German Language & Culture Foundation Receives Richard Vinroot International Achievement Award
GLCF Chairman Kurt Waldthausen (center) with Anabel Buchenau (Assistant Professor, German Department UNC Charlotte - right) and Jillian Mourning (2010 UNC Charlotte Graduate)
The Charlotte International Cabinet under the leadership of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has selected the German Language & Culture Foundation (GLCF) to be recognized with the Richard Vinroot International Achievement Award for their efforts related to promoting international education/student exchanges.
With their annual "Jazz in the Village" events, the GLCF has been able to raise the funds to award over 200 scholarships exceeding the sum of $250,000 to students of locals high schools, colleges and universities to study in a German speaking country in Europe. The goal for the students is to improve their German language skills and to immerse them into the Austrian/German/Swiss culture through home hosted stays.
Enlarge image UNC Charlotte scholarship recipients with Anabel Buchenau (Assistant Professor, German Department UNC Charlotte) and GLCF Board Members (© GLCF) "While this certainly is a wonderful recognition of all our efforts, it also is an obligation for all of us to continue our efforts well in to the future," stated GLCF Chairman Kurt Waldthausen. "The need for what we do is great and the success visible, as the first scholarship recipients are now entering the workforce with companies from German speaking Europe and others."
The Richard Vinroot International Achievement Award is named after the former Charlotte Mayor, Richard Vinroot, (the first recipient of the Award in 1998) in recognition of his vision in creating the Mayor’s International Cabinet (now renamed: Charlotte International Cabinet). The award is the highest honor presented by the Charlotte Mayor to international oriented causes, individuals or organizations.