Through a generous gift, Wartburg College has established a scholarship for the children of German American National Congress members.

The nonprofit German American National Congress, or the Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress (DANK), was founded in 1959 to unite Americans of Germanic descent, while preserving their heritage and traditions on a local and national level. The $5,000 scholarship is available to first-year students whose parents are active members of the organization, which has 17 chapters in seven states.

“It is wonderful to share our German heritage through this partnership with DANK, which will provide students who have an interest in German heritage and language an opportunity to receive this scholarship,” said Todd Coleman, assistant vice president for admissions.

Wartburg College was founded by Lutheran pastors from Germany in 1852. A liberal arts college of the Lutheran church (ELCA), Wartburg is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning. The college is home to about 1,500 students from 34 U.S. states and 53 countries representing more than 20 Christian denominations and several other world religions.

To be considered for the award, a student must be accepted to the college, have filed their FAFSA, and have expressed interest in the DANK Scholarship by contacting the Admissions Office at