Published: May 4, 2017

Varsity PondThe Program in German Studies is pleased to announce the following recipients of over $80,000 in scholarships and awards, all funded by donors to our program. If you are interested in supporting our student scholarship funds, find out more by going to the Donate button below.


Leonhard E. Baak Memorial Undergraduate and Study Abroad Scholarships

The Leonhard E. Baak Memorial Scholarships for Undergraduate Majors in German Studies, and for Study Abroad, are awarded to students who have declared a major in German. Awards are granted on the basis of academic excellence and/or financial need. These scholarships are funded by a generous gift from the estate of Leonhard Edwin Baak (1909-1998). Dr. Baak received his PhD in German from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1953, and served as a professor of German at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), College of Emporia (Emporia, KS), and Morningside College (Sioux City, IA).

2017 and 2017/2018 Recipients

Kimberly Abels

Kieran Britt

Constantine Chrisafis

Erika Fennelly

Katrin Sharpe

Isaac Spinoso

Mara Strother

Laura Wild

Jack Workman

Nick Zyzda


Cliff Hall Memorial Scholarship to Study Abroad in Regensburg

Each year, the department awards a Cliff Hall memorial scholarship to an undergraduate student studying at the University of Regensburg through CU Study Abroad. The scholarship is in memory of avid outdoorsman Cliff Hall, who was Professor of German in GSLL for 30 years and was director of the Regensburg Program in 1970-1971 and 1978- 1979.

2017/2018 Recipient: Kelton Hevelone


German Studies Essay Awards Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Undergraduate Essay Prize

Annual prize awarded to the best essay written by a German student. The prize is named after Lucile Berkeley Buchanan, an academically gifted German major who in 1918 became the first female black student to graduate from CU. Our gratitude to German Gift Fund donors for making this award possible!

2017 Recipient: Constantin Chrisafis, for his paper “Berlin: A Brief History of Violence Against Refugees and Ethnic Minorities”