French Scholarship

French majors enrolled at the College of Saint Benedict who will be juniors or seniors in the fall
are invited to apply for the Dr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Gaida French Scholarship for the following
academic year. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of scholarship, strength of academic
purpose, and financial need (determined by consultation with the Financial Aid Office).
The scholarship amount varies from year to year averaging between $3000 and $3500.

Applications are to be submitted electronically by email to with the

1. A letter to the Gaida French Scholarship Committee stating your academic purpose
(approximately one page, in English).

2. Include with the letter a one-page Vita in French, which is a short resume highlighting
your past activities pertinent to your French studies.

3. Write a one-page essay in French explaining your studies up to this point, your plans for
further study of French, and how you see French studies continuing to be meaningful in
your future professional goals.

4. Include an unofficial copy of your transcripts.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is to be determined each year; recipients
are notified in early April. Selection is made by a committee of faculty members from the
French Studies Program of the Department of Languages and Cultures.