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Meet the Endowed Scholars

The AATG Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 to support study abroad in German-speaking countries for students. To date the fund has sent over 35 high school students abroad for summer study. Each student has returned home filled with language, new experiences and perspectives.

Please consider becoming a patron of this fund and supporting the future of German studies in North America. Visit the fund's page to make a donation now. Investing today provides life changing experience through study abroad to students for generations to come.

Find out more about the recipients of the Endowed Scholarship and their experiences in Germany!

2016 Scholarship recipients

Jack Burgess
Saint Peter's Preparatory
Jersey City, NJ
My time in Germany can best be described as a boon for intellectual maturity and personal interaction. Such a level of immersion was an incredible experience.
Sophia Ebel
Univ. of Ill. Laboratory HS
Urbana, IL
Travelling to Germany has really inspired and motivated me to continue learning German, and I am also now considering German as a possible major in college.
Samuel Hoffman
Manzano High School
Albequerque, NM
My time in Germany gained me so many uncountable gifts. The greatest was the exposure and experience that come with an entirely new environment.
Lily Turner
Falmouth Academy
Falmouth, MA
From this experience, I have not only gained a fluidity in speaking the German language, but also a stronger sense of self and independence.


Joseph Washburn
Mukwonago HS
Mukwonago, WI
I learned greater appreciation for the nuances of the culture and language, from figuring out new eating habits to being able to piece together the logic of German concepts.

2015 Scholarship recipients

Michael Huang
Shaker High School
Latham, NY
I will definitely be making Germany a part of my life as I will return to Germany before I graduate college and after I graduate, I will definitely be making trips to Germany.
Natalie Jones
Central Magnet School
Murfreesboro, TN
Of the skills I improved—independence, learning, communication—there is no doubt the most valuable assets I brought back were the memories and friendships.
Elizabeth Moye
Nequa Valley High School
Naperville, IL
Being around this culture allowed me to be more open to how other people understand the world. I gained much more independence and self-confidence.
Cole Prescott
Champaign Central HS
Champaign, IL
This experience, I can honestly say, has been the best time of my life.The bonds I forged with my new friends were strong and solid.


Hayley Russell
Charlotte Catholic HS
Charlotte, NC
I cannot wait to return. I will continue taking German and want to study abroad. This trip has been eye opening for how empowering it is to learn and use a new language.

2014 Scholarship recipients

Spencer Diem
Belton High School
Belton, TX
During the three weeks, I learned about German culture and ways of life more than anything else. German has the potential to play a huge role in my future.
Deana Jackson
Boise High School
Boise, ID
German will be invaluable when it comes to pursuing a career. This program helped elevate my skills to the next level and I feel very prepared to progress in college.
Erin McMahon
Bethel Park High School
Bethel Park, PA
I never thought three weeks would change my life. I grew more than I ever imagined. Not only did my language skills improve, but my confidence in myself increased.
Anna Sprunger
Fargo South High School
Fargo, ND
I gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of German culture. I strengthened my vocabulary, grammar, and my confidence in speaking the language.


Megan Stanton
Hillsborough High School
Hillsborough, NJ
Being in Germany allowed me to experience the current German culture, rather than just reading about it in school. German will always play a prominent role in my life.
Stephanie Wong
Boulder High School
Boulder, CO
I had the most amazing time in Germany, and it did influence me in deciding that I want German in my future, whether I live in Germany or I major in German.

2013 Scholarship Recipients

Michael Black
Chaminade High School
Mineola, NY
The ability to do such a program while in high school was amazing. I cannot wait to make a return trip with a better understanding of German culture and language.
Alexander Hartig
South High School
Downers Grove, IL
There were many opportunities to see historical sights of southern Germany. Because of my trip, I look forward to going back. Hopefully I'll study there.
Makenna Killman
Hickory High School
Chesapeake, VA
I learned so mucht—About who I am as a person and about German culture and the German language. I look forward to returning to Leipzig to visit my friends again.
Lillian Webster
Nerinx Hall High School
Webster Groves, MO
I can comfortably say that the three weeks I spent in Berlin were among the best of my life. I had an amazing time, having fun while constantly learning new things.

2012 Scholarship Recipients

Kyle Adams
Whitewater High School
Fayetteville, GA
This program helped me broaden my horizons through immersion and become more open to others' views. By living with a family, I gained a better understanding of German culture.
Megan Alpert
Parkview High School
Lilburn, GA
The chance to visit a country whose language I spent four years learning showed me that my hard work and dedication paid off. This experience has helped me become a more well-rounded individual.
Alekhya Mallavarapu
David W. Butler HS
Matthews, NC
Not only did I get to experience a new culture and enhance my fluency, but I also learned how to communicate with others better. It made me more open to meeting different people.
Lauren Swords
Keller High School
Keller, TX
The world seems smaller now because of the connections I made. This trip has made me more aware, open-minded and appreciative for another culture as well as for my own.

2011 Scholarship Recipients

Michael Clemons
Metamora Township HS
Metamora, IL
Noah Hutchens
Monarch High School
Louisville, CO
Mary Lodigiani
Ridgefield High School
Ridgefield, CT

2010 Scholarship Recipients

Than MacKenzie
Summerville High School
Summerville, SC
Neil Richard Stair
Glenbrook South HS
Glenview, IL

2009 Scholarship Recipients

Carolyn Anderson
Stadium High School
Tacoma, WA

Christina Tecsy
HS for Math, Science & Engineering
New York, NY

2008 Scholarship Recipients

Benjamin Lipton
HS for Math, Science & Engineering
New York, NY
Ethan Mauldin
Franklin High School
Franklin, TN

2007 Scholarship Recipients

Megan Geiman
Highlands High School
Fort Thomas, KY

Jennifer M. Shirar
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
St. Louis, MO

2006 Scholarship Recipients

Danielle Relyea
Fayetteville-Manlius HS
Manlius, NY

2005 Scholarship Recipients

Lindsay Bayham
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
St. Louis, MO
Samuel Hanish
Fort Dodge High School
Fort Dodge, IA

Jay Singh
Langley High School
McLean, VA

2004 Scholarship Recipients

Melina Aguirre
J.J. Pearce High School
Richardson, TX

2003 Scholarship Recipients

Joshua Kroll
York School
Monterey, CA

2002 Scholarship Recipients

Jennifer E. Laaser
Gunn High School
Palo Alto, CA

2001 Scholarship Recipients

Benjamin Pollack
Park Tudory High School
Indianapolis, IN
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