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For Immediate Release

Katja Sipple

Mail: [email protected]
Phone: 202.467.5000
The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA®

German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™

The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ opened in March, 2010 in a building once known as Hockemeyer Hall. Renovations were completed by the GAHF after acquiring the building in 2008. Located on 6th Street NW in the heart of the old European-American section of Washington, the Museum sits in what is now a thriving commercial neighborhood.

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2024 Scholarship Program

Now Accepting Applications for GAHF’s 2024 Scholarship Program

The German-American Heritage Foundation is seeking qualified applicants for two Domestic Study Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 to be awarded in August 2024. These scholarships are designed to defray the tuition, fees, or other costs of attending a U.S.-accredited college or university. Students majoring or minoring in German have preference in consideration for funding, but we welcome all majors and academic disciplines. To learn more about our previous scholarship recipients, please click here.

Eligibility criteria are:

A) Current full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student in a U.S.-accredited institution of higher education or high school senior having been accepted into an institution of higher education.
B) College GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0, or the equivalent. If applying directly out of high school, a minimum (unweighted) GPA of 3.7 is required.
C) U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status.
D) Evidence of German, Austrian, or Swiss-German ancestry, defined as the student having at least one ancestor who immigrated to the United States from Germany, Austria, or Switzerland
E) An active GAHF Member in good standing at any membership level. Students may use their parent’s, guardian’s or other family member’s GAHF membership for this purpose. Candidates can join here as needed.

If using a parent’s or guardian’s membership to satisfy this requirement, please indicate name and relationship in your application.

Applications are being accepted starting May 10, 2024. The submission deadline is July 1, 2024, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. To apply, please submit the following information/documents via e-mail to
[email protected]:

● Basic demographic information (name, address, e-mail, phone number, college/university attending)
● Current transcript
● Evidence of citizenship status
●Two letters of recommendation from non-family members, i.e. professors, teachers or others who know your academic or civic engagement well
● A one-page essay (maximum) detailing prior experience with German language and/or culture,
reason for particular course of study, why scholarship funds are essential for study, or similar
● If claiming existing German language ability, teacher, professor, or similar must verify
proficiency level of applicant (e.g. level B1/B2 on the CEFR – Common European Framework of
Reference for Foreign Languages scale)
● If available, name of and relationship to German, Austrian, or Swiss-German ancestor who
● Name of GAHF member and relationship, if scholarship applicant is not a member
● Briefly, how you heard about this opportunity

Selected candidates may be invited to a Zoom interview. We currently plan to announce 2024 awardees on Friday, Aug. 2. Thank you for your interest in the GAHF Scholarship Program, and we look forward to receiving your application.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].