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Semester Abroad in Tübingen: Arati Sharangpani Memorial Award
All students accepted for the semester abroad program in Tübingen will be provided up to $1,000 in funding from the Arati Sharangpani Memorial Award in the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures (GLL) towards the cost of their flight overseas. Additional Sharangpani Award scholarships up to $2,500 may be available, based on financial need and/or merit.
Students attending a Goethe Institut program (January/February) in conjunction with the Tübingen semester abroad will receive a Goethe Institut language scholarship based on the parameters that we have established for spring/summer Goethe Institut students.
Students must be German majors and plan to study in Tübingen during the winter term. Students are expected to complete a Baden-Württemberg scholarship application through CGIS. Those who receive the Baden-Württemberg scholarship and the DAAD scholarship are not eligible for additional scholarship funding available through GLL.
Students are expected to complete a Baden-Württemberg scholarship application through CGIS by mid-November. All students studying in Tübingen will be provided up to $1,000 in funding from the Sharangpani Memorial award towards the cost of their flight overseas. Additional scholarships up to $2,500 may be available, based on financial needs and/or merit. Students may apply for this scholarship by submitting the scholarship application by December 1. Students receiving a Baden-Württemberg or DAAD scholarship are not eligible for additional scholarship funding available through GLL.
After decisions about the Baden-Württemberg and DAAD scholarships have been announced, the Sharangpani Memorial award decisions will be made. We anticipate these decisions to be made by mid-December. GLL's executive committee determines annual scholarship recipients and amounts.
Arati Sharangpani was born in Baroda, India on March 3, 1975. Her name, which means "offering to God," befitted the happy baby girl who was a gift to those around her. When Arati was two years old, her family moved to Holland, Michigan, where she was raised. The middle sister of three, Arati was the most outgoing and was involved in many activities - from school band and tennis to local community theater. She spent her senior year of high school as an exchange student in Germany. The idealistic young woman who returned was awed and excited about how much larger her world had become, and she was full of ideas about how to "make it a better place."
Arati became a student at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 1993, where she pursued a double major in German and Organizational Studies. She also led a full and varied campus life beyond academics. She was a respected member of the Indian American Student Association, of which she was vice president in 1995 and 1996. In Mary Markley Hall, she served as an outstanding Resident Advisor for two years, as well as being a facilitator for the 21st Century Program. While being active at the University, Arati still found time to volunteer for local community
On January 9, 1997, Arati was offered a job in marketing with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. She perished in a plane crash returning from Ohio that same day. Arati's star shone too briefly, but the light it cast will continue to burn in the hearts and minds of those who knew her. In dedicating this award to her memory, it is hoped that Arati's life will serve to inspire others who will never have known her to act now to make a difference.
Academic Year in Freiburg: Valentine C. Hubbs Memorial Scholarship
Each student accepted for study in the Academic Year in Freiburg program will receive $1,000 in funding from the Hubbs Memorial Scholarship from the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures (GLL) to be applied towards the program fee (non- refundable scholarship). Additional scholarships up to $3,000 may be available, based on financial need and/or merit.
Students must plan to study in Freiburg during the academic year. Students receiving a Baden-Württemberg or DAAD scholarship are not eligible for additional scholarship funding available through GLL.
Students may apply for a GLL scholarship by submitting an application by February 1.
GLL’s executive committee determines annual scholarship recipients and amounts. Scholarship awards will be communicated by February 15.
The academic year in Freiburg scholarships are funded by an endowment created by his colleagues, family, alums and other friends in honor of Valentine C. Hubbs (1925-1985), who directed the Freiburg Program, and felt great affection for both the institution and the students who went abroad with him.The University's memorial of Professor Hubbs is reproduced below. We invite colleagues, alums, and friends to contribute their recollections of him for this website.The University's
Memorial to Valentine C. Hubbs
"On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1985, just two weeks before his sixtieth birthday, our esteemed colleague Charles Hubbs died in Ann Arbor after suffering a stroke. His colleagues and students in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures were stunned by the suddenness of his departure in the prime of life, carrying on to the last the multiple activities of a dedicated teacher, researcher and scholar, devoted husband, and avid sportsman.
Charles Hubbs graduated from Hofstra College in 1950 and completed his Ph.D. at New York University in 1959. In the same year he was appointed Instructor in our department, rising to the rank of Professor in 1971. He served as Chairman of the
department from 1970 to 1976, as well as on numerous committees throughout the College. His name is perhaps most closely tied to the University's Junior Year in Freiburg with which he has been associated uninterruptedly since 1966, and many hundreds of our alumni remember his helpful advice and his warm, gentle humor.
As a scholar and teacher, Charles represented the important era of German Romanticism, and numerous articles and editions bear witness to his life-long interest in that literary period. Another area of research that fascinated him was the history of Hessian troops in America, culminating in his book Hessian Journals, published in 1981, recently translated into Japanese. As editor of the journal Michigan Germanic Studies, he was admired for this painstaking attention to style as well as the collegial way in which he took on additional burdens voluntarily, such
as the co-chairmanship of the Martin Luther Quincentennial Conference in 1983, the proceedings of which have since been published. At the time of his death, he was working on a new volume on the German dramatist Heinrich von Kleist.
Charles Hubbs will be remembered as a gentle and devoted family man, a scholar of international standing, an efficient administrator, and popular teacher. He will be missed by his colleagues and his students."
Hans Fabian Endowment
The Hans Fabian Endowment was created in 2008 in the honor, now memory, of Hans Fabian, a professor at U-M’s German department and several-time RD of the Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) program. The drive for the endowment was launched when the 1968/69 AYF cohort reconvened with their then-time RD and his wife, Myra, forty years after their experience abroad. The fund supports activities of the students on the Freiburg exchange to the benefit all AYF students.