The Department of Hispanic Studies currently offers two types of scholarships: academic and study abroad. Academic scholarships are meant to recognize the performance of outstanding majors, while study abroad scholarships are meant to encourage and help fund study experiences in Spanish-speaking countries.
The Cervantes Scholarship is awarded to the best Spanish major of the year through generous support from the Cervantes Project. This academic award recognizes the student with the highest GPA and a clear and documented interest in the literary work of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The award is generally given during Parents’ Weekend in April. There is no application process, but awardees are notified in advance of the awards ceremony.
The department offers two study abroad scholarships: The Bart L. Lewis and Gilbert R. Watz Study Abroad Scholarships. These scholarships have been made possible through generous donations by the family of faculty member Bart L. Lewis and by Mr. Gilbert R. Watz, and they have similar criteria and requirements, including the following:
- Students must be undergraduate majors in Spanish, enrolled full-time (12 credit hours)
- Students must be in good standing at the time of application, hold a 3.5 GPA in courses in the Spanish major and at least a 3.0 GPA overall
Application Process for Study Abroad Scholarships:
Applications are typically due in late March. Please consult with the Academic Advisor for specific deadlines. At the time of applying, please do the following:
- Complete and submit an application form
- Include in your application a statement of purpose, resumé, academic transcript, and a writing sample in Spanish (composition, essay, etc.)
- Email your application to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or hand-deliver it at the Hispanic Studies Advising Office (ACAD 107) in a sealed envelope
- Ask two of your professors to send letters of recommendation on your behalf to Zuleika Carrasco-Martinez, Hispanic Studies Academic Advisor
The Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Director of Study Abroad and the Advisor will review the applications and forward recommendations to the Department Head. Successful candidates will be notified by mid-April.
Requirements for Recipients:
- Travel must be completed within a twelve-month period beginning January 1. Funds may not roll over to the following grant period.
- A thank you letter must be written to the donors immediately upon acceptance of the scholarship.
- Before the end of the first month of a long semester back on the TAMU campus, the student will provide the Director of Study Abroad with a two-page summary of the academic work accomplished during the scholarship period.
- Before the end of the first semester back on campus, the student is expected to present an informal talk to a student audience, informing them about highlights and academic benefits of the study abroad experience.
- Any publications resulting from the study abroad experience should acknowledge the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Dr. Bart L. Lewis or Gilbert R. Watz Scholarship.