Please read the information below very carefully before applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
We would like to announce the opening of the application process of the German Society's Scholarship Program for the 2023/2024 academic year.
Click here to download a 2023/2024 Scholarship Application Form
Deadline for submission: March 15, 2023 at 5:00pm
We are pleased to announce the opening of the application process of the German Society’s Scholarship Program for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship award is intended to provide financial assistance to selected undergraduate students studying German language and literature. Awards are based primarily on the student’s achievement and promise, although financial need may also be considered. Typical awards in recent years have been $2,000 to $5,000, with the dollar amount and number of recipients varying from year to year. The awards may be applied only to tuition, are paid in two installments at the beginnings of the fall and spring semesters, and are transmitted directly to the recipient’s college or university upon certification of enrollment by that institution. Students are expected to enroll in at least one German course during each semester for which they receive support.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Resident of the Greater Delaware Valley (see list of counties below)
- Senior in high school intending to major in German at college, OR
- German major or minor at one of the colleges or universities listed below (double majors are also eligible)
Notification of Finalists
Interviews of Finalists at the German Society's building in Philadelphia
Notification of Recipients
Announcement of the Scholarship Recipients at the AATG Awards Program
The required application materials include:
- Completed application form (see download at top of page)
- German writing sample, up to one typewritten page in length
- Transcript including the most recent semester (College freshmen should submit both high school and college transcripts. A student who has transferred to his/her current college should also submit transcripts from prior colleges.) The origins of any transfer credits should be noted
- Two letters of reference, preferably on school letterhead stationery if from a teacher
The application and essay are to be submitted electronically as file attachments by the student to the German Society. Transcripts and reference letters should be mailed or FAXed directly to the German Society, by the school or the writer of the letter (address below). At least one reference letter must be from a recent German teacher of the applicant.
The letters should be addressed to the Scholarship Committee, and may be submitted either electronically or by mail.
If you are a previous award recipient, you must re-apply for the scholarship. It does not automatically renew from year to year.
The application and essay must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2022. Transcripts and reference letters must be either FAXed or postmarked by the same date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We strongly recommend that applicants confirm the receipt of their materials by calling or emailing the Society's office several days before the due date.
The interviews are conducted largely, but not entirely, in German.
Although both majors and minors will be considered, students pursuing German as a major will be given preference.
Please direct further questions to the German Society. We thank you for your interest in and commitment to the German language and culture and wish you the best for your school year.
The Scholarship Awards Committee
German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
High School Seniors must be a resident of one of the following counties:
Pennsylvania - Delaware, Chester, Lancaster, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, or Montgomery; or the City of Philadelphia
New Jersey - Hunterdon, Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Ocean, Gloucester, or Salem County
Delaware - New Castle County
Current College Students must be a resident of the above counties and enrolled at one of the following colleges and universities
-Bryn Mawr College
-Franklin & Marshall College
-Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
-Millersville University of Pennsylvania
-Rutgers at Camden
-St. Joseph's University
-The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
-University of Delaware
-University of Pennsylvania
-West Chester University of Pennsylvania