José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship
The José Antonio Echeverría Foundation awards a scholarship every year to a student of Architecture, History, Politics & International Relations, or Religious Studies at FIU. In addition, the student must be enrolled in the Undergraduate Certificate Program in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
The scholarship was created to honor the memory of José Antonio Echeverría, President of the University Students Federation (FEU in Spanish) at the University of Havana, who was murdered in 1957 while defending democracy in Cuba. The purpose of this scholarship is to promote the understanding of the political, social, and economic realities of 1950s Cuba, and in particular of the life and legacy of José Antonio Echeverría. Although Echeverría was an architecture student, the scholarship is awarded to encourage students to become active in governmental and political affairs.
In 2007, Echeverría's family and friends donated $100,000 to establish the scholarship fund at FIU. The scholarship awards $4,000 each academic year to cover tuition, books, and other educational expenses.
- Majors. At the time of application, the student must be enrolled at FIU as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student with a declared major in Architecture, History, Politics & International Relations, or Religious Studies, and taking at least 12 credit hours each semester.
- Certificate Program. At the time of application, the student must also be actively enrolled in the Certificate Program in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, and must continue taking at least one program course during any semester that the applicant will be a recipient of the scholarship (including any summer semester). Students who are not currently registered in the Certificate Program in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies can apply to this scholarship only if they enroll prior to or simultaneously at the time of application, and continue taking at least one program course during any semester that the applicant will be a recipient of the scholarship (including any summer semester).
- GPA and Transcripts. Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts demonstrating a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at FIU, or, if newly enrolled at FIU, at other institutions attended.
- Essay. Applicants must submit an original, well-researched, and properly documented 3-page essay (double spaced, 12-point font, in English or Spanish), demonstrating knowledge of the life and beliefs of José Antonio Echeverría and his contributions to and efforts toward democracy in Cuba. The selected essay will be published at the José Antonio Echeverría Foundation website and other online outlets.
How to Apply
Please complete an application form, available here, and send it with the required documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver the materials to the Cuban Research Institute at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 445. The deadline for the next competition will be announced during the fall semester of 2017.
For more information on the José Antonio Echeverría Foundation, click here.