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Tuition Scholarships

GLS Tuition Scholarship

Irmgard Schlenker Memorial Scholarship Fund

GLS Tuition Scholarship for Adults and Children (2020)

For each academic year September through May, the STV German Language School will award a total of four tuition scholarships for one session, two at the adult level, and two at the children’s level (minimum age 5). The award will be valid for one session during the subsequent early and late fall sessions and will expire if not used for one of those sessions.


  • Applicants must have completed at least one session at the German Language School in the previous two years. Previous winners may apply every other year.

  • Child applicants must be at least five years old.

  • Applicants must demonstrate enthusiasm for the German language and culture through the means explained below.

Application Requirements and Time Frame:

  • Applications will be available each March and are due by June 1 of the same year. The award must be utilized for one of the following fall sessions.

  • Please complete the attached application and send by regular USPS mail (no signature required) by the due date of June 1 to:

STV German Language School Scholarship Committee,

             3349 J Street

             Sacramento, CA 95816

  • Applications are available in the German-American Culture Center – Library, or can be downloaded (but not submitted) at:                                        

  • Adult applicants must demonstrate their enthusiasm for the German language and culture by means of a typed essay, written in English, limited to 500 words. Applicants may choose from the following three essay prompts:

1. Describe a poignant learning experience you had in a GLS German class;

2. Describe what the German language and culture mean to you;

3. Write about a topic of German language or culture that interests you.

  • Children who cannot yet read or write proficiently (ages 5-8) may meet with members of the scholarship committee and express to them in English, or perhaps through means of art (a drawing they have completed, or a dance, etc.) why they like the German language, what it means to them, and why they would like to continue learning German.

  • Children/Youth who are capable of writing proficiently may submit a handwritten or typed essay limited to 300 words (but if the applicant can express what he/she wants in 100 words, that is sufficient.) The suggested essay prompts are:

1. Express what you like about learning German at the GLS;

2. Describe what is interesting to you about Germany;

3. Describe a day in Germany as you imagine it might be.


Recipients will be notified by mid-June and may apply the award for one of the subsequent fall sessions. The scholarship credit at the GLS will expire if it is not applied in that time frame.

To download thee instructions and an application form in PDF format, click here.