CSULB Student Yanalte De Haro Receives Scholarship from German Academic Exchange Service

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Scholarship Recipient Yanalte De Haro

Yanalte De Haro, a double major in German studies and studio art at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has been awarded an undergraduate scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to more than 50,000 individuals a year. DAAD also represents the country’s higher education system abroad, promoting Germany as an academic and research destination and helping to build ties between institutions around the world.

“I am very excited to have received the DAAD scholarship because without it I would not be able to live out my dreams of studying abroad,” said De Haro, who plans to graduate from CSULB with her bachelor of arts degrees in spring 2013. “Ever since I first learned that I could study in another country I have been determined to make it happen. I am very thankful to the DAAD for selecting me as a recipient.”

The Undergraduate Scholarship program is aimed at students who want to spend part of their third or fourth year of college in Germany. The grantees stay anywhere from a semester to a full academic year to study, perform an internship or conduct a senior thesis.

De Haro will spend the 2011-12 academic year in Germany but will divide up her study abroad experience between two different institutions. During the first semester, she will study German at the University of Tübingen and, during her second semester, she will transfer to the Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart to study her other major, studio art.

She leaves for Germany on Aug. 31 and expects to return in July 2012.

De Haro believes one reason for her selection as a DAAD recipient was her project proposal. “It was very specific about what I wanted to do and learn while I was in Germany,” she said. “I explained my reasons for learning German and my desire to immerse myself in another culture and learn about the art there. I think it helped that I had a good GPA and was active in clubs on campus like Campus Scouts.”

De Haro first heard about the DAAD scholarship from her Hogan High School German teacher, Andrea Marek. “I remember looking at the guidelines and thinking I would never get this scholarship. It seemed too good, to be true,” she explained. “Then my undergraduate German advisor at CSULB, Nele Hempel-Lamer, told me about the scholarship and encouraged me to apply. She said I had a good GPA and a good chance of getting it. While I wasn’t as confident as she was, I decided to apply and, with her guidance, along with the help from Sophia Clark at the CSULB Study Abroad Office and my friend, Sierra Patheal, I was able to write a project proposal worthy of selection.”

De Haro also was offered the prestigious Gilman International Scholarship but declined it and went with the DAAD.

“It was a tough choice to make (because) they are both outstanding scholarships,” she explained. “I decided to accept the DAAD because, not only did it offer me more funding for my year abroad, it is also a scholarship specifically for students who want to study in Germany. Because of that, they also offered me more resources like advising and health insurance in Germany and free online German courses to improve my German.”

After graduation in 2013, De Haro looks forward to travel and volunteer work abroad with thoughts of joining the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps.

DAAD was founded in 1925 by the German student Carl Joachim Friedrich who obtained 13 fellowships from the Institute of International Education for Germans in the social sciences to study in the United States. From these early beginnings, and with a re-founding of the organization after World War II, DAAD currently awards more than 65,000 fellowships a year and is the largest grantor of international academic mobility support in the world.

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