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Students majoring in foreign languages are eligible for a variety of scholarships awarded on a yearly basis. These include:

The department's scholarship committee will decide which fund is most appropriate given the availability of funds and the information you provide on your application.

All criteria will be interpreted according to the discretion of the department's scholarship committee. In judging a scholarship candidate, the committee will consider a student’s potential for making a contribution in the area of foreign languages as well as evidence of academic achievement, responsible character, sense of purpose, growth, and participation in departmental activities. Significant contribution to foreign languages or the department may be a deciding factor, if all other criteria are judged equal.

Scholarships will be awarded in varying amounts depending on the number of scholarships awarded and funds available for distribution. Generally, the awards will be no less than $250 and no more than $1,500 in any one year.

Unless special arrangements are made in advance, awards will not be distributed until after the second week of the Fall semester following a candidate’s selection. Students who do not return to EIU in the Fall or enroll in an approved study abroad program will forfeit the award.

Scholarship winners are expected to perform some service for the department during the academic year following receipt of the award. This service may take the form of unpaid tutoring, helping with the language clubs, honor societies, fund-raising, or some other appropriate service in or for the department. Those who do not fulfill this requirement will be ineligible for further departmental aid.

Students wishing to apply should click on the application links below or obtain a scholarship application from Coleman Hall 1159.

William Gene and Brigitte Johanna Brown Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student. The recipient must be a declared major in either Engineering or Foreign Languages. The scholarship will be awarded to an Engineering student in even-numbered fiscal years and to a Foreign Language student in odd-numbered fiscal years. Foreign Language Student requirements: The student must be of at least sophomore status. Preference will be give to Teacher Certifications candidates and students participating in Study Abroad. The student must have a 3.0 GPA.

William Gene and Brigitte Johanna Brown Scholarship application

Ruth Carman Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Ruth Carman, former professor of foreign languages at Eastern from 1914 to 1953. This award is presented annually to an outstanding student in foreign languages.

Ruth Carman Scholarship application

Dr. Luis F. Clay-Méndez Scholarship

The Department of Foreign Languages established a fund to endow a scholarship for Spanish students in memory of Dr. Luis Clay-Méndez, distinguished professor of Spanish. The recipient must have a declared major in Spanish with teacher certification. Applicants must provide a written statement of why he/she is deserving of the award and how he/she exemplifies the qualities and attributes of Dr. Clay-Méndez, such as positive attitude, outgoing spirit and willingness to go beyond average expectations.

Luis Clay-Méndez Scholarship application

Richard L. Crouse Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1997 by family and friends of Richard Crouse, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior, with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in Spanish. The recipient must have a keen interest in Spanish, which should be demonstrated by extra-curricular activities and classroom excellence and enthusiasm. The award must be used to cover academic costs, which includes study abroad programs whose primary purpose is to improve proficiency in Spanish.

Richard Crouse Scholarship application

Bobbie King Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1966 by Mr. and Mrs. Karl King, of Charleston, in memory of their daughter. This award is presented annually to a junior or senior demonstrating outstanding achievement in the study of foreign languages.

Bobbie King Memorial Scholarship application

Marion Railsback Webb Foreign Languages Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, majoring in Foreign Languages at Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need is not a consideration.

 Marion Railsback Webb Foreign Languages application

Don and Pam Sundheim Study Abroad Scholarship

Upon their retirement from the university in June 2005, Don and Pam Sundheim established these scholarships to support Eastern Illinois University students majoring in any foreign language who wish to study their target language abroad at some time during their junior or senior year.

Don and Pam Sundheim Study Abroad Scholarship application

Study Abroad Scholarship

In addition to the scholarship funds listed above, the department also accepts applications for scholarship funds specifically for study abroad. These funds are available through the generosity of our alumni. Depending on availability of funds, three or more awards of $500 will be distributed. At the discretion of the scholarship committee, these awards may be made separately or in addition to other awards. Preference will be given to students who have not previously had the opportunity to study abroad.

Study Abroad Scholarship application