Through the German Language and Heritage Fund and the generous contribution of Gerhard Meinzer, the society will again be able to award a summer scholarship to a Maryland high school German student to study in Germany this summer!
Application Deadline: February 27, 2015
The winner of the 2014 Gerhard Meinzer Summer Scholarship was Frank Faust of Mt. Hebron High School.
Any member of the German Society may nominate a high school student to compete to win this scholarship. All secondary school students from Maryland, between the ages of 15 and 18, who have had at least two years of German, with a recommendation of their German teacher, are eligible. The Education Committee of the German Society of Maryland will select the winner from the students nominated.
The winning student will participate in the German Summer Study Program sponsored by the AATG, in cooperation with the German governmental agency, the Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD). The student will live with a German family and attend classes at a German high school. Field trips will be organized to local points of interest. In addition to these group outings, the host families generally plan excursions to show their visiting "son" or "daughter" the area in which they are living. A qualified American high school teacher of German will be available to supervise field trips, act as a liaison with the German school authorities or just provide a sympathetic ear to the American students. All participants are covered by AATG's accident and health policy. More information about the AATG Program
To encourage the study of German in Maryland high schools, the Society has for many years been presenting cash awards to students who excel on the national German language proficiency examination. This activity is carried out in cooperation with the Maryland Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. An awards ceremony for the students being honored and their families is held in May at the Zion Church in Baltimore.
The German Society established an Award Program for college and university students in honor of Dr.Carrie-May Kurrelmeyer Zintl. This program provides up to 2 awards of $1,000.00 each to outstanding students at Maryland colleges and universities who have declared a German major.
The Baltimore Kickers Club has joined the German Society in the past and also presented one award to one of the outstanding students at Maryland colleges and universities with a declared a German major. They will not participate in 2015, but perhaps in the future.
The German Society will also offer awards of $400.00 to each of three college/university students who are minoring in German.
Application for the college student award for German Majors Deadline March 21, 2015
Application for the college student award for German Minors Deadline March 21, 2015
The German Society of Maryland encourages its members to participate in the activities of other German-American organizations locally and nationally. The German Society helps with various community organizations. The Society provides judges and assistants for the annual German American Day Program at Mc Daniel College for high school students of German.
The German Society is very proud to have helped in the effort to have October declared German American Heritage Month in the state of Maryland.