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We invite you to explore ways to get involved. There are multiple opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students.


Share Your Expertise

We welcome alumni to speak with students and faculty about their work. From globalization to community impact, we host presentations to inform our students about a variety of industries. We want to encourage them to take action in the world around them. If you wish to volunteer to speak to a class or provide a lecture, please contact Department Chair, Janell Watson. (

We encourage students to engage in hands-on learning that supports their curriculum.  Contact us if you are willing to sponsor an internship, supervise research, host service learning projects, or study abroad opportunities. (Contact Department Chair, Janell Watson,

Share Your Wealth

Our students benefit from gifts and support from alumni and friends who invest in expanding opportunities. These include endowed scholarships, a program excellence endowed fund, and an endowed lecture. Gifts are made in two categories: annual or major. 

Annual gifts of any size demonstrate your recognition of the value of your degree and your desire to see the program thrive. Please designate your annual gifts to the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

Individual Scholarships

The Department also has a number of scholarship funds to which you can contribute. Please list the name of the scholarship in the "Other designation" field of the online form:

  • Jamie Bishop Scholarship - for German majors
  • Jocelyne Couture-Nowak Scholarship - for French majors
  • Megan Christenson Scholarship- for French majors
  • Galen Richard Kline Scholarship - for study abroad in France



  • Examples of larger-scale giving
  • Classics
    Contributions to the Classics program support activities such as the annual Hummel Lecture series.
  • Modern Greek
    The Hellenic Society Paideia supports the teaching of modern Greek at Virginia Tech.
  • Japanese
    John Lanier, President & CFO of Coastal Administrative Service, and his wife Mihoko Lanier generously contributed funds to host an annual Japanese Film Festival at the Lyric Theater and to promote Japanese culture.

If you wish to make a major gift, please contact Michael Webb, the college’s assistant dean for advancement, at 540-231-8014 or