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    Spanish Awards and Honors

    Hamline's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish Honor Society, initiates new members each year.

    The purposes of this national society are:

    1. To honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and the culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples;
    2. To honor those who strive to make the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known to the English-speaking peoples;
    3. To encourage college and university students acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; and
    4. To foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech. 

    To be eligible, you need not be a Spanish major or minor; however, you must fulfill the following requirements:  

    1. Have a  Spanish GPA of 3.00 or above;
    2. Have an overall GPA (including Spanish) of 2.75 or above;
    3. Be a junior or senior;
    4. Have completed at least 3 courses in Spanish, at least 1 of which must be a literature or culture.

    The cost of membership is $25, of which the Modern Languages department pays $15. As a new member you will receive a Sigma Delta Pi pin, a membership card, and a certificate of membership usually presented at a special ceremony in Spring.

    If you are interested in qualifying for initiation into Sigma Delta Pi, please fill out the application form (see link). Return it, along with your payment of $10, to Prof. María Jesús Leal (GLC 236W). If paying by check, make it out to "María Jesús Leal."

    Complete the Sigma Delta Pi application.

    Prizes

    THE PACKARD/YOUNOSZAI ENDOWMENT is awarded to those students who are Spanish prospective teachers. This scholarship honors Robert P. Packard, graduated from Hamline University, for his many accomplishments and awards as a teacher, civic leader, and generous donor, as well as Barbara Younoszai for her 40 years of dedication to Hamline students as professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies,

    THE ELIZA A. DREW PRIZE is awarded to those students who achieve excellence in their language study at Hamline University and who have demonstrated a sincere interest in the Spanish language and Latino world.

    THE  ARTHUR TIENKEN AWARD in memory of our beloved former professor and colleague goes to a student who excels in the Spanish major by means of outstanding scholarship, advanced proficiency in Spanish and an understanding of cultural differences.

    THE KARL VAN D’ELDEN AWARD was established in honor of Hamline’s former German professor and goes to a student who has excelled in any language major and written a work of particular merit in a departmental course.

    THE DONALD B. RICE SCHOLARSHIP, recently established in memory of an honored French colleague, recognizes a sophomore or junior language major or minor who best demonstrates a passion for learning and a commitment to the in-depth study of literature or culture.