If you are thinking of majoring or minoring in a Foreign Language, you should consider seeking scholarships to help pay for your undergraduate or graduate education or to gain more experience before graduation. Here are some possibilities:
Alliance Française of Frederick (Maryland)
The Frederick chapter of the Alliance Française organizes every spring an essay competition for college sophomores. The winner receives the "Dalal Greiss Award" and $100 during a "Distribution des Prix," organized to honor the best French students of local high schools and colleges.
The American Society of the French Academic Palms
One scholarship for French Students is awarded to be used for a four-week minimum summer study program in a French-speaking country. To qualify the student must be a junior majoring in French at a post-secondary institution. The scholarship of $1,500 may be used to cover travel and program costs in a French program that the recipient selects. Applications must be endorsed by a member of ASFAP and be submitted by December 15. (See Dr. Motard-Noar if interested).
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000.
Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional Critical Need Language Supplement if their study abroad plans involve studying any of the following critical languages: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (all dialects), Turkish, Persian, Languages of India and Pakistan, Korean, Russian.
Center for Arabic Study Abroad
offers intensive advanced level Arabic in Cairo, Egypt and Damascus, Syria. http://liberalarts.utexas.edu
Central Intelligence Agency Undergraduate/Graduate Co-Op Program
seeks motivated undergraduate students pursuing degrees in a variety of liberal arts degree programs to work as Open Source Officers (OSO).
Clinton Scholars at the American University of Dubai
for students who show interest in being exposed to the Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures for the first time. http://www.aud.edu/admission/en/menu/31891/scholarships#/admission/en/page/739/undergraduate-scholarships?sub=31891&show_title=1
scholarships are quite plentiful from federal sources to college scholarships. There is no limit to the career path for a foreign language major since nearly all fields require professionals versed in a foreign language.
Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
provides financial assistance to young women who are pursuing undergraduate college degrees in the study of languages, or who are studying in a foreign country as enrichment for their undergraduate college program. http://www.cjsfoundation.org/
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Critical Language Scholarship Program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages. The selection process is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by CAORC and American Councils for International Education. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to 10 weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master ’s and Ph.D. students.
Federation of Alliances Françaises, USA.
The Alliance Française National Concours is organized every spring by the Délégation Général de l'Alliance Française in Washington for non-native speakers of French who are currently studying the language. National prizes include round-trip tickets to Paris on Air France, scholarships to study at the Alliance Française de Paris, as well as subscriptions to French newspapers and magazines, French books, dictionaries and CDs. This award is under the auspices of the Federation of Alliances Françaises. See Dr. Motard-Noar for details.
French Government Teaching Assistantships
offer an opportunity to teach English (12 hrs/week) in French schools after graduation (monthly stipend covers expenses). 6-9 month stay anywhere in France. There usually are between 1,000 and 1,500 positions available every year. http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?rubrique424&tout=ok
German Society of Maryland Award
offers an annual award to students who are majoring in German. For more information visit http://www.germansociety-md.com/education.htm or contact Dr. Esa for details.
Gilman International Scholarship
offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.
Griswold-Zepp Award in Student Volunteerism. The primary purpose of this award, which can total up to $3,000, is to provide support for proposed volunteer experiences of McDaniel students, addressing the needs of local, regional, national or worldwide communities.
In 2004, Michelle Wolff and Rebecca Jayne were granted this award to establish the new student group Palabras to Words in order to reach out to the local Hispanic community and help teach English. In 2013, Amber Slater, Co-President of Palabras to Words, was selected as one of the recipients for her project, "Palabras to Words Expansion Project." For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarship.
Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic studies offers scholarships for intensive study of Modern Standard Arabic. The Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships aim to reward students for excellence and dedication to the study of the Arabic language as well as promote the study of Arabic as a foreign language.
The Kor Memorial Scholarship recognizes and encourages scholarship in fields of language study. Nominations are invited from academic department chairs/heads and/or deans. Each may submit only one undergraduate and one graduate nomination for consideration per award year. All nominees must be full-time students at the time of the award and in a program leading to a degree in a field of language study. Nominees must show evidence of academic accomplishment and enjoy the high regard and respect of their supervising faculty.
Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship. This scholarship provides funding for students who want to study Mandarin at a university- or college-affiliated Mandarin training center in Taiwan.
National Security Scholars Program is administered by the Independent College Fund (The I-Fund) in partnership with the National Security Agency and private industry. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Award amount $15,000. Opportunity for paid internship with a participating sponsor in the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan Area. Assistance with processing towards a national security clearance.
National Security Agency Language Enhancement Program and Scholarship. National Security Education Program
Recipients of NSEP scholarships and fellowships incur an obligation to work either for an office or agency of the Federal Government involved in national security affairs (broadly defined) or in higher education.
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa is the most prestigious undergraduate academic honor society. Students who have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa may pursue two scholarship opportunities to study French. The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded annually to young women who wish to study Greek or French language and literature. The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship, aimed to help educators and researchers improve the study of French in the U.S., is awarded annually for six months of study in France. See: http://www.pbk.org/infoview/PBK_InfoView.aspx?t=&id=5
Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society Scholarship. For induction into Phi Sigma Iota, a student must major or minor in a foreign language, have completed at least two courses in a foreign language and one third-year language course, have earned a B+ or better in all their foreign language courses, rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship, and be a junior or senior. You must be an active member to apply for the scholarship. McDaniel College can nominate one student per year for scholarships that range from $300 to $1000. Application deadline is April 15th. See Dr. McNichols for details.
Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship is for students dedicated to gaining a better understanding of the Middle East and to working, locally or internationally, to further Middle East peace. Areas of interest may include Arab culture and Arabic language, U.S. Policy in the Middle East, and peace, justice, and conflict resolution studies. http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/projects/scholarship
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships for Study Abroad.
The Rotary Foundations's oldest and best-known program is Ambassadorial Scholarships. Since 1947 more than 30,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. See: http://www.rotary.org/foundation/eduational/amb_scho/index.html
Société des professeurs français et francophones d'Amérique.
The Marandon scholarship (Bourse Marandon) is awarded to an undergraduate student who plans to study for an academic year in France or in Quebec. The $7,000 scholarship is paid in two installments. Scholarships of a lesser amount are also available for shorter stay. Applications must reach SPFFA before December 1. (See Dr. Motard-Noar for more information).
Scholarships for a 6-week study during the summer in French-speaking universities in Quebec: Université de Montréal or Université Laval in Québec. The $1,500 can be used to cover tuition expenses and most of living expenses. (See Dr. Motard-Noar for more information).
Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad is for students of French who are also enrolled in teacher education programs. $1,500 scholarship to help pay for a Study Abroad Program in France. http://www.frenchteachers.org/hq/scholarshipjensen.htm
Women in French Undergraduate Essay Award
considers essays dealing with women in French of Francophone Literature or Civilization. Length: 10 pages maximum. Submission deadlines are January 1 and June 1. The winner's essay is published. $100 award is also given. http://www.womeninfrench.org/prix/