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An important goal of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese is to involve undergraduates in appropriate enrichment activities.

Undergraduate Awards - Spanish

Certificate Of Excellence

This award is given to graduating students in the major that demonstrate the highest ranking grade point average in Spanish.

Erik D. Steindl Spanish Scholarship Fund 

This award is given to a full-time undergraduate Spanish major with a superior academic record.  Preference is given to 3rd or 4th year students who have participated in community service and/or served in the armed forces.  The finalists for this Scholarship are required to write an essay in Spanish of no more than 500 words on their accomplishments and career goals, they should also include any community or military service if applicable.  The Department Undergraduate Committee reviews all essays and selects the winner.  This Scholarship fund honors Erik D. Steindl, a Spanish major who died of cancer in February 1998. Learn more about Erik's life and dedication to PSU and the study of Spanish.

John W. White Scholarship For Excellence In Spanish

The purpose of this scholarship shall be to honor and recognize excellence and proficiency in Spanish by undergraduate students.  Three awards shall be given to undergraduate students (majors or minors) who are in at least their 5th semester, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in Spanish.


Undergraduate Awards - Spanish & Portuguese

Judy Frankel Silver And Gold Award In Spanish And Portuguese

Consideration for this award shall be given to recognize academic excellency by undergraduate students of at least junior standing who are participating in or are scheduled to participate in linguistic research in Spanish, Portuguese, Gallego, Catalan, Judeo-Español, or any languages in contact with Spanish or Portuguese (such as Palenquero, Goan Konkani, etc.) in the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State University Park.  This includes bilingual (or multilingual) research involving one or more of the aforementioned languages.  


Undergraduate Awards - Spanish & Italian

Irving L. Foster Memorial Award 

This award is given to a full-time undergraduate with a superior academic record.  This award is rotated between three majors:  Spanish, Italian and French and consists in a scholarship of approximately $150.00. 

Sip Department Student Marshal

Each spring, one student is selected from among our majors to represent The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese as Department Student Marshal at graduation ceremonies.  Finalists for this honor are graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Finalists wishing to be considered for Student Marshal are required to write an essay of no more than 500 words in Spanish describing his/her accomplishments and career goals.  Members of our Department Undergraduate Committee review all essays and select the winner.  Students names a faculty member from the department to serve as the Faculty Marshal.  The Student Marshal then becomes a finalist for the College Student Marshal.


Undergraduate Awards - Spanish, Italian & Portuguese

The Passaic Family Undergraduate Scholarship In Spanish, Italian And Portuguese

This endowment is intended to support undergraduate students who are majoring in or planning to major in Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese and are participating in a study abroad program in Spain.

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