2017 Spring / Summer DPA Study Abroad Scholarship winners: Griffin & Sartorius

Delta Phi Alpha, the National Collegiate German Honorary Society, is proud to announce the 2017 Spring / Summer Study abroad scholaship recipients.

Amy Griffin, University of Oklahoma, Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha

Emily Sartorius, Grand Valley State University, Lambda Nu Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha


Amy Griffin

Amy Griffin is a double major in Astrophysics and German at the University of Oklahoma. Fascinated by the increasing interdependence of the space industry and foreign affairs, she hopes to one day use German, Japanese and her Physics background in a career in the space industry. She will study abroad at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, where she will take coursework in German language and culture as well as Space Law and Space Policy. In addition to her coursework, she plans to travel to discover more of Austria and Germany, as well as visit the CERN facility in Switzerland. She hopes to one day use her language and intercultural skills in the space industry to facilitate cooperation among international colleagues. Congratulations to Amy and best wishes for a wonderful semester abroad!  

Amy writes:

“I am so happy to receive the scholarship from Delta Phi Alpha.  This funding will make it possible for me to visit the CERN particle physics facilities in Geneva and also travel to Munich to view the 13th century Parzival manuscripts.  It’s an honor to be selected for this national recognition; thank you for your support.”

Emily Sartorius

Emily Sartorius is a student at Grand Valley State University with a triple major, Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching, Special Education and German. She will use this scholarship study abroad at the Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gemünd, where she will have the opportunity to combine her passion for German and education. She looks forward to gaining a German perspective on pedagogy while also immersing herself in the German culture and language. This study abroad experience will also afford her the opportunity to observe primary school classes in general education and special education, bringing a richer intercultural perspective to her teaching after she returns to the US. Congratulations to Emily and best wishes for a wonderful semester abroad!

Emily writes:

“I am honored to be a recipient of the Delta Phi Alpha 2017 Study Abroad Scholarship. Receiving this scholarship means so much to me, because I now have the opportunity to study at the Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd, and integrate my two passions— German language, and teaching— in a unique study abroad experience. This scholarship is significant to me, because it shows me that my educational goals, although unique, are valid and important. It is beyond humbling that a prestigious honors society would put so much faith into my studies and areas of research. This experience is not something that I would be able to afford on my own, and so I do not take your selection lightly. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”

About Delta Phi Alpha:

The National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, was founded in 1929 in order to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to humanity’s eternal search for peace and truth.

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