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Scholarships for Research, Service, and Study Abroad Programs

W&M Awards of Academic Excellence for Hispanic Studies Majors

Each May during Modern Languages & Literatures' graduation ceremonies, the Hispanic Studies faculty present awards for academic excellence to outstanding Hispanic Studies majors.

J. Worth Banner Award

This award goes to the rising senior Hispanic Studies major with the highest overall grade point average. Professor Banner was a well-liked Spanish professor at W&M and a respected Chair of Modern Languages & Literatures for many years. In the past, this generous award has helped support the recipient's pre-honors research, international travel, or participation in study abroad programs.

R. Merritt Cox Award

This award is in memory of Professor R. Merritt Cox, a well-known 18th century scholar in Spanish Studies and a highly esteemed colleague. With this award, we recognize a graduating Hispanic Studies major who exhibits those qualities admired and embodied by Professor Cox: a deep appreciation and broad interest in Hispanic cultures, literatures, and the Spanish language. The recipient is a student who has achieved an outstanding level of academic excellence in the field of Hispanic Studies, and who will pursue a graduate degree in the field of Hispanic Studies.

Howard M. Fraser Award

This award recognizes the graduating Hispanic Studies major who has made significant achievements in research and service. This award is in memory of our colleague, Professor Howard Fraser, who for twenty-four years was a much-beloved professor of Portuguese and Spanish at William & Mary. He was an active leader in the campus community who also served as Chair of our department for six years. Professor Fraser was a well-known scholar in the field of Latin American literature and culture.

Scholarships & Awards for Research & Study Abroad

The Charles Center Summer Research Scholarships and W&M Student Research Grants can fund

  • research
  • study abroad
  • internships

W&M's Reves Center for International Studies annually awards scholarships for W&M students to go abroad for

W&M's Scholarship Central can help you find other scholarships, fellowships and awards. They also can help you apply for some of the national awards, such as a Fulbright Scholarship.

National Grants for Research and Study

Fulbright Scholarships fund a year of study or research abroad. Fluency in the language of the host country is required. Graduating seniors and graduates may apply.

Hispanic Scholarship Funds help Hispanic-American college students complete their education. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students of Hispanic background.

Using Financial Aid to Study Abroad

If you plan to use your W&M financial aid package towards study abroad program, you should consult with the Financial Aid Office well before you plan to travel. There are procedures to go through, and restrictions that may apply. If you received a scholarship to attend W&M, check with a financial aid officer to see if you may use those funds to study abroad.