Dr. Jonathan Clark recognized for his commitment to youth and student exchange.
Dr. Jonathan Clark, associate professor of German, was honored in Stuttgart, Germany, on May 11 by the Verband der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Clubs e.V. (Federation of German-American Clubs) for his “outstanding commitment to youth and student exchange.” The citation reads in part: “This award is in recognition of your outstanding service and dedication in furthering understanding, cooperation and friendship between Germans and Americans … and your personal interest toward improving German-American relations.”
The federation is committed to fostering cultural exchange and cooperation between the U.S. and Germany. Since its beginnings in 1957, the student exchange has given some 2,000 young Americans and Germans the chance to participate in academic exchange. Annually, about 25 German students come to the U.S., while about 25 American students go to Germany. Nineteen American and 22 German universities participate in the program. The VDAC Alumni e.V. also gives the returnees a network and the chance to get involved even after their exchange has ended.
Concordia College is honored to participate in this scholarship program along with Dartmouth, Oberlin, Bowling Green, the University of Washington and Rice University among others. Since coming to Concordia in 1994, Clark has overseen the placement of more than 27 Cobbers through the federation. Because of the reputation of Concordia’s program and the reputation the students have built, Concordia is often selected for an additional scholarship in a given academic year.