Graduate Student Scholarships


Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

Every year, the German Program awards over $40,000 to German majors. Take a look at the following scholarships. If you have questions, please contact Professor Beverly Weber,

Leonhard E. Baak Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Application

The Leonhard Baak Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Majors in German Studies is awarded to students who are majoring in German. Financial need and/or academic excellence will be considered when determining scholarship awards. 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).

Students may receive up to $8,000 per year for up to four years.

Students studying abroad may also apply for additional funds through the Leonhard Baak Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad by indicating on the application form that they will study abroad.

Deadline for Summer and next Academic Year: March 7: Please complete the scholarship application.

Late applications may be accepted if funding is still available. For more information, please email

George Schulz-Behrend Scholarship

The George Schulz-Behrend Scholarship supports students with an interest in German studies who 1) have immigrated to the United States and will become U.S. citizens or permanent residents, OR 2) are first-generation Americans.  Preference will be given to students that are the first in their immediate family to attend a United States college.  Students must also demonstrate financial need,  an intellectual awareness of fields beyond their major, tolerance toward the views and practices of others, cultivation of a sense of humor, and an active interest in languages and civilizations other than those using English as their main or only language.   Application should be emailed to the German Department by October 15 (late applications will be accepted if funding is available).  We will confirm receipt of your application within 24 hours after the deadline. If you don’t receive confirmation, please let us know.

George Schulz-Behrend was born In Greifswald, Germany, in 1913, and died in Austin, Texas, in 2010. He immigrated to the United States at age fifteen and received a BA in English (1935) and an MA in German (1936)  from CU-Boulder. These were his formative years: as he recalled in an autobiographical note written in 1998, "the intent of devoting my life to the profession of scholarship and teaching inspired me first about the time I entered graduate school." He received his PhD in German from the State University of Iowa in 1944, and entered the faculty of the University of Texas in 1946, where he taught until 1994. His areas of expertise were German-American history and the German Baroque era.

Auf Gehts (let's go!) Scholarship for German Language 

$1,000-$1,500 for Colorado residents studying in Germany for a semester or academic year. 
While an undergraduate at CU Boulder, Sharron Land Gegenheimer (’83 Economics & German), participated in a one-year study abroad program in Tuebingen, Germany. That year abroad had a huge impact on Sharron’s life, and positively shaped her career in International Sales and Marketing. Now retired, Sharron and her husband Bill created this scholarship to encourage the next generation of CU Boulder students to pursue their dreams and develop their passion for the German language skills – Auf gehts (let’s go!).

To apply for this award please complete the Buffs Abroad Scholarship application.

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. Scholarship is for $200 and is in memory of Cliff Hall, who was a Professor of German in GSLL for 30 years and was director of the Regensburg Program in 1970-1971 and 1978-1979. Professor Hall was an avid outdoorsman and especially loved fly-fishing. He will be remembered by many for leading numerous departmental hikes, while sharing his love and knowledge of the outdoors with faculty, staff and students of GSLL.

Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones Undergraduate Essay Prize

Annual prize awarded to the best project or essay written by a German major. Prize is named after Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones, 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.

Ulrich "Ulo" Goldsmith Memorial Prize in German-Jewish Studies

Annual prize awarded to the best paper written by a student (undergraduate or graduate) on a topic pertaining to any aspect of German-Jewish culture in the pre- or post-World War II period.  Prize is named after Professor Ulrich "Ulo" Goldsmith, professor emeritus of German and Comparative Literature.  

The Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures announce the Ulrich Goldsmith Memorial Prize in German-Jewish Studies, which rewards academic writing on a topic pertaining to Jewish culture in German-speaking lands. The prize is named after Professor Ulrich Goldsmith (1910–2000), professor emeritus of German and Comparative Literature. Professor Goldsmith was born in Freiburg i. B., Germany, and moved to England in 1932 to study at the London School of Economics. He remained an exile in England after 1933 because of the anti-Semitic legislation passed by the Third Reich. In 1940 he moved to Canada, classified as a "friendly enemy alien," earning his master’s in German literature from Toronto University. In 1950 he earned his Ph.D. in German from UC-Berkeley. Goldsmith began working at CU-Boulder in 1957, where he first chaired the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and later co-founded and chaired the Program in Comparative Literature. He retired from CU in 1979. The prize was established in the 2010–2011 academic year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Professor Goldsmith's birth.