Each Spring semester, the Department of Germanic Studies awards four scholarships to deserving undergraduate German majors. Each helps German majors or honors concentrators with their upper-division work in German; they are the highest honors the Department bestows on its undergraduate students. Any questions about Undergraduate Scholarships may be directed to the Undergraduate Scholarship Committee or our department's Office Manager Maria Pineda. You can also stop in and visit our department in Burdine 336.
The Robert LaB. Van Dusen Endowed Scholarship in Germanic Studies is offered to students who are able to demonstrate particular initiative in Germanic Studies, including participation in departmental activities, active involvement or leadership in departmental organizations, and research projects (including Honors). Additional funds may be available for students who plan to pursue internships abroad, study abroad, or similar initiatives. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in Germanic Studies courses. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed two upper-division courses, but lower-division students may apply.
The Helen B. Green Endowed Scholarship in Germanic Studies is offered to students who are at the end of their junior year and who have shown exceptional ability in Germanic Studies. During their senior year, recipients of the award will be encouraged to promote Germanic Studies among freshmen and sophomores by mentoring, visits to beginning language classes, or similar means. Particularly deserving students will have already demonstrated a commitment to promoting Germanic Studies across campus, including participation in mentoring other students. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in Germanic Studies courses. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed two upper-division courses, but lower-division students may apply.
The J. Lassen Boysen Scholarship is available for German majors at the Junior rank with a grade point average of at least 3.5, and with at least one more year at UT. This scholarship rewards the finest in undergraduate scholarship. The initial endowment for this scholarship was made by Helen M. I. Boysen in honor of this long-time Professor of the department.
The W. F. and Marian Michael Scholarship is available for German majors with a grade point average of at least 3.0, interest in departmental activities, and fewer than ninety semester hours of credit. The money for this endowment was raised through small donations made during the 50-year history of German play productions at UT, chiefly under the directorship of the Michaels. Students recipients of this scholarship distinguish themselves through their contributions to the department and to the University, as well through their scholarship.
Aside from these two scholarships, the Department is also responsible for honoring a departmental student with the yearly German-Texan Heritage Society Award, a book award given to students who contribute to the study of Texas-German immigration and culture.
The Texas-Exes also have a scholarship that is dedicated to majors in Germanic Studies: (ESA-CARTER) The Manny and Renata Carter Scholarship. Current full-time undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Austin who are native Texans with a minimum 3.5 grade point average who are majoring in international business or Germanic languages are eligible to apply for this scholarship through the Texas Exes regular application process. Financial need will be considered. ($1,950/1 recipient)
Two further scholarships are administered by the College of Liberal Arts
The first of these, the Ralph R. Read Scholarship, is a bequest by Dr. Read on his early death to honor the undergraduate students for whom he worked with such dedication. It is given to undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts with fewer than ninety semester hours of credit and a grade point average of at least 3.25 who has completed at least thirty hours in residence. Special consideration is given to students in the Department, but any Liberal Arts student may be honored.
The second of these is administered by the Swedish Studies Excellence Endowment, dedicated to support for study and research in Sweden.