The José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship is awarded 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.
In 2007, the family and friends of the Cuban student leader José Antonio Echeverría donated $50,000 to establish the scholarship fund at FIU. The fund has now doubled to $100,000. The scholarship awards $3,000 each academic year to cover tuition, books, and other educational expenses. Although Echeverría was an architecture student, the scholarship is awarded to encourage students to become active in governmental and political affairs.
The recipient of the 2014 José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship is Leandro Travieso. Born in Havana, Cuba, Leandro came to the United States at the age of 12 with his parents in 2004. He has always been in the top 10% of his class and in 2012 he graduated with honors from Miami Dade College. Leandro is currently pursuing two bachelor degrees from FIU, International Relations and Asian Studies. He would like to join the U.S. Department of State and become the first Hispanic U.S. ambassador to an Asian country.
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