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Giving to Germanic Languages & Literatures

Whether you give a little or you give a lot, we have a place where your contribution will make a real difference. Our students are still the leaders and best. We'd like to prepare them to achieve the type of success you've earned. Budget cuts from the state have undercut our ability to offer students opportunities to apply what they have learned in our classrooms. Would you consider contributing to a fund to help students participate in experiential opportunities with NGOs and volunteer with non-for-profit entities? Perhaps you would rather support faculty cutting-edge research on complex entities or theoretical breakthroughs. Did you feel it was difficult to balance studies and family? We could use your help to provide more financial support to students who are less fortunate or whose funding was cut due to state funding cuts.

The Department benefits enormously from the generosity of University graduates, their parents, and other friends of Germanic Languages & Literatures.  Annual giving provides significant funds for student and faculty research.  We take great pride in the Department's distinctive endowments, which enable us to sustain undergraduate and graduate programs on par with the finest private institutions

No gift to the Department is too small, and each one contributes to maintaining the standard of excellence that is the Michigan Difference.  We thank each one of you - both for those who have already given and those who are considering doing so.  For more information on giving, please see below.


Dutch and Studies Fund (greatest unmet needs)

DeVries/Vanderkooy Fund (annual lecture)

The Anne Frank Fund (a course on Anne Frank)

The Martijn Zwart Endowment (summer language study in the Netherlands)


  • Huron High Scholarship
  • Katharina and Kurt Bettsteller, Sr. (German history)
  • Frank X. Braun (graduate teaching prize)
  • Bronson-Thomas (undergraduate German prizes)
  • Alan P. Cottrell (graduate prize and support)
  • Hans Fabian Scholarship (student activities in Freiburg)
  • Marilyn Sibley Fries (study in Berlin)
  • Lynn & Mark Gendleman (German medicine course)
  • Otto Graf (graduate studies)
  • Werner Grilk Annual Lecture
  • Martin Haller Scholarship Fund (undergraduate scholarships)
  • Werner and Elizabeth Hartmann (departmental libraries)
  • Valentine C. Hubbs (study abroad in Freiburg)
  • Max Kade (German language residence)
  • Kothe-Hildner (undergraduate German prizes)
  • Mechthild Medzihradsky Scholarship (internships)
  • Mun-Kyes Fund (graduate studies)
  • Mildred Neuchterlein Nelson (graduate support)
  • Arati Sharangpani Memorial (junior year abroad)
  • Sturm Family Endowment (study, work abroad)
  • George Valenta Endowment (Kade program)
  • Hermann F. Weiss/Charles A. Parton Fund (unrestricted)
  • Remembering Walter Reichart
  • Remembering Harald Scholler

Swedish and Scandinavian

Signe Karlström Fund (annual Scandinavian event)

Swedish Language Study (greatest unmet needs)

Danish Language (language study abroad)