William Eickhorst Study Abroad Scholarship
William Eickhorst (1904-1991) came to the U.S. from Germany in 1925 and received his B.S. (1932, Memphis State University), M.S. (1941), and Ph.D. in Modern Languages (1946) both from the University of Illinois, and was professor of Modern Languages at UM from 1947-1971. He was the author of a book on the modern German novel as well as other studies on German literature. In his tenure at UM he led numerous student groups on tours of Europe in what was referred to as the summer studies program (a precursor to Study Abroad).
Recipients will be full-time undergraduate or graduate students and citizens of the United States who are studying abroad and majoring in a foreign language with first preference being given to a student majoring in German. Approximate award: variable. There is no application process. Awardees are chosen each year by the German faculty in consultation with the department chair from among a group of eligible students who plan to study abroad.
Dr. Hans-Jürgen Gaycken German Studies Excellence Award
This award was established in 2016 by Dr. Bettina Gaycken to honor her father, Dr. Hans-Jürgen Gaycken, a native German who came to the US in 1957 & received his Ph.D. in German languages and literature from UT Knoxville. In 1973 Dr. Gaycken joined the UM faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and taught German for 35 years, retiring in 2008. In addition to his teaching, he was known for his mentoring of students and the development of study abroad programs in Germany.
Recipients will be full-time students majoring in German with first preference being given to juniors. Recipients will be selected on the basis of merit. Approximate award: up to $1,000 one time. Applications are solicited each year, and recipients are chosen by the German faculty in consultation with the department chair and a representative of the Gaycken family from among a group of eligible students who have applied. Contact Dr. Christopher Sapp at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this award.
Dr. Benjamin Franklin Martin III Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship
Dr. Benjamin Franklin Martin III (1938 – 2014) was raised in Holly Springs and Kosciusko. He earned his B.S. in chemistry in 1960 at UM & M.D. at the UM Medical Center in Jackson. He was an avid reader, world traveler and collector of art, notably of Mississippi artists and photographers. During his time at Ole Miss, Benjamin Martin was involved with the German program as a student and grading assistant. It was his belief that learning a second language was the first step to a greater appreciation of the world around him. He also believed that traveling the world was an important and integral part of learning.
Recipients will be full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a major or minor in German who are studying abroad, with first preference being given to a Mississippi resident. Approximate award: up to $1,000 one time. Applications are solicited each year, and awardees are chosen by the German faculty in consultation with the department chair from among a group eligible students who have applied. There is no application process for this scholarship.