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Department Prizes

Students of French may apply for prizes awarded each spring. They should address a letter, preferably in French, to the department chair. The following prizes are awarded on the basis of merit and financial need:

The Florence Donnell White Prize established in honor of Florence Donnell White, professor of French for 39 years (1908-1947). “For students or graduates of Vassar wishing to pursue their studies of French in France, or when that is not practical, in a French School, such as Middlebury, in this country or Canada.”

The Gabrielle Snyder Beck Prize established in memory of Mrs. Beck, a member of the class of 1895, who was French. The prize is intended for “students who wish to study in France during the summer to earn academic credit towards a Vassar degree.

The Dorothy Persh for Summer Study in French established by the late Ms. Dorothy Persh, a student and friend of the department (1983-1992). The prize is intended to help students of all classes who want to further their studies in France or a French-speaking country or, if this is impossible, at Middlebury College or another similar institution “where French will be used in the living conditions as well as the classroom."

How to Apply

Applications written in your own French are welcomed. Please be sure to explain your future plans as well as your financial situation, and feel free to mention anything else you believe is relevant.