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Annual Giving

Your continued support to the Center for Latin American Studies helps a wide community across the university and beyond to expand their knowledge and understanding regarding Latin America and the Caribbean. There are a variety of funds that have been established and are available for annual giving.

Boonstra Family Research Fellowship

Margaret Beshore Boonstra and her children created this endowment in memory of Ambassador Clarence A. Boonstra and in recognition of the family's longstanding involvement with Latin America. The endowment supports grants for graduate students pursuing thesis or pre-dissertation research in Latin America or the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.

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Carmen Diana Deere Director’s Fund

Upon her retirement from UF in August 2015, Dr. Carmen Diana Deere, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Latin American Studies and Food and Resource Economics, established the Carmen Diana Deere Director’s Fund at the Center for Latin American Studies. It is designed to assist the Center Director in maintaining UF’s preeminence in Latin American Studies and supports new initiatives and special opportunities and needs.

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Carol French Doughty Memorial Fund

This fund supports graduate student research in Latin America and Latino communities, with an emphasis on educational issues. This fund’s purpose reflects Carol Doughty’s interest in Latin America and its people, along with her strong belief that teaching was an indispensable calling in support of society and nation. Carol was the daughter of Polly and Paul Doughty (UF Professor Emeritus of Anthropology) and the sister of Tom Doughty.

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Colonel Glenn A. Farris Scholarship

Colonel Glenn Farris served as Foreign Student Advisor at UF from 1963–73, following a distinguished military career. Colonel Farris helped hundreds of recently exiled Cubans to gain admission to UF and successfully pursue degrees. A group of these Cuban-American alumni endowed the fund that provides scholarships to MALAS students.

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Cuba Program Fund

The fund supports the activities of the Center for Latin American Studies' Cuba Program; particularly the promotion of teaching and research on Cuba, as well as collaboration activities with Cuba faculty and professionals.

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Florida-Brazil Institute

This fund supports education, cultural and business exchanges between Florida and Brazil. The Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute works with Florida’s colleges and universities, state government, and the business community to forge a network of partnerships with educational, government and private-sector institutions.

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Hugh H. Popenoe Mesoamerican Research Endowment

This endowment is named after the late Hugh Popenoe, Professor Emeritus of Soils and Water Science at the University of Florida, and was made possible by a gift from Hugh’s estate.  The endowment will support graduate student and faculty research on Mesoamerica - with a preference for topics related to indigenous peoples and cultures of the region.

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Latin American Studies Fund

Unrestricted gifts to this fund allow the Center to support all the activities for which State funding may not be used and to respond to special needs and opportunities. Examples of such needs include lecture series, study abroad scholarships for undergraduate students, faculty travel grants, research assistantships for graduate students, and visiting professors on exchange from Latin American universities.

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LAS Alumni Graduate Student Travel Fund

Established by the Center’s Alumni Board, this fund supports travel grants for graduate students to present papers at professional meetings, to complete LAS-related internships, or to participate in short-term study tours in Latin America.

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MDP Program Unrestricted

This fund was established to support the Center’s Master of Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) Program. The MDP Program is committed to helping students understand the multidimensional nature of development challenges, to gain the analytical capacity and tools to apply to development challenges, and to become critical thinkers about the development process and its implications.

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Richmond F. Brown Graduate Student Fund

Richmond F. Brown, the Center’s former Associate Director for Academic Programs, died peacefully on September 20, 2016. As a way of honoring Dr. Brown's memory, the UF Center for Latin American Studies has established the Richmond F. Brown Graduate Student Fund. The fund will support master’s degree students in the Center for Latin American Studies – with a preference for students pursuing internships.

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Safa Graduate Student Travel Endowment

Helen I. Safa, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, created this endowment to provide travel grants for UF graduate students presenting papers at the international congresses of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Safa was Director of the Center (1980–85) and President of LASA (1983–85).

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Schmink Fund for Innovation in Tropical Conservation and Development

Marianne Schmink, co-founder and long-time director of the Center’s Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program, established this fund to strengthen and sustain TCD’s impact. The fund supports new initiatives, training projects, or collaborative research; networking activities among TCD alumni, students, and partners; and outreach activities to return research results to local organizations. Schmink will match the first $15,000 in contributions on a one-to-one basis over five years.

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Terry McCoy Latin American Travel Scholarship

Colleagues and former students of Terry McCoy, Director of the Center from 1985–96, established this fund to support student travel grants for short-term study abroad programs in Latin America, such as those that McCoy developed and promoted.

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Tropical Conservation and Development Fund

The Tropical Conservation and Development Fund enriches the learning and research opportunities to TCD graduate students. Gifts to this fund will support graduate fellowships, field research, conference travel, practitioner experiences, or visiting scholars. To target your gift to a particular activity, please include a comment expressing your wishes.

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Vivian G. Nolan Graduate Fellowship in Latin American Studies

This fund supports graduate fellowships for students studying indigenous peoples and cultures at the Center for Latin American Studies. Vivian Nolan was an administrative assistant at the Center for Latin American Studies from the early 1960s to 1980s. A gift from Wanda and Charles Denny, the daughter and son-in-law of Vivian Nolan, endowed the fellowship program.

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Wagley Research Fellowship and Carter Fellowship

This endowment honors two former UF anthropologists. Charles Wagley was known for his work with peoples of the Brazilian Amazon. William E. Carter, Director of the Center (1969–77), was a specialist in Bolivian Aymara communities. The Wagley Fellowship supports graduate students pursuing social science research in Latin America, especially