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Huron High School German Scholarship
This scholarship is reserved specifically for Huron High School graduates who are attending the University of Michigan. A $1,000, one-time scholarship per award recipient, is available to graduates of Ann Arbor's Huron High School who have taken at least one (1) year of German at Huron High School and completed at least two (2) semesters of German language during their undergraduate years at the University of Michigan. The scholarship will be disbursed the semester following successful completion of the criteria for the scholarship. For example, if the award recipient completes two semesters of German at the University of Michigan during the 18-19 academic year, the scholarship award will be disbursed during the following fall semester (Fall 2019).
Graduates of Ann Arbor's Huron High School who complete at least 2 (two) semesters of German language with a grade of C or better during their undergraduate years at the University of Michigan. Students must also have taken German at Huron High for at least one year.
August 27, with an award notification by the first day of class.
How to Apply
Must complete a formal application and recent high school transcripts.
Criteria and Review
Applications are reviewed by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures scholarship committee.
The University of Michigan Huron High School German Scholarship was established in 2010 by an anonymous donor to foster the understanding and learning of German language and culture.
These prizes were established through the bequest of $1,000 by Thomas Bertrand Bronson, class of 1881, in memory of Calvin Thomas, who served as first chair of the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and was a great pioneer in the field of German Studies generally. Calvin Thomas was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1878 until 1896.
The Bronson-Thomas competition was first held in 1929, and has been held annually ever since.
How to Apply
Criteria and Review
Martin Haller Award
The Martin Haller Prize is awarded to the best German honors thesis.
German Translation Prize
The German Translation Prize is awarded during semesters that "German 470: Workshop in Translation" is taught. All German 470 students choose a German text that is particularly important to them personally and work on their projects throughout the semester, with feedback from the class as a whole, small groups, and the instructor. The semester-long projects are then submitted to the GDS Executive Committee for consideration.
These prizes were endowed by the Department's great benefactor Hermann Kothe in honor of his former teacher Jonathan A. C. Hildner (BA U of M 1890, MA 1893), who was further remembered in the following obituary from The Michigan Alumnus:
"Beloved Jonathan A. C. Hildner, '90, A.M. '93, Professor of German, who was known as 'Dad' to his students, alumni, and other friends, died in Wyandotte, Mich., January 25. He has been living there since his retirement in 1938, and had suffered a broken hip a week before his death.
Besides teaching German, 'Dad' Hildner served as an advisor to foreign students on the Campus for more than twenty years. In the classroom he taught by means of song and other informal methods. Editor of many German texts, his best-known work was his edition of Goethe's Goetz von Berlichingen."
Annual Open-Book Translation Contest
Students are invited to put their translation skills to the test by participating in the annual University of Michigan German Department Open-Book Translation Contest! The contest will take place each year in the Winter Term, and will be judged by a panel of faculty members. The entries are identified only by the student's university ID number, making the judging anonymous. Monetary prizes of $150 for first place, $125 for second place, and $100 for third place!
All undergraduate UM students currently enrolled in a German course or who are registered as a German major or minor are welcome to participate.
All contest participants are required to register for the contest by the annual published deadline. Contact Andrew Mills (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
The contest will be held under the same conditions used by the American Translators Association (ATA) for its certification exam. Students will have approximately 70 minutes to translate a text by hand that will be provided for them (1). The translation will be from German to English. The contest will be held in “open book” format. Students will not have access to the internet, but may bring and use as many hardback or paperback dictionaries as they wish. All students receive the same text, which is approximately 225-275 words in length. The contest must be written in (dark) pencil capable of being photo-copied for our judges. Students must bring their own pencils. Paper is provided.
The text to be translated will be “general” in nature. The text expresses a view, sets forth an argument, or presents an idea or situation. Examples include: a newspaper article, an essay, or a passage from a non-fiction book. The contest passage is chosen in such a way as to avoid highly specialized terminology requiring research. There are, however, terminology challenges in the text, and knowledge of German culture, society, and history often is necessary for contestants to excel.
(1) Accommodations may be made for participants who demonstrate that they cannot write the text by hand. Please contact Andrew Mills at email@example.com for details.
History of German Science Prize (Inactive)
The History of German Science Prize was awarded during semesters that "German 378: History of German Science" was taught. German 378 students worked on a final project of their own design. Final projects were research- and/or experiment-based and the project was intended to further students' interests in the history of science. Students worked individually or as part of a team. The best final project was awarded the prize.