchange (11-week summer program in Berlin for American journalism and communications students), Study and Internship Program (SIP), etc.

Deutscher Bundestag International Parliamentary Scholarship. For students with a strong interest in politics who want the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government.

Please contact Prof. Lorie A. Vanchena,, Undergraduate Advisor, for further information.


Students interested in applying for financial aid in general should consult the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.


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