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  • Program Terms: Scholarship Cycle 1, Scholarship Cycle 2
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Program Description:
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The Gunda Sporer Oppenheimer Prize for French Studies Endowment


The Gunda Sporer Oppenheimer Prize for French Studies Endowment was created by Gunda Oppenheimer's family, friends, and colleagues to honor her legacy of hard work and her dedication to her students.
 Mrs. Gunda Sporer Oppenheimer was born on August 16, 1943, in German-occupied Czechoslovakia. During World War II, her family was forced to emigrate to Austria, to Germany, and finally to the south of France. Mrs. Oppenheimer came to the United States as a high school exchange student. After finishing high school in France, she returned to the United States. She received a B.S. in French Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1966 and a M.S. in Foreign Languages from George Mason University in 1993. She was a teacher of French and Spanish in the College of Arts and Sciences at George Mason University. The mother of four children, Mrs. Oppenheimer passed away on February 3, 2001.


Each Scholarship cycle, one recipient will be selected to receive the Gunda Sporer Oppenheimer Prize for French Studies Endowment valued at $1,000. The prize can only be spent to defray the costs of studying in France.


In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a rising junior or senior at George Mason University
  • Must have taken at least 9 credits in French at George Mason University
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application
  • Must be accepted to a Global Education Office (GEO) study abroad program in France for at least one semester

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must electronically submit the following items through their MasonAbroad application:
  1. One Letter of Recommendation
  2. An unofficial Mason transcript
  3. 500-1000 word cover letter that:
    • Introduces yourself and the French studies program you will participate in
    • Describes how this experience will strengthen your personal, academic, and career goals

Recipient Activities

Upon return from France, scholarship recipients will submit either a photo album or a 3-minute video (in French) depicting their cultural and linguistic experience from time abroad. All recipients must participate in one of the promotional events for study abroad programs in France during the following year.

Global Education Office (GEO) Scholarship Policy and Requirements

In addition to the Oppenheimer Prize, you are invited to apply for all of the Global Education Office (GEO) scholarships for which you qualify. The Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to assisting as many students as possible. Therefore, we reserve the right to give priority to first time recipients of any award.

For more information, contact

Dr. Vincent Chanethom
Assistant Professor, French Studies
Aquia Building 318

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Scholarship Cycle 1 2020 10/17/2019 12/01/2019 TBA TBA