Scholarships and Awards

Macaws on Mayan Ruins in Honduras
 Day of the Dead skull and flowers
 Brazil skyline
 Machu Picchu

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to announce the following awards and scholarships:

Scholarship Criteria Eligiblity
The Glenn Barr Scholarship
  • Spanish Major
  • Academic merit
Junior or Senior Class Standing
The Irvin Essay Awards
  • Best essay (majors or minors)
Any Undergraduate Class Standing
The Robert Newman Memorial Award
  • Outstanding undergraduate
Senior Class Standing
The Timothy J. Rogers Memorial Scholarship
  • Academic merit
  • Spanish Major
  • Study abroad in Spain during the semester he/she receives the scholarship
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Class Standing
The Washington Vázquez Scholarship
  • Spanish Major
  • Full semester study abroad program (any country)
Any Undergraduate Class Standing
The Willis Knapp Jones Award
  • Spanish Major
  • Study abroad related expenses
Any Undergraduate Class Standing

The Glenn Barr Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and need to Spanish majors of junior or senior class standing. Criteria for application submission:

  1. A personal essay in Spanish is required outlining the applicant's academic achievement and academic success and why you should be given this award. This essay will be copy/pasted into a form field in the application.
  2. Names and email addresses of two people willing to give you a recommendation, one of which must come from a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  3. Apply for this scholarship.
  4. Application deadline is March 31, 2023. Students will be notified by the middle of April 2023.


The Irvin Essay Awards

Awarded to the best essay submitted by an undergraduate student. Undergraduate essays should be 3-5 pages written in Spanish on any aspect of Hispanic culture (personal experience, literature, linguistics). Important: Do not put your name on the essay pages.  Your identification will be verified with your electronic application.

  • Write your essay and then save it as a PDF, Word, or RTF text document to upload during the application process.
  • Apply for this scholarship.
  • Application deadline is March 31, 2023. Students will be notified by the middle of April 2023.


The Robert Newman Memorial Award

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate of senior class standing enrolled in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Annual nomination to be provided by the Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese to the Office of Student Financial Aid.


The Timothy J. Rogers Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student of sophomore, junior, or senior class standing on the basis of academic merit. Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited academic program in Spain during the semester(s) he/she receives the scholarship. Criteria for application submission:

  1. Applicants must be officially enrolled as a major in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  2. Applicants must have taken courses in Spanish at the 300 level or above.
  3. A personal essay in Spanish is required stating the applicant's objectives and expectations for study in Spain. This essay will be copy/pasted into a form field in the application.
  4. Names and email addresses of two people willing to give you a recommendation, one of which must come from a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  5. Apply for this scholarship.
  6. Application deadline is March 31, 2023. Students will be notified by the middle of April 2023.


The Washington Vázquez Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and need to Spanish majors. Criteria for application submission:

  1. A personal essay in Spanish is required outlining the applicant's academic achievement and academic success and why you should be given this award. This essay will be copy/pasted into a form field in the application.
  2. Names and email addresses of two people willing to give you a recommendation, one of which must come from a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  3. Apply for this scholarship.
  4. Application deadline is March 31, 2023. Students will be notified by the middle of April 2023.


The Willis Knapp Jones Award

These awards are to be used by students majoring in Spanish who will be studying abroad during the next academic year or semester, or during the summer session. Criteria for application submission:

  1. A personal essay in Spanish is required stating the applicant's objectives and expectations for study in Spain or Latin America. This essay will be copy/pasted into a form field in the application.
  2. Names and email addresses of two people willing to give you a recommendation, one of which must come from a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  3. Apply for this scholarship.
  4. Application deadline is March 31, 2023. Students will be notified by the middle of April 2023.