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George Valenta Scholarship

George J. Valenta, Jr., a University of Michigan alumnus (1955 BA in German, minors in French and Russian), has graciously established a scholarship to benefit students who live in the Max Kade German Residence and place a strong academic emphasis on German Studies.


The scholarship consists of a financial award of $1,500 for the academic year.


All junior or seniors (at time of application submission) who live in the Max Kade German Residence during Academic Year 2016/2017 are eligible to apply.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Application Submission

Applicants must submit the following materials to Annie Varner at

  • Personal statement (in English) describing why the student deems her/himself a good candidate.
  • A resume (in English) highlighting past experiences or encounters with German and Germany (classes, work experience, etc.)
  • Copy of academic transcript (unofficial U-M transcript)

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by Vicki Dischler and undergraduate advisor Kalli Federhofer.

The recipient of the award will be notified by Thursday, December 1, 2016. Mr. Valenta enjoys meeting the scholarship recipient. A luncheon will be organized for the recipient, Mr. Valenta, and a German department faculty member during the winter semester.

Donor Information

In 1951 George Valenta came to the University of Michigan as a Regents Alumni Scholarship recipient. Discovering his aptitude and passion for language, he received a Bachelors in German, with a double minor in Russian and French. Even as an undergraduate, George was grateful for the scholarship that gave him the financial support to study at the University of Michigan, and planned to reciprocate when he could.

He spent his first post-graduate year at the University of Potiers in France where he studied German via French. During frequent trips to Mexico and South America he has also acquired fluency in Spanish.

Upon earning a Master of Science in 1960, Valenta worked as a speech pathologist/audiologist in Grosse Pointe Farms for 30 years before he retired in order to pursue his interests in theater and the arts. Since that time he has been involved with a number of theater groups, namely the Michigan Classical Repertory Theater (MCRT), Ann Arbor Civic Theater, and the Comic Opera Guild. Valenta appeared in a rare North American fully staged production of Minna von Barnhelm with MCRT.

He created and hosted more than 200 Hatha Yoga programs that continue to air on CTN cable channel 17 each Tuesday and Wednesday. He also volunteers at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, local Senior Centers, and continues to teach Hatha Yoga at Washtenaw Community College each semester.