GAHF Domestic Study Scholarships

July 1, 2025
Awards Available: 2

Scholarship Description

The German-American Heritage Foundation is seeking qualified applicants for two Domestic Study Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 to be awarded in August. These scholarships are designed to defray the tuition, fees, or other costs of attending a U.S.-accredited college or university. Students majoring or minoring in German have preference in consideration for funding, but we welcome all majors and academic disciplines.


  • Current full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student in a U.S.-accredited institution of higher education or high school senior having been accepted into an institution of higher education
  • College GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0, or the equivalent. If applying directly out of high school, a minimum (unweighted) GPA of 3.7 is required
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status
  • Evidence of German, Austrian, or Swiss-German ancestry, defined as the student having at least one ancestor who immigrated to the United States from Germany, Austria, or Switzerland
  • An active GAHF Member in good standing at any membership level. Students may use their parent’s, guardian’s or other family member’s GAHF membership for this purpose. Candidates can join here as needed


Applications are being accepted starting May 10th. The submission deadline is July 1st, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. To apply, please submit the following information/documents via e-mail:

  1. Basic demographic information (name, address, e-mail, phone number, college/university attending)
  2. Current transcript
  3. Evidence of citizenship status
  4. Two letters of recommendation from non-family members, i.e. professors, teachers or others who know your academic or civic engagement well
  5. A one-page essay (maximum) detailing prior experience with German language and/or culture, reason for particular course of study, why scholarship funds are essential for study, or similar

If claiming existing German language ability, teacher, professor, or similar must verify proficiency level of applicant (e.g. level B1/B2 on the CEFR – Common European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages scale) If available, name of and relationship to German, Austrian, or Swiss-German ancestor who immigrated and name of GAHF member and relationship, if scholarship applicant is not a member. Briefly, tell us how you heard about this opportunity.

Selected candidates may be invited to a Zoom interview. We currently plan to announce awardees on August 2nd. Thank you for your interest in the GAHF Scholarship Program, and we look forward to receiving your application. Scholarship Search