Roma Hoff Scholarship

Departments: Languages Categories: Spanish | Study Abroad
Amount A variable number of awards up to $2,000. Total amount available is $2,000.
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria Available to Spanish majors or minors who have spent one semester at the Universidad de Valladolid. The student should have 90 credits of course work completed, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and GPA in Spanish courses of 3.50.
Application Procedure Application forms are available in the Department of Foreign Languages. Also required is letter of recommendation from one faculty member outside the Department of Foreign Languages, and a biographical essay of 3-5 pages in Spanish, which describes the value of the Valladolid or Oviedo experience, campus activities, and the student's plans for the future.
Application Deadline First Tuesday in March.
Selection Procedure Two Spanish faculty members and a representative of the Hoff family, who is also a teacher of Spanish, will review the applications and interview the applicants. This committee's decision will be forwarded to the department chair for transmittal to Financial Aid and the Foundation. This scholarship award will be applied to the recipient's UW-Eau Claire tuition in the next academic term.
Selection Deadline May 1
Notification Recipients will be notified by letter, and the chair will submit a Scholarship Award Form to the Financial Aid office.
Special Notes

Dr. Roma Hoff joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1965, and became an honorary Blugold in 2001.

In 1985 the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers named her the state's Distinguished Foreign Language Educator. In 1988 she received the American Council of Teaching of Foreign Language Textbook Award for Building Community Interest in Foreign Language Education. She was the 1990 awardee of the AATSP award. In 1991 she was named recipient of the Founder's Award by the Central States Conference on Foreign Languages. In 1993 alumni chose her to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award.

During her tenure, Dr. Hoff guided 22 international travel seminars and directed two summer graduate Spanish Institutes. She was the cultural advisor for five groups of Central American Programs for Undergraduate Scholars. She was known for her innovative teaching methods and was greatly beloved by students and alumni. Dr. Hoff retired in 1996.

For forty years Dr.'s Roma and Don Hoff have been very active with the Concordia Language villages in Bemidji, MN, where the Spanish Village kitchen is named for Don, and the entrance road is named for Roma. They are longtime members of the national advisory board. Both are famous for their warm, gracious hospitality and they've entertained many international students and their families in their home.

Thank You The recipients should send a letter of appreciation to Dr. Roma Hoff in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.