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Awards and Scholarships

2020-2021 MLLL Awards and Scholarships Recipients

        Hearty congratulations to the following MLLL students on winning this year’s  awards and scholarships!  

College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Seniors

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistsics would like to extend our enthusiastic congratulations to the CAS outstanding seniors with special recognition to those with connections to our department!

Natalie Bayer

Natalie Bayer is graduating with bachelor of arts degrees in English and in Women's and Gender Studies, with a minor in Spanish. Post-graduation, she will attend law school at the University of Texas at Austin. Ultimately, she plans to practice public interest law. 

Robert Cascella

Robert Cascella is graduating with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology with minors in Spanish, chemistry and medical humanities. He has been accepted to medical school and plans to begin this fall. 

Jacob Moser

Jacob Moser is a mathematics and Spanish double major. After graduation, he will be moving to Texas to work at Bain & Co. Ultimately, he hopes to continue to advocate for equitable social and economic policy. 

Lowell & Frances Dunham Scholarship

This scholarship was established by alumni and friends of Dr. Dunham in 1977.  He was chair of the department for 20 years, teaching at OU for 35 years.  He retired from OU in 1981, as did Mrs. Dunham, who was a professor in the College of Education and had taught at the University School

            Marcus Ake                               
            Noah Coen 
            Garrett Means                           
            Callie Moorhead
            Jacob Moser                             
            William Runion
            Angelica Scribner 


Hazel Brakebill Perrault Scholarship

Established in 1989, this scholarship is to provide scholarships for students in the Department of Modern Languages.  The money was donated from the estate of Ruby Brakebill.  The scholarship was changed to an endowed scholarship in 2003

           Claudia Cavallin Calanche         
           Jose Nunez Hernandez 


Besse A. Clement Scholarship
In memory of Besse A. Clement, former professor of French at the University of Oklahoma, the award was established to assist students majoring in French. Awards are based on merit and need.

            Jamie Boyd
            Christine Tomte
            Grayson Wise


Mary Enod Williams Memorial Scholarship
This award was established in 1989 by the son and daughter of Mary Enod Williams, who was a graduate student in the Department of Modern Languages. Mary Enod Williams was a long time public school teacher. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding Letters or Classics major.

            Ana Marques Garcia

Eulalia Steedman Araoz Endowed Scholarship
Eulalia Steedman Araoz completed her B.A. Degree in 1949 and the M.A. Degree in 1951 in Spanish at the University of Oklahoma with Alpha Lambda Delta, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Phi Beta Kappa honors. This award was generously given by her husband Dr. Carlos Araoz, who originally hails from Argentina. It was established in 2012 to support a native Oklahoman majoring in Spanish with a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

            Madeleine Ozan
            Samuel Shideler
            Nikki Vardaman

Gerlinde Miess Thompson Memorial Scholarship
Gerlinde received both a BA in German here in 1991 and an MA in German here in 1993. She was a TA in our department in the early 1990s and began as an instructor in MLLL in 1993. She had held a five-year renewable term faculty position with us since 2001 and had served as language coordinator in the German section since 1996. Her generosity was legendary and she gave warmly to our department, as with the scholarships she founded. The devotion she brought to her duties as language coordinator was remarkable, and she worked tirelessly to encourage and support our TAs, instructors, and students.

            Elliot Holland
            Dzenita Petrovic   
            Gabriela Ramírez-Pérez
            Kathrin Thorisch
            Brianna Zenzen

Nikolai Pavlovitch Antsiferov Scholarship
Nikolai Antsiferov was a Russian literary critic and expert on the cultural heritage of St. Petersburg. The award benefits Russian majors, particularly students who plan to pursue a career in teaching.  Special consideration is given to students who intend to study abroad.  

