The James J. McGoldrick Scholarship for Excellence in German

The scholarship is named after Dr. James J. McGoldrick, who came to Canisius College in 1962. During his 39 years at the college, Dr. McGoldrick taught Russian (until 1970) and German language, culture and literature until he reached the status of professor emeritus at Canisius in 2001.

Dr. McGoldrick fostered German-American relations through his exemplary involvement and inspiration in the twinning of Buffalo and Dortmund, in 1977. Consequently, Dr. McGoldrick initiated an exchange between Buffalo and Dortmund high schools, and, in 1980, introduced a similar exchange agreement between Canisius College and the University at Dortmund: Here, once again, Dr. James J. McGoldrick had been the driving force “behind the scenes.” Soon thereafter, Dr. McGoldrick secured internship opportunities for Canisius’ German majors in Dortmund, Buffalo’s sister city. In the course of almost 40 years, innumerable German and American students from both cities took advantage of these unusual opportunities, helping to tie even more closely the excellent relationship, which continues to exist between the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany.

For all of his efforts in advancing the friendship between Germany and the United States of America, Dr. James J. McGoldrick was awarded the “German Federal Service Cross on a Sash” (or: "Bundesverdienstkreuz am Band”) in 1987 by Germany’s then-President, Dr. Richard von Weizsäcker.

The James J. McGoldrick Scholarship for Excellence in German provides a generous scholarship for students who have chosen German as their major or dual major. To be considered for this scholarship, declared German or dual German major students must maintain a minimum QPA of 3.75 in German during their first, their second and their third years at the college; and, must also remain in good academic standing overall.

This scholarship, which reduces a student’s tuition expense, starts during a student’s first year at the college and is bestowed upon her or him because of the student’s interest in the study of German, her or his documented success both in high school and beyond, as well as the student’s declared intent to make the knowledge of German the basis for a future career. (Other requirements, like letters of recommendation from high school teachers, etc. apply.) 

The Rev. Eugene P. Finnegan, SJ Scholarship

The scholarship is named after Father Eugene P. Finnegan, SJ, who came to Canisius in 1967 as an assistant professor of modern languages. For the following 19 years, he spent most of his time teaching German, the language he loved. He also served as chair of the Modern Language Department and was president of the Faculty Senate. He was the rector of the Jesuit Community from 1980 until his death in 1986. He moderated the German Club and was responsible for organizing the college’s annual German Christmas Mass. A beloved faculty member and friend, Father Finnegan is memorialized through this scholarship fund.

The Rev. Eugene P. Finnegan Scholarship provides a generous scholarship to students who have chosen German as their major or dual major. To be considered for this scholarship, declared German or German dual major students must maintain a minimum QPA in German during their freshman and sophomore years and beyond; they must also remain in good academic standing overall.

The scholarship goes toward and reduces a student’s tuition expense by the amount awarded. Generally, this academic merit scholarship starts during a student’s junior year; occasionally, however, it may be granted to an exceptional or uniquely dedicated student during his or her freshman or sophomore years.

The German Studies Educational Fund

Canisius College is widely referred to as the “German College of Buffalo.”  It was upon the request of Buffalo’s large and vibrant German-immigrant population that in 1870 Jesuits from Germany founded the college. They named the college after Peter Canisius, the Jesuit saint who restored Catholicism in Germany after the Reformation.

To this day, Canisius commemorates and celebrates its German heritage through offering a strong and varied program in German Language, Literature and Film. The program presents its students with the broadest exposure to language and culture, as well as to the arts and the political history of Germany. Learning German, however, and learning about Germany is not limited to classroom instruction: Together with their German professor, Canisius students regularly travel to Germany to increase their understanding and appreciation of what they learned in the classroom.  These travels, like the annual “Study Tour to UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in Germany,” make the Canisius experience a truly unique one – exploring at its very best!

Canisius College is proud of its German program; and it strives – together with its German students – to enrich it further. Canisius’ German Studies Program already distinguishes Canisius from every other college in the region, and in the future should rank even more prominently as the place to study German.

You can help in our endeavor to reach this goal and further enhance the opportunities for German students at Canisius College. To become the prime destination for the study of German, near and far, we need to provide students with a well-equipped library, state-of the-art technology, ever broader study abroad offerings, as well as financial incentives to come to Canisius.

The German Studies Educational Fund will help to further develop an advanced and visionary German Studies program at Canisius College, and will offer support to students who otherwise would not be able to participate in study tours to Germany and Europe.