Thanks to alumni and friends of the Junior Year in Munich Program, we're able to provide approximately $65,000 in annual scholarships! Due to the provisions of our scholarship funds, nearly all awards are for students in the full-year program.

How to apply

Scholarships are applied for through the program application. Award decisions are not made until after the application deadline and generally range from $2000 to $4000.

Junior Year in Munich Application

General scholarships

Gilman Scholarship

Students receiving Pell Grants should consider applying for a Gilman Scholarship (up to $5000).

Deadline: Early January (second-semester-only students).

Fund for Education Abroad

This fund offers scholarships up to $10,000 each. Applicants are automatically considered for ten additional scholarships.

Deadline: Early January.

Delta Phi Alpha

Also known as the National German Honorary Society, Delta Phi Alpha offers several scholarships to members of active chapters.

Deadlines: March 15 and Nov 15.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi awards seventy-five $1,000 grants annually.

Deadline: March 15.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation's Scholarship

The foundation supports undergraduate college/university Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts who plan to study abroad, irrespective of major/minor. See "Scholarship to STUDY ABROAD" section.

Golden Key International Honour Society

Golden Key awards $1M in scholarships annually for Golden Key members.

Deadline: Early April.

Overseas Press Club Foundation

This foundation awards sixteen scholarships/fellowships to students who aspire to become foreign correspondents.
Deadline: Dec. 1.

Annual JYM scholarships

Junior Year in Munich Scholarship

Our general scholarship fund which we need to replenish each year.

Timothy Dolan Memorial Scholarship Fund

Timothy Dolan (1959-2001) had a passion for all of life's experiences, large and small. As the first person granted a leave of absence from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to participate in a foreign study program, his drive to excel and inspire others was contagious.

An extremely upbeat person who led by example, Tim is remembered by the JYM class of 1980/81 as someone who would take on the biggest guy on an opposing rugby team just to experience the joy of victory or the agony of defeat. Always planning group activities and trips, he was able to bring people together at the last minute to jump on a train for a weekend trip or go skinnydipping in the Eisbach under a full moon the last evening of JYM before everyone went home.

The enthusiasm with which Tim embraced life taught others to discover in even the smallest event an occasion for their own personal growth. He reminds us never to forget that it's often those small memorable moments that really make life enjoyable, interesting and worthwhile.

Ron Strube Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ron Strube (1957-1992) spent his early life in Riverton, Wyoming. He was an eagle scout, member of the Presbyterian Church and active in the 4-H Club. Ron was also involved in student government in high school and was a skilled member of the debate team in both high school and at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where he completed his B.A. after spending his junior year in Munich in 1978-79. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Denver with his J.D. in 1982 and remained in the city, where he practiced law, specializing in divorce. Thanks to the initiative of his friends Nan Hussey and Alan Lareau from the JYM class of 1978-79, an annual scholarship within JYM in Ron's memory was created in November 2014.

Ron had a large group of friends and was active in GLB associations. Ron confronted and overcame many obstacles in his life. Growing up on a ranch in generally conservative Wyoming was no easy childhood for this (eventual) gay urban lawyer. Coming of age before the existence of AIDS was widely known outside certain parts of the medical community was also difficult. Before succumbing himself, Ron had lost many friends to this terrible disease. What Ron never lost was the wry, even sarcastic, edge to his sense of humor and the ability to see through people's rationalizations two attributes of his personality that were cherished by his friends and that also served him well as a lawyer.

Edwin Stone Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Edwin Stone, class of 1991-92.

Endowed JYM scholarship funds

Dr. Marianne Riegler Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dr. Marianne Riegler's career with the Junior Year in Munich Program began in 1955 when she was first hired as an instructor and would ultimately span four decades. As resident director of JYM from 1960-94, thousands of students gained from her unwavering dedication to JYM and the lifelong benefits of studying abroad. On the occasion of JYM's 50th anniversary in 2003, Dr. Riegler was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wayne State University during a ceremony at LMU Munich.

Thanks to the initiative of the JYM class of 1968-69, the Dr. Marianne Riegler Endowed Scholarship Fund was created in 2006. Your continued support will allow this endowment to grow over time and benefit future generations of JYM students. View Dr. Marianne Riegler virtual memorial.

Howard Adler Endowed Scholarship

This fund was established by Mr. Adler (class of 1971-72) to recognize scholastic achievement, encourage continued progress and provide assistance to students by financing their participation in the Junior Year in Munich Program. "My JYM year of 1971-1972 was one of the most incredible and best years of my life in so many ways. I want to give others the opportunity to experience this and hopefully this scholarship fund will help."

Professor Marvin S. Schindler Endowed Junior Year in Munich Scholarship Fund

Marvin Samuel Schindler (1932-2003) earned his bachelor's in Germanic languages and literatures at the University of Massachusetts and was awarded his master's and doctoral degrees in Germanic languages and literatures from The Ohio State University. He was chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Northern Illinois University (1971-74) and chair of the Department of Romance and Germanic Languages and Literatures at Wayne State University (1974-83). He retired in 1994 after twenty years of dedicated service to Wayne State University and its students.

Marvin Schindler was also director of Wayne State's Junior Year in Germany (Freiburg and Munich) programs from 1975 to 1993. He served twice as resident director of the Junior Year in Freiburg program (1983-84 and 1987-88). The Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg honored him with the university's silver medallion and designation of university senator. In 1987, he earned the highest award given to a civilian by the Federal Republic of Germany: Das Verdienstkreuz, erster Klasse (the medal of honor, first class).

"I am so grateful for my almost 29 years of marriage to Marvin," says Roslyn Abt Schindler. "He had a keen intellect, a brilliant wit, and a wonderful sense of humor. He had a huge heart and a winning smile. A kind and generous man, Marvin was a champion of peace, social justice, the arts and education. He had a fierce commitment to foreign language and culture education, and in particular, the junior year abroad experience. Our very happiest memories as a family were in Germany, especially Freiburg, where he was resident director twice. He was absolutely devoted to the Junior Year in Germany programs, at that time both in Freiburg and in Munich. They were the joy and passion of his professional career. I wanted to do something very special in his memory on the occasion of his 75th birthday on January 2, 2007. The Marvin S. Schindler Endowed Scholarship Fund is the most appropriate way that I can honor him and I am so grateful to those who have already contributed to the fund in Marvin's memory. It truly warms my heart and I know it would Marvin's as well to know that future generations of JYM students will benefit from the fund and that Marvin's name and contributions will live on." – Professor Roslyn Schindler

Susan Henricksen Thompson and Robert Ward Thompson Endowed Scholarship 

Both Susan and Robert Thompson attended college junior year study abroad programs in Europe in the late 1970s. Susan was a participant in the Junior Year in Munich Program (class of 1975-76), both as a student and upon graduation, as an assistant to its Munich-based resident director, Dr. Marianne Riegler. Bob participated in his own college's overseas study program, which was affiliated with the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. This scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring or minoring in a foreign language and who demonstrate both scholastic merit and enthusiasm for studying abroad.