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Purpose: The fund is maintained to assist a declared JCU German minor, or a declared French or Spanish major with the financing of his/her summer, semester, or year abroad in order to deepen and broaden his/her linguistic and cultural background. Such use of the fund is most representative of Dr. Fabien’s humanistic and cosmopolitan educational ideal and a worthy monument to his contributions to the education of countless JCU graduates. The grant is offered every academic year.

Rene Fabien

Dr. René Fabien and his great grandson, Andreas, June 3, 1990

Contributors: In the early 1990s, friends and alumnae/alumni of Dr. Fabien, and of the German Section of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, contributed these funds to be applied exclusively to further the educational goal of a JCU German language major. Today, the Fabien scholarship is open to minors in German. It has also been made available to majors in French and/or Spanish.

Special Announcement:

Due to the uncertainty surrounding international travel, the Fabien selection committee has decided not to award funds in Spring 2020. As the current global situation changes, we will re-examine travel opportunities during the fall semester and decide whether to open applications for travel in Spring 2021 and beyond.


Scholarship Award: One or two scholarships will be awarded each spring, with the amounts to be determined by the Selection Committee.

2019 Fabien Scholarship Application

Past Fabien Scholarship Recipients

The Selection Committee