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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Kaufmanis Scholarship

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2015-16 Scholarship Info Coming Next Spring Semester.

Kaufmanis Scholarship

[PDF] Kaufmanis Scholarship (110 KiB): One $500 Scholarship. Mrs. Kaufmanis was an enthusiastic, devoted and popular teacher of German and Russian at Mankato State in the 1950's and early 1960's. She is remembered particularly for her successful practice of approaching students standing in line at registration, asking them why they weren't taking a foreign language and signing them up on the spot. Her husband is a well-known astronomer.

One scholarship in her honor will be awarded this year to an outstanding student of German. All students in German who will be attending MSU next year, graduate or undergraduate, are encouraged to apply. The possibility of consecutive awards is not precluded. [DOC] Application forms (29 KiB)are available from the department office or online at your application essay, please cite German language-related activities (Be specific and detailed) and future plans for use of the language. Attach a current academic transcript. A committee from World Languages and Cultures will review all applications. Committee members will consider the demonstrated performance and the perceived potential of each candidate in making their recommendations. In their deliberations, the committee members will give preference to German majors who have done the following:

  1. Achieved at a minimum an overall GPA of 3.2 and a GPA of 3.5 in German coursework.

  2. Completed at least one upper division course in the target language.

  3. Demonstrated enthusiastic and consistent participation in one or both of the following areas:

    • unpaid departmental activities

    • unpaid activities outside the Department of World Languages and Cultures that involve the use and/or promotion of German.

Applicants should submit a 250-350 word essay providing specific examples of foreign language related activities in which they are involved and future plans to use their German language and cultural knowledge. This essay should include their projected coursework for the 2015-2016 academic year. STudents must provide a current academic transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable).

In the event of a tie between two candidates, their respective grade-point averages will be the determining factor. After all the applications have been reviewed, candidates will be informed by letter of Department's decision. In the event that the recipient should drop below full-time student status at any time during the 2015-2016 academic year, the department will award the balance of the scholarship to the runner-up.

Please inquire about the application deadline by contacting the department and ask for Dr. Greg Taylor, Chair; Nadja Kräer, Program Director; or Theresa Kopishke, Administrative Assistant.


Department of World Languages and Cultures
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Armstrong Hall 227
Mankato, MN, 56001
Phone: 507-389-2116