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Scholarships and Awards

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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 March 31st.  Please return your application to the department office, 215 Furman Hall. Brooks and Drushal Application

The Jacqueline Wachs Essay 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 2013, the contest deadline will be March 25th; a flyer will be posted in the French and Italian Department. Jacqueline and Morris Wachs

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 3.3 and a French GPA of 3.6 who have taken at least 4 classes at the 200 level or above may apply for membership. The annual induction ceremony takes place at the end of the fall semester.