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The 2023 application deadline is open until February 1, 2023!

Apply to CASH

The Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub (CASH) is where current OU students can apply for all merit and financial need-based OU scholarships. The link to CASH for the next academic year is open Oct. 1, 2022 and this year closes on Feb. 1, 2023 for MLLL scholarships.

College-wide scholarships, departmental scholarships, financial aid scholarships, Sooner Parents scholarships, and campus awards will all be housed through the online system. Undergraduate, graduate, liberal studies, international, and study abroad populations are encouraged to access the system to apply for scholarships. 

To apply, follow this link to the CASH homepage or click on the button below.


Requirements for all scholarships:
  1. A minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.
  2. Copy of college transcripts.
  3. Application letter describing your academic goals and achievements, in English. One page max please. Where relevant, please address specific eligibility requirements.
  4. One letter of recommendation. One page max please. 

Note: Please ensure your recommender includes an email address and phone number.

For more information on scholarships please email  For more information on financial aid offered in campus, please contact The Office of Financial Aid Services.

MLLL Scholarships

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.

See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.  

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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. 

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022

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.

    See Past winners: 2020 2021 2022