German Scholarship Opportunities | Concordia Language Villages

German Scholarship Opportunities

Why Learn German?

For those of us with a love of German language and culture, it's an easy question to answer. But others may wonder what language they should study or why German is so relevant to their lives or their future. They may be looking for the kind of answers we can all provide. 

With this in mind, we are once again launching a contest entitled "Why Learn German?" We are looking for any answers you may come up with, sent to us in any form you like — notes, videos, collages, essays, photos, musical presentations — whatever fits your message and your mood.

We will post entries on our websites and offer the top three winners partial-tuition vouchers for two- and four-week summer sessions at Waldsee, the German Language Village. 

If you are interested in participating, please send in your entries by March 31st via email to or via post to the address below.

Amelia Johnson
8659 Thorsonveien Rd.
Bemidji, MN 56601

Please use the contact information provided for the following scholarships:

Passport Fund. Need-based scholarships are available for German and other language programs through the CLV Passport Fund. For further information click here.

Minnesota AATG Annual German Contest Winner: Waldsee offers scholarship funds covering one-half of a four-week high school credit session to the winner of this annual state-wide competition. Open to students taking the National German Exam (NGE) conducted by the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), Minnesota students can contact their German teacher with interest in participating in the NGE. More information about the exam can be found here:

Raer Family Foundation Scholarships: Scholarship funds are available for residents of the Fargo-Moorhead region. The funds are awarded to promising German students by teachers in the Fargo-Moorhead schools system. Interested students should contact their German teachers for more information and/or to be considered.

Wisconsin German Day Scholarship Award: Each spring German students in the state of Wisconsin gather at the University of Wisconsin for a fun day of German skits, games, and contests. Waldsee provides scholarship funds to selected participants in the Wisconsin German Day activities. Specific scholarship and/or participant information can be found here.

Scholarship for Descendants of Families Displaced by the Shoah: We are pleased to announce an independent initiative has been launched to provide at least one 2-week scholarship to Waldsee German Language Village for descendants of families displaced from German-speaking countries as a result of the Shoah, also known as the Holocaust. This initiative originated from a member of our community whose family suffered at the hand of the Nazis. We are committed to support the awareness of the darkest period of German history and are dedicated to fostering connections to ensure a peaceful future. The need-based scholarship provides full tuition for any two-week session at Waldsee. Applicants should submit an application by March 31 that includes an essay of 250-800 words on their family connection to the Shoah, to German, and their reasons for wanting to study German. Applicants will be notified by April 15 whether they will receive a scholarship. Please email your essay to Amelia at by the deadline to be considered.