Announcing the Winner of the 2024–25 José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship

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Maria Zyla

The Cuban Research Institute is happy to announce that FIU graduate student Maria Zyla is the winner of the 2024–25 José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship. Maria is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in history at Florida International University.

Maria Zyla earned her master's degree in Global, International, and Comparative History from Georgetown University. She received her bachelor's degree in History, with minors in Fine Arts and Spanish Language, from the University of New Haven. She currently studies U.S.-Cuban cultural and transnational history, exploring gender, sexuality, and migration in the Havana-Harlem Renaissance of the early twentieth century, with a focus on music, literature, and art. She previously earned a grant from the Crossing Latinidades Humanities Initiative from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

The José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship was created in 2007 by relatives and friends of José Antonio, led by his sister Lucy Echeverría. The purpose of the 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. Since its creation, the scholarship has benefited sixteen FIU students, both graduate and undergraduate, by contributing to support their tuition and other educational expenses.

For any questions about the José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship, please contact the Cuban Research Institute at