Stephen W. Keller Memorial Scholarship
The Stephen W. Keller Memorial Scholarship serves to honor Stephen W. Keller, Davidson ‘94 and his contribution to international understanding and friendship, especially between the points of Davidson College, Germany and Greece.
Accordingly the scholarship is a grant that must be used to support a student’s in-depth engagement with German or Greek culture, language, and life.
- Participate in a German or Classics Abroad Program: The recipient must participate for a semester or a year in a Davidson-approved Classics Abroad program or in a Davidson-approved JYA (Junior Year Abroad) Germany program, or in another group or independent program normally in Germany or Greece or elsewhere in the classical world that is similar in experience, scope, and spirit to one of these Davidson programs.
- Undertake At Least One Additional Month of Independent Experiential Study: The recipient must use the grant to undertake at least a month of independent experiential study, travel, and engagement with local culture in Greece or Germany beyond the scheduled semester or two-semester academic program (in Greece, this month would normally follow the Classics Abroad semester in May and June; for JYA Germany, this month would normally take place during the March-April semester break); different programs with different calendars are acceptable pending approval.
- Connect with the Keller Family: The recipient must correspond with the Keller family (Stephen Keller’s widow Elena, and their children George and Kate; and with Stephen’s parents) before and after the scholarship period.
- Agree In a Spirit of Commitment to Mutual Understanding and Engagement: The recipient must accept the grant award only in a spirit of commitment to mutual international understanding and engagement between Davidson College and the wider world, such as that which was embodied by Stephen Keller in his life.
Students already accepted to an approved study abroad program will be offered the opportunity to apply. The application consists of two parts.
- The first part is the applicant’s already-extant study abroad application for the program (for Germany or Classics Abroad): this will be on file in the Dean Rusk offices and contains the normal information forms, transcript, letters of recommendation from faculty, and whatever essays are required by the specific study abroad program.
- The second part is a single essay specifically addressing the aims and spirit of the Keller Scholarship. The essay takes the form of a letter addressed to the Keller family and should include something about the applicant’s own biography, the applicant’s aims for studying abroad in Germany and/or Greece, and about the applicant’s ideas about life-long engagement with foreign cultures. The successful applicant's letter will be sent to the Keller family.
Send the application letter and a statement outlining your study abroad plans and program dates; note the times you plan to make use of the Keller Scholarship (at least four weeks total).
|March 15 for students students studying abroad fall semester||
Nov. 15 for students studying abroad spring semester
|March 15 (or a rolling deadline for exceptional cases when students are abroad on credit-granting programs)|
Something my host mom in Berlin said to me. . .stuck with me throughout my travels. . . She said, 'Ich glaube, du bist unsicher. Aber du hast es schon verdient. Du hast mehr Mut, als du denkst. Du darfst nicht im Zweifel sein.' My host mom was trying to tell me that I should refuse to doubt myself. . .I learned that there is no room for worry when you have places to see and cultures to dive into.