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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Honor Society and Awards

Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society

for study in a Classical or Modern Foreign Language

Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, was founded in 1922 at Allegheny College. The Beta Delta chapter was installed at Santa Clara University in 1982. The society recognizes remarkable ability and achievement in languages, literatures, and linguistics. It stimulates advanced work in these fields, fosters intercultural understanding, and promotes a spirit of amity between our own people and other peoples of the world.



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.

Award or prize:  $500 and a plaque

Senior specific: yes

Description: Established in 1986 by the family of the late Richard Rebello, a 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. Awards will be given in three language major categories: French, Italian, and Spanish

Minimum requirements for membership in Phi Sigma Iota
(effective September 1, 2008):
  • Declared Major or Minor in a classical or modern foreign language
  • Junior or Senior status
  • Completion of four (4) upper-division courses in a language by Winter quarter of nomination year
  • Minimum GPA of 3.50 in upper-division courses in the language
  • Overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be nominated by a faculty member of the language department (either Classics or Modern Languages)

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.

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. 

Award or Prize:  $250

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 German student who has completed intermediate German and studied in a German-speaking country.  Furthermore, it acknowledges the student's critical awareness of the diversity of these countries as well as her or his contributions to the promotion of German on and off campus.

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.

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.


2021 - coming soon

2020 - Gloria Sevilla