College of Arts & Sciences Languages

Scholarships

Several department scholarships are available to those who major in Languages. To qualify, you must maintain a 3.0 GPA. For more information about any of these, please contact us at languages@usd.edu.

For freshman scholarships, also see Admissions.

The Alexander P. Hartman Scholarship

(French or Spanish majors)

Dr. Alexander P. Hartman began his 39 year teaching career at USD in 1939. He retired in 1976 but continued some teaching for another two years. The Alexander P. Hartman Scholarship is an endowed account started in 1976 with a $25 contribution from one of his students.  

Provisions:
  1. The Alexander P. Hartman Scholarship shall be awarded annually to French and Spanish language majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and interest in advanced levels of study in either language.
  2. Awards shall be announced each spring for the following academic year.
  3. If you are a student receiving a Promise Scholarship, the department will automatically submit your application. The departmental scholarship, if awarded, will replace some or all of your Promise Scholarship for the year awarded.  

The Constance Hampl Scholarship 

(French majors)

Dr. Constance Hampl earned her doctorate in French at the University of Wisconsin. Originally from Burke, South Dakota, she made her home in Vermillion from 1974 until her death in 1983. Dr. Hampl was a loyal supporter of the Department of Language and in her will, made a bequest to the USD Foundation to endow the scholarship for French language majors.  

Provisions:
  1. The Constance Hampl Scholarship shall be awarded annually to outstanding French language majors with at least two semesters of work in the department.
  2. Awards shall be announced each spring for the following academic year. The recipient must be enrolled in a French course during the semester for which the award is given.
  3. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) average in French courses and a 3.0 (B) overall average.
  4. The scholarship may also be used while participating in the USD exchange program with the Université d' Orleáns in Orleáns, France.
  5. If you are a student receiving a Promise Scholarship, the department will automatically submit your application. The departmental scholarship, if awarded, will replace some or all of your Promise Scholarship for the year awarded.  

The Lillian Hollingsworth Memorial Scholarship 

(Spanish majors)

Inez L. Hollingsworth, who died in 1968, was a professor of Spanish at the University of South Dakota. In her will, she left to the University the mineral rights to sixty acres of land in Oklahoma, the proceeds from which were to be used to endow a scholarship in honor of her mother, Lillie Hollingsworth.  

Provisions:
  1. The Lillie Hollingsworth Memorial Scholarships shall be awarded annually to outstanding Spanish majors who have demonstrated excellence and have shown interest in the study of Spanish at an advanced level.
  2. Awards shall be announced each spring for the following academic year.
  3. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) average in Spanish courses.
  4. If you are a student receiving a Promise Scholarship, the department will automatically submit your application. The departmental scholarship, if awarded, will replace some or all of your Promise Scholarship for the year awarded.    

The Erwin R. Behrendt Memorial Scholarship 

(German majors)

Erwin R. Behrendt was a professor of German at the University from 1959 until his death in 1974. His estate was bequeathed to USD to be used to further undergraduate study of German language and literature. These scholarships were established as a memorial to Professor Behrendt.  

Provisions:
  1. The Erwin R. Behrendt Memorial Scholarships shall be awarded annually to deserving undergraduate German language majors.
  2. Awards shall be announced each spring for the following academic year. By the beginning of the fall semester for which the award is made, the recipient must:
    • Be classified as a junior or senior German major.
    • Have completed at least two years of college German or its equivalent
    • Have demonstrated a serious intention to pursue further work in German.
  3. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) average in German courses.
  4. Primary consideration will be given to academic achievement with economic need a secondary factor.
  5. The scholarship may be given to the same individual for two consecutive years, but individuals must reapply to be considered for a continuation of the award.
  6. For recipients of two consecutive scholarships, one may be used for study in a German-speaking country. Proof on enrollment in a university and successful progress in studies will rest with the student.
  7. If you are a student receiving a Promise Scholarship, the department will automatically submit your application. The departmental scholarship, if awarded, will replace some or all of your Promise Scholarship for the year awarded.      

Edward and Helen Greene 

(Language, Linguistics & Philosophy Travel Fund)

The Greene Travel Fund provides travel scholarships to students studying modern languages in Languages, Linguistics, & Philosophy. Candidates shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).