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French Scholarships

The Franklin Brooks and Jane L. Drushal Memorial Scholarship, established in 1994 in memory of a much-loved faculty member and Director of Vanderbilt-in-France, is a cash award given annually to a student accepted for study at Vanderbilt-in-France for the spring, summer, or fall semester. The amount of the award ranges from $300 to $500. Deadlines November 15 and April 15.  Please return your application to the department office, 215 Furman Hall. Brooks and Drushal Application

The Claude and Vincenette Pichois Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate French major who plans to spend a year studying in France through the Vanderbilt-in-France program.  This award is also available to graduate students who want to do dissertation research in France or a Francophone country during the summer.  The amount of the award varies from $1,000 to $5,000. A committee of the Department makes the award.  Deadline April 15. Please return your application to the department office, 215 Furman Hall. Application

Jacqueline and Morris Wachs established in 1999 by the Department of French and Italian in memory of Jaqueline Wachs, who taught French from 1966 – 1994. The prize is a cash award for the best essay submitted by an undergraduate.  In 2014, the contest deadline will be  March 26th; a flyer will be posted in the French and Italian Department. Please return your essay to the department office, 215 Furman Hall

The Gardner Prize, endowed in 1980 by Grace Gardner in memory of her husband, treasurer emeritus of Vanderbilt. The award is a cash award given to a graduating senior for excellence in French.  This award is made by the faculty and has no formal application procedure.

The C. Maxwell Lancaster Award, endowed in 1991 with a gift from Professor Luigi Monga to honor the memory of C. Maxwell Lancaster, professor of French and Italian from 1939 – 1976. It is a medal awarded to a graduating senior for excellence in Italian.  This award is made by the faculty and has no formal application procedure.

Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society.  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a French GPA of 3.5 who have taken at least 6 classes at the 200 level or above may apply for membership in the spring.

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2012 Award Recipients
Congratulations to the following students!


  • Gardner Prize for excellence in French

- Eszter Szentirmai

  • Maxwell Lancaster Prize for excellence in Italian

- Ali LeBlanc

  • French Government recognition for meritorious work in French

- Catherine Brewbaker
- Emily Cook
- Kyle McGrath
- Kate Measom
- Claire Verville

  • CCIP Prize

- Tim Xu


  • Creative writing prizes

- Emma Steigerwald – Category A
- Una Natterman – Haikus de Provence


To Be Announced

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