Department ofModern Languages and Literatures


The following honors and awards are given out based on nominations from the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Students cannot apply for these awards.

Richard F. Rebello Phi Sigma Iota Award
Award or prize:  $200 and a plaque
Senior specific: yes
Description: Established in 1986 by the family of the late Richard Rebello, longtime University staff member, these awards are given by the Modern Languages Department to senior language majors for outstanding accomplishments in the study of a foreign language and culture.

Celeste Fritchle Award
Award: $150 and a plaque
Senior specific:  Yes
Description: Established in 2003 by the friends and family of the late Celeste Fritchle, a longtime University staff member, this award is given by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to a senior student with a declared major in Modern Languages and Literatures who has excelled in the study of more than one foreign language.

Pancrazio and Giulia Infantino Italian Studies Award
Award or Prize: $125 and a Plaque
Senior specific: Senior only
Description:  The purpose of the Pancrazio Infantino Italian Award is to cultivate and encourage the pursuit of the Italian language and culture at Santa Clara University. In allocating funds for this award, preference will be given to students who have an understanding of the experiences, values, and traditions of Italian culture, primarily demonstrated by a declared major in Italian, but also with respect to participation in Italian cultural programs, such as Casa Italiana or an Italian immersion experience. 

Geoff & Josie Fox German Award
Award or Prize:  $500 and a Plaque
Senior specific: yes
Description:  The Geoff & Josie Fox German Studies Award recognizes excellent overall achievement in the study of German. It is given to an outstanding graduating German major who has demonstrated throughout his or her study an understanding of the experience, values, and traditions of German-speaking countries and has contributed to the promotion of German on and off campus.

French & Francophone Studies Prize  
Award or Prize:  $100 and a Certifcate of Acheivement 
Senior specific: yes
Description: Award will be given to a graduating senior with a declared major in French & Francophone Studies, who has shown academic excellence in the study of French and Francophone language, literature, and culture.

Francisco Jiménez Scholar Prize
Awarded to:  Junior (rising Senior)
Description:  This award recognizes outstanding accomplishment by a rising senior, first-generation student who represents Prof. Jiménez’s indefatigable passion for learning and compassion for others.  A preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in Modern Languages, Ethnic Studies, or Latin American Studies with future plans to become a teacher, writer, or scholar.