Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

Scholarships and Fellowships

The Department of Modern Languages has a variety of funds that support awards, study abroad and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information on these awards, see the descriptions below and/or contact the faculty member indicated.

 

HATTIE BURKE JACKSON COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2004 by the estate of Miss Harriet Jackson, a UM graduate & long-time Latin & French teacher at UM, to honor her mother, MRS. HATTIE TALBERT BURKE JACKSON (1868-1917), a Water Valley native, ‘a splendid woman, active in every civic and benevolent work’ (Water Valley Progress newspaper), who died at the age of 49, leaving Harriet and her three sisters to be raised by their father, Dr. Manuel Winter Jackson, “one of the most talented practicing physicians in the city (of Water Valley)’(Water Valley Progress newspaper).

This scholarship provides assistance to female students who are majoring in one of the following fields: Classics, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics, the recipient must be a resident of Yalobusha, Calhoun, Lafayette, or Grenada Counties, and must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. on all courses. For additional information please contact the Departments of Classics, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, or Physics and Astronomy.

(Miss Harriet Jackson received her BA from UM in 1924 & M.A. at UM in 1936. While in college she was a member of The Marionettes, a student drama club that William Faulkner helped found in 1920.  Miss Jackson joined the Modern Languages department in 1950 where she taught Latin & French for 21 years, retiring in 1970.  During her time at UM she was acting chair several semesters, a member of the Miss. Modern Languages Association, the Faculty Senate, and was advisor to Phi Kappa Phi and the Latin Club.)

 

THE ALFRED WILLIAM MILDEN ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship fund was established in 2004 to honor Alfred William Milden (1869-1944), a native of Ontario, Canada. He earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins Univ. in 1899 and joined the UM faculty in 1910 as professor of Greek. Dr. Milden was dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1920 till 1936. In 1937 he became head of the department of Classics, a new department organized when the Latin & Greek departments were combined,and wasserving in that capacity at his death. (dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts)

The recipient will be a full-time upper class student who is majoring in the fields of ancient or foreign language, have need, and have demonstrated exceptional ability, professional competence and leadership in the area of language study. For additional information please contact the Departments of Classics or Modern Languages.

 

WOFFORD REYNOLDS PRICE AND OPAL READ PRICE FELLOWSHIP IN MODERN LANGUAGES

WOFFORD REYNOLDS PRICE (1921-1998), a Winston County native, West Point Academy graduate, and WWII veteran, he earned both his undergrad & grad degrees in physics from UM. Having received a Bronze Star for his army service, he retired after 20 years in the reserves with the rank of Lt. Col. He taught physics at UM after the war for 5 years and subsequently enjoyed a long career with Hughes Aircraft in California before he and his wife returned to Jasper County.

 OPAL READ PRICE (1923-2017) a native of Jasper County, MS, earned both her B.A. (1949) and M.A. in English and Literature from UM (1950).  She taught in the English department at the University of Mississippi for 5 years and later in the California School Systems for 35 years until she retired.

Recipients will be graduate students in the Department of Modern Languages, who are Mississippi residents, citizens of the United States and who qualify for the award based on the criteria of scholastic ability, leadership potential and financial need. Approximate award: $6,000 per semester for up to two semesters. There is no application process. Recipients are chosen each year from among applicants to the master’s degree programs in French, German and Spanish. Contact Dr. Daniel O’Sullivan, Chair, at dosulliv@olemiss.edu for more information on this fellowship.

 

WILLIAM EICKHORST STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

William Eickhorst (1904-1991) came to the U.S. from Germany in 1925 and received his B.S. (1932, Memphis State University), M.S. (1941), and Ph.D. in Modern Languages (1946) both fromtheUniversity of Illinois, and was professor of Modern Languages at UM from 1947-1971. He was the author of a book on the modern German novel as well as other studies on German literature. In his tenure at UM he led numerous student groups on tours of Europe in what was referred to as the summer studies program (a precursor to Study Abroad).

Recipients will be full-time undergraduate or graduate students and citizens of the United States who are studying abroad and majoring in a foreign language with first preference being given to a student majoring in German. Approximate award: variable. There is no application process. Awardees are chosen each year by the German faculty in consultation with the department chair from among a group of eligible students who plan to study abroad.

 

HANS-JÜRGEN GAYCKEN GERMAN STUDIES EXCELLENCE AWARD

This award was established in 2016 by Dr. Bettina Gaycken to honor her father, Dr. Hans-Jürgen Gaycken, a native German who came to the US in 1957 & received his Ph.D. in German languages and literature from UT Knoxville. In 1973 Dr. Gaycken joined the UM faculty of the Department of Modern Languagesand taught German for 35 years, retiring in 2008.In addition to his teaching, he was known for his mentoring of students and the development of study abroad programs in Germany.

Recipients will be full-time students majoring in German with first preference being given to juniors. Recipients will be selected on the basis of merit. Approximate award: up to $1,000 one time. Applications are solicited each year, and recipients are chosen by the German faculty in consultation with the department chair and a representative of the Gaycken family from among a group of eligible students who have applied. Contact Dr. Christopher Sapp at csapp@olemiss.edufor more information on this award.

 

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MARTIN III MEMORIAL STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Martin III (1938 – 2014) was raised in Holly Springs and Kosciusko. He earned his B.S. in chemistry in 1960 at UM & M.D. at the UM Medical Center in Jackson.  He was an avid reader, world traveler and collector of art, notably of Mississippi artists and photographers. During his time at Ole Miss, Benjamin Martin was involved with the German program as a student and grading assistant. It was his belief that learning a second language was the first step to a greater appreciation of the world around him. He also believed that traveling the world was an important and integral part of learning.

Recipients will be full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a major or minor in German who are studying abroad, with first preference being given to a Mississippi resident. Approximate award: up to $1,000 one time. Applications are solicited each year, and awardees are chosen by the German faculty in consultation with the department chair from among a group eligible students who have applied. There is no application process for this scholarship.

INTENSIVE SUMMER PROGRAMS IN GERMAN, JAPANESE AND RUSSIAN

Begin studying German, Japanese or Russian this summer. Click here for details.