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German Honor Society

The national German honor society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to foster and recognize excellence in the field. Whitman College's chapter, Sigma Alpha, was founded in November 2006.

If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Emily Jones, the faculty adviser. To be considered for membership you should have completed at least two years of college German (or the equivalent) with at least a B+ average in your German classes, and at least a B- cumulative average, and have a continued interest in the study of German.

From the Preamble to the Constitution

"The National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature, and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to man's eternal search for peace and truth."


Delta Phi Alpha also offers two yearly scholarships. The application deadline is generally in November.

The Sophomore-Junior Award:

This award offers $1000 for study abroad during the summer or academic year. You'll need three letters of recommendation and a completed application form. If you apply during your sophomore year and are awarded the stipend, you may use the award during study abroad during your junior year, or for summer study abroad before the start of your junior year. If you apply during your junior year and receive the stipend, you may use the award for summer study abroad before the start of your senior year.

The Junior-Senior Award:

This award offers $2000 for study abroad or research abroad after graduation, and is intended for students who plan to begin graduate school immediately upon return to the U.S. Students interested in competing for this stipend should apply during the fall of their junior year. If you receive the award, you must also apply for the "DAAD" award.

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