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Helping · Giving · Growing

An American charity with the German spirit of community support.

"Liebe und Freundschaft ist ihr Name"

Love and friendship is our name - from the first song sung by Germania Männerchor in February, 1900.

An Indiana 501(c)3 Tax Deductible Corporation


Southern Indiana is rich in its German tradition and heritage. The Germania Männerchor celebrates these traditions throughout the year, but especially during Volksfest, the people's celebration. Generations of friends and families have gathered to enjoy the music and food of Volksfest.

The Germania Männerchor Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit entity, was formed to provide support to our Southern Indiana communities through student scholarships, education of German history and ancestry, children's programs and German music education. Support of exchange programs and immersion studies are also included.


The Germania Foundation awarded its 2021 scholarship to Max Dezember, a Mater Dei graduate, on June 21, 2021.

Max is using the $1,500 scholarship to attend Murray State University where he plans to major in German and eventually become an ambassador.

Congratulations, Max!

Scholarship Recipients


Elizabeth Farmer

Harrison High School


Corey Beth Welcher

North High School


Daniel D. King

Reitz High School


Logan Ann Meneely

Memorial High School


Samantha Jo Ennis

Harrison High School


Lauren Perigo

Reitz High School


Brock R Minton

Signature School


Lisa Yanagida

Harrison High School

Scholarship Program

The primary mission of the Foundation is to provide scholarship assistance to deserving high school students. Eligible college bound high school seniors, who will major or minor in German, may submit an application. A review committee will assess and rank applicants, with the highest ranking student being awarded funds to assist with their education.

The Germania scholarship program was started in 2003 by Mr. Harold Griese. Through his years of dedication to this project, sixteen scholarships totaling nearly $25,000 have been awarded to these deserving students.

We Need Your Help

In order to continue our tradition of support for our southern Indiana communities, we encourage you to donate to the Foundation. Please consider making a quarterly or annual donation to support our on-going programs and events. Donations can be made online, through the website, or sent via check to:

Germania Männerchor Foundation, INC.

916 Fulton Ave,

Evansville, IN 47710

The Foundation hosts several fundraisers throughout the year, including an annual golf outing, where corporate and hole sponsors are needed, our Christkindlmarkt with handmade items by local artisans, a corn-hole tournament and other events.

Please check our website for event details or call (812) 422-1915 for more information. Multiple volunteer opportunities are available through the Männerchor and Foundation; please call the office to sign up!

Scholarship Recipients


Ethan Lehmann

Reitz High School


Brittany Hoover

North High School


Erin E. Graninger

Harrison High School


Zoe J. Meuth

Reitz High School


Kelsey Odom

Central High School


Ryan Jassim

Signature School


Conner Killian

Central High School


Max Dezember

Mater Dei High School

Bavarian Town

Foundation Management

The Foundation is managed by officers, an Executive Committee, and directors.


The Executive committee consists of Harold Griese, Leslie Goth, Tracey Hudson, Jim Sheu, Abby Whicker, and Mike Whicker.


Mike Forcum is the Treasurer.

Directors include Jody Wassmer, Jim Scheu, Savannah Wood, Tracey Hudson, Mike Forcum, Jeff Holden, Dave Wire, and Jim Brinkmeyer.

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