Scholarships

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Study Abroad Grants

Grants are available to all USA students majoring in Foreign Languages with a concentration in French, German, Russian, or Spanish in good standing. Grants are awarded up to a maximum of $2000, subject to the availability of funding and the number of eligible applicants.  Apply on Jag$pot under the semester for which you plan to study abroad.

Endowed Scholarships

The Department awards over $20,000 in additional scholarships each year. Apply for these scholarships on Jag$pot. 

▼   The Patricia Lane Dyess Scholarship Award

As this scholarship is intended to assist students with a demonstrated financial need, interested students must demonstrate financial need in their application. Confirmation thereof by the Dyess Scholarship Committee will occur before the award is made.

 

Applicants must also meet the following requirements: 

  • be in their sophomore or junior year
  • have completed a minimum of one and a half years of university-level language study
  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Ideal candidates will also:

  • have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in foreign language courses taken at USA
  • have an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0
  • be recommended by an instructor or professor in the Department of Foreign Languages. 

 

Preference will be given to Foreign Language majors and minors, as well as students majoring or minoring in academic programs with substantial foreign language components, such as International Studies, teacher certification programs, etc.

The award is a one-time grant to cover tuition and educational expenses at the University of South Alabama, its associated study abroad programs, or at other nationally recognized programs abroad.

Students can apply for the Dyess Scholarship in late Spring of the academic year. Awards are decided at the end of the semester.

 

▼   The Margaret Pol Stock Award

General preference will be given to an upper-level language student majoring in a Foreign Language (or International Studies) with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and a demonstrated interest in a second foreign language. If all candidates nominated under this category are of equal merit, preference will be given to the language major.

Second preference will be given to an upper-level language major with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and a demonstrated interest in the field.

Third preference will be given to an intermediate student majoring in a language with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and a demonstrated interest in at least one other foreign language.

Fourth preference will be given to an intermediate student majoring in a language with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and a demonstrated interest in the field.

▼   The Erwin W. Goessling Scholarship (German)

First preference to an upper-level German major; overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0; demonstrated interest in the German language, culture, and literature.

Second preference to an intermediate German major; overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0; demonstrated interest in the German language, culture, and literature.

Third preference to a German minor, overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0

▼   The Joseph Mozur Scholarship (Russian)

Preference is given to Russian majors who have displayed outstanding knowledge of the language and culture and have a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 and a G.P.A. of 3.25 in the language.

▼   The Graciela Blanco Scholarship (Spanish)

This award is given to the Spanish major with the highest G.P.A. in Spanish in courses taken at USA, preferably a Senior or a Junior. If no Junior or Senior Spanish major qualifies, then the scholarship is awarded to the Spanish minor with the highest G.P.A. in Spanish in courses taken at USA.

In the event of a tie the following considerations are weighed when making the decision:
dedication to Spanish and participation in Spanish-related activities on campus.
plans for the future: i.e., how the student plans to use his or her knowledge of Spanish.

▼   The Jacqueline Quinn Gray Scholarship (French)

Named in honor of former department Chairman Bernard J. Quinn's mother the Jacqueline Quinn Gray Scholarship gives first preference to an upper-level French major; overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0; demonstrated interest in the French language, culture, and literature.

Second preference to a French minor, overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0.

Other Foreign Language Scholarships

▼   Ahepa Scholarship for Study in Greece
Provides funding for a student studying abroad in Greece.
▼   Chinese Language Award
Awarded to a student for excellence in Chinese at the intermediate level or higher, with preference given to a Chinese minor.
▼   Felicia Cooley Award (Spanish)
Provided by Spanish alumna Felicia Cooley, this scholarship is granted to a high-achieving Spanish major who is completing his/her intermediate level of study. The scholarship is to be used solely toward study abroad.
▼   Isabel Zakrzewski Brown Prize
Awarded to a student in a beginning language class who declares a major in Modern and Classical Languages and Literature or a minor in Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish.
▼   Passau Exchange Scholarship (German)
Established in 1986, this scholarship is awarded to an upper-level German student to study on the USA-Universität Passau Exchange Program in Germany. The exchange is open to all full?time South Alabama students with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or better, proficiency in German equivalent to two years of college study, and U.S. citizenship. Preference given to German major, though applicants from other fields are eligible.
▼   USA-Phi Sigma Iota Merit Scholarship
The USA-PSI Merit Scholarship was established in 2016. The  scholarship is open to all full time South Alabama students who are members of the USA chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.15 or better, a language GPA of 3.30 or better, and demonstrable evidence of leadership and participation in PSI-sponsored activities. Preference given to FLL majors, though PSI members from other fields, are eligible.

Relevant College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

▼   Caldwell Scholarship
The Caldwell Scholarship is given annually to help a deserving student or students participate in a study abroad program. The award is open to students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in foreign language, and at least one year of language training prior to the study abroad. Preference is given to juniors and seniors with little or no foreign experience. Students must use the award to participate in an established study abroad program and prepare a final report for the Caldwell Board upon their return.
▼   Earl P. Andrews Scholarship
Requires (3) Three letters of recommendation
Donated by the mother of Earl P. Andrews, this scholarship is dedicated to aiding disadvantaged students majoring in Arts and Sciences. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for this scholarship, awarded for the first time in fall 2001. It will provide assistance in the amount of $1,000 per year to the individual(s) chosen. Students must reapply each spring. An original essay (1,000 word limit) addressing the following points: 1) The obstacles you are currently facing in the pursuit of your education, 2) Description of accomplishments to date, 3) Your goals regarding higher education, career planning and aspirations.
▼   Frederick Palmer Whiddon Liberal Arts Scholarship
At least one scholarship of up to $3,000 is available to students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a degree seeking student. Criteria for award of the scholarships shall include demonstrated leadership abilities and other commensurate abilities. An original essay (1,000 word limit) addressing the following points: 1) Importance of leadership qualities to your goals, 2) Description of accomplishments to date, 3) Your goals regarding higher education, career planning and aspirations.

Scholarship Award Recipients

▼   2021-2022
 Scholarship/Award Recipients
Jacqueline Quinn Gray French Scholarship

Delaney Drury 

Pedro Paz de Oliveira 

Emily Ammons 

Brian Williams 

Sofia Chavez 

Skylar Dykes 

Meghan McNamara
Goessling Endowed Scholarship Fund in German

Callie Thompson

Felecia Cooley Spanish Language Award

Liam White 

Graciela G. Blanco Spanish Language Scholarship Liam White
Chinese Language Award Bradley Thomas
Patricia Lane Dyess Scholarship

Callie Thompson 

Coco Eddleman 
Margaret Pol Stock Scholarship Pedro Paz de Oliveira
Mozur Russian Scholarship

Caleb Busby 

James Johnston 
Isabel Zakrzewski Brown Prize

Grace Thibaut

Rebecca Shepan
USA-Phi Sigma Iota Scholarship Thanh Nguyet Nguyen-Haas

 

Past Award Recipients