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Scholarships, Prizes and Awards in French and Spanish

Several scholarships, prizes and awards are intended particularly for students in French and Spanish. Some of these, like the University Medal and the French and Swiss Ambassadors’ Prizes, are available only to graduating students; others, like the Browne Family Scholarship for example, are open to students during the course of their undergraduate programme at Memorial. This document provides some basic information about the various awards. For more details, you should contact Ms. Judy Casey, the Scholarships and Awards Officer, and consult the relevant sections of the Calendar.

The Department of French and Spanish has a committee on scholarships and awards which makes annual recommendations to the Head. The committee carefully reviews the academic record of eligible candidates before making its recommendations, which are based primarily on academic standing unless other criteria are explicitly mentioned in the description of the award in question. The descriptions that follow are taken from the Calendar except in the case of the University Medal.

Scholarships

The Browne Family Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship established by Mr. Rod Browne in memory of deceased members of the Browne family is tenable at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is valued at not less than $1500. It is based on academics and awarded to a student majoring in French. Selection will be made by the Senate Committee on Scholarships upon the recommendation of the Head, Department of French & Spanish.

The Dr. Grenville R. Robinson Award in French

This award was established in memory of the late Dr. Grenville Robinson, a former professor of the French Department at Memorial University. Valued at $250.00 annually, it will be awarded each Spring to a student in the French Department on the basis of his/her performance in any three or more of the following French courses: 3500, 3501, 3502, 3700 and 3701 and his/her contribution to the general activities of the department. The successful recipient must be a fulltime student and have completed between 60-90 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts at Memorial with a major or minor in French. The recipient will also receive a book prize and a certificate. This award will be made by the Senate Committee on Scholarships upon recommendation of the Head, Department of French and Spanish.

The A.C. Hunter Travel Scholarship In French

This scholarship has a value of not less than $600.00 and is awarded annually. It has been established in memory of Dean A.C. Hunter through the generosity of Mrs. Hunter, the Provincial government of Newfoundland, the Board of Regents of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dean Hunter's former students and friends. The award shall take the form of a travel grant to a student, in second year or beyond, majoring or minoring in French who wishes to pursue a programme of study of one or more semesters' duration, in French language, literature or culture, at a recognized institution in metropolitan France. The award shall be made by the Senate Committee on Scholarships, on the recommendation of the Department of French and Spanish.

The Muriel H. Hunter Scholarship In Spanish

This scholarship, valued at $600.00, is awarded out of income derived from a bequest to the University by the late Mrs. Muriel H. Hunter, wife of the late Dr. A.C. Hunter and former Lecturer in Spanish at the Memorial University College. The award shall take the form of a travel grant to a student, in second year or beyond, majoring or minoring in Spanish who wishes to pursue a programme of study of one or more semesters' duration, in Spanish or Spanish-American language, literature or culture, at a recognized institution in metropolitan Spain or Latin America. The award shall be made by the Senate Committee on Scholarships, on the recommendation of the Department of French and Spanish.

Convocation Awards

The University Medal in French and Spanish

Awarded annually to the top graduates majoring in French and Spanish on the recommendation of the Head.

The French Ambassador's Prize

This prize, the gift of the Ambassador of France to Canada, is a book award made at Convocation to an outstanding graduate whose major was French. The award is made on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of French and Spanish.

The Spanish Ambassador's Prize

This Prize, the gift of the Ambassador of Spain to Canada, is a book award made at Convocation to an outstanding graduate whose major was Spanish. The award is made on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of French and Spanish.

The Swiss Ambassador's Prize

One prize in French and one in German are awarded annually to graduating students who have majored in these languages. The prize in French is awarded on the recommendation of the Head, Department of French and Spanish, and the prize in German on the recommendation of the Head, Department of German and Russian.
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