Summer is a wonderful time to study or do research in a French-speaking country. These awards are intended to allow students to expand their knowledge of Francophone culture and perfect their French language skills.
Students may apply these awards to the cost of an established summer study program, or use the funds to carry out their own independent research projects.
The department encourages all interested students, French majors, minors, or soon-to-declare majors or minors, to apply for one or more of these awards.
Harry L. Butler Award
Honoring the late Professor Butler, for many years chair of the Department of French and Italian, this award supports educational travel for at least one high-achieving student of French. Recent awards ranged from $500 to $2500. Preference is given for the summer following the sophomore or junior year and to applicants with financial need.
John A. Griffin Award
The late professor of French John A. Griffin endowed this award of up to $1500 annually, to be bestowed on the writer of "the best piece of creative work in French Literature at the third-year level." Applicants should therefore submit a paper on a literary topic written for a French course, normally at the 300-level. A carefully planned proposal for summer travel and/or study in France is also required.
Departmental Summer Travel Award in French
Award of up to $3000 given for study and/or travel abroad. Preference is given to current sophomores planning a major in French.