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Germanistic Society of America

Founded in 1908 as a German American membership club the Germanistic Society of America organized the first Quadrille Ball in 1961 as a charity and fundraising event for student exchange. Young people from all corners of the world dance the formal Quadrille after many weeks of practice.

It is very much an international event for an international cause and friendship among nations. The proceeds from the Ball have now surpassed three million dollars, which have supported two hundred and forty outstanding American and German graduate and undergraduate students with year-long or summer stipends. The Board of Directors of the Germanistic Society works with the Institute of International Education and Columbia University in selecting the students and distributing the awards.

The German Fulbright Organization and the Max Kade Foundation have funded the students' travel expenses. Selection of the students for the following academic year takes place in early  spring. The Quadrille Ball is held in January of each year. A summer fundraising event is held in June.

For information contact:
- Irmintraud Jost,
- Heide Jost , Ball Committe Members
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