            Noah Coen

Cankun & Ming Chao Gui Memorial Award 
This scholarship was first established by Dr. Mingchao Gui, in memory of his late father Professor Cankun Gui who taught Chinese at OU for 7 years. In 2010, Dr. Ming Chao Gui passed away and the award was renamed to honor the memory of him and his father - the two pioneers who made significant contribution to the development of the Chinese program with the contribution of his colleagues, students, family and friends.

            Ivy Zollars

OU German Club Award
This award was established in 1988 by German Faculty at the University of Oklahoma for undergraduate students in German to encourage the study and development of German language, culture and literature.

            Lilly Brusdeilins 

Mueller-Miess Memorial Award
This award was established in 2001 by Gerlinde Thompson, German faculty, in honor of her parents.  This Scholarship was established to encourage students to continue the study of German.

            Leah Pomerantz

Madland Thompson German Award
This award was established in 1997 by members of the German faculty Helga S. Madland and Gerlinde Thompson to encourage study and development of German language, culture and literature.

            Katherine Nordhues

John Asher Dunn Linguistics Award
Established in 2003, this award is to encourage the study of linguistics by honoring a promising undergraduate major.  It is named for the first linguist in the department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma, John Asher Dunn, who created the undergraduate degree and the Linguistics interdisciplinary program.

            Madison Doyle 

Ivar Ivask Scholarship
Ivar Ivask was born in Riga, Latvia. He grew up tetra lingual, speaking not only his parents’ Latvian and Estonian but also German and Russian. In 1967 he accepted the editorship of OU’s then 40-year-old literary quarterly Books Abroad along with an appointment as Professor of German.  His 24-year stint as editor saw a significant expansion of the journal’s coverage of contemporary literature and, in 1977, a change in its name to World Literature Today.
The Ivar Ivask Scholarship was established by Ivar’s widow, Astrid Ivask in 2005, honors his memory and legacy by recognizing an outstanding MLLL student of German or French each year.

            Jacob Mattke

Julia Kathryn Gilbert Memorial Award
Julia Gilbert was a French major at the University of Oklahoma when she passed away in 2010 at the age of 21. A senior from Edmond, Julia had studied in France, and had plans to become a teacher of French, a language she loved passionately. Her parents, John and Laurel Gilbert, established the Julia Kathryn Gilbert Memorial Fund to provide scholarships for French majors or minors at the University of Oklahoma.

            Britt Leake
            Jacob Mattke  

Olive Hawes Scholarship
This award was established in memory of Olive Hawes, who faithfully served the Department of Modern Languages as departmental secretary during the 1965-1975 period. 

            Zachary Arani

Andrew Talton Scholarship
Dr. Andrew Talton served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957, after which he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. In 1970, he joined the faculty of Baldwin-Wallace College as a professor of French, retiring in 1998.  A gifted linguist, he was known for his love of languages, literature, music, and art, as well as for his culinary skills.

John Broach
            Ivy Zollars

James Abbott Scholarship
This award was established by alumni and friends in honor of Dr. James Abbott, Emeritus professor of Spanish, who taught in our department from 1955 until his retirement in 1986.

            Daphne Bigelow
            Joseph Bouchard
            Joy Nath
            Matthew Townsend

Russian Club Award
This award was established to support intercultural awareness and understanding of Russian language, literature, and culture. Students who enrolled in at least three semesters of Russian and will have continued enrollment in Russian during the scholarship tenure are eligible.

            Noah Coen
Callie Moorhead   

Award for Excellence in Teaching for French Teaching Assistant
The award was established in 2002 by William Woods and Martha Nell Woods Fentriss, to honor excellence in the teaching of French by a teaching assistant.  In recent years, the award has been funded by the result of the French Section Book sale, held in November each year, during French National Week. All French TAs, enrolled full-time in the MA or PhD program in French, are eligible for nominations.

            Christine Tomte 

German Graduate Scholar Endowed Funds
The German American Society of Tulsa Graduate Scholarship was established in the Foundation to accept funds from multiple donors to support graduate students who major in German in the Department at the University of Oklahoma.

            Elliot Holland