The Zirger Scholarship is a $1,500 scholarship established in memory of Mrs. Alice M. Zirger. The scholarship was established with a gift from the Zirger family to encourage study in the area of East Asia. The scholarship is awarded to a female student in Asian Studies (East Asian Languages and Literatures majors or minors) each year. Applications are invited from female students (preferably non-traditional) who have above-average academic records. The student must also be completing or have completed second-year Chinese or Japanese, or have tested out of the language requirement.

The following items constitute the application:

  • A current official transcript from the UF registrar’s office (not printed from ISIS).  (Original + 4 Copies)
  •  Two (2) letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member outside Asian Studies (please ask your recommender to put the original + 4 copies in a sealed envelope, signed across the back flap)

*NOTE: All students requesting recommendation letters must complete and provide a copy to the recommenders of the UF waiver form. You can find the form at

  • A 2-3 page typed, double-spaced essay stating the candidate’s reasons for pursuing a major/minor in East Asian Studies and how the student intends to use the scholarship. (Original + 4 Copies)

The deadline for the application is Monday, February 25, 2019  by 4:00pm. Please include your email address in your application – notification of selection will be by e-mail. The successful applicant will be expected to attend a reception in her honor at the end of the spring semester (TBA).

Please submit all application materials (hard copies) to Delores Tillman, Academic Assistant II, in the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department (LLC), 301 Pugh Hall, PO Box 115565, Gainesville, FL 32611. Present all of your application materials in a large manila envelope labeled with your first and last name on the front as well as your e-mail address.

For further information, please contact Prof. Elinore Fresh, 356 Pugh Hall, (352-273-2957), or by email at: