AATG Announces New Endowment to Support Students of German with Academic Honors

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AATG, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to supporting the study of German language, literature, and culture in the US, announces a new endowment to support the Universities and Students of Delta Phi Alpha, the national collegiate academic honor society for German Studies. 

The endowment was established in June 2024 with an initial investment of $115,000. Effective immediately, donations will be accepted to this fund so that it may grow.

The fund will start dispersing scholarships in January 2025. The Delta Phi Alpha Endowed fund joins three other endowed funds of AATG that serve specific purposes. For a full list of scholarships and opportunities that donations have enabled, see the AATG Annual Funded Programs Page.

Dr. Michael R. Shaughnessy, Executive Director of AATG states, “AATG is proud to carry on the tradition of Delta Phi Alpha (DPA) that recognizes excellence in the study of German and provides an incentive for higher scholarship. DPA aims to promote the study of the German language, literature, and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German-speaking life and culture which are of universal value, and which contribute to humanity's eternal search for peace and truth. This new fund will support university-level students across the country at a time when support is needed the most. AATG is committed to supporting German now and in the future, and this fund will support students in perpetuity.” 

Delta Phi Alpha currently has active chapters at 285 universities throughout the USA. To found a new chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, visit the Delta Phi Alpha Homepage.

Founded in 1926 by college and high school educators in the New York City area, AATG promotes the study of the German-speaking world in all its linguistic, cultural, and ethnic diversity, and endeavors to prepare students as transnational, transcultural learners and active, multilingual participants in a globalized world.  

About the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG):

AATG is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) entity. All outright gifts, bequests, and transfers are deductible for federal estate and tax gift purposes. 

 AATG currently has four dedicated, restricted endowments that are active:  

For information on our funds and to make tax-deductible donations to any of these funds, visit our Donations Page.

To donate at a higher level, initiate a bequest, or establish a new endowed fund of your own, contact the Executive Director at mike@aatg.org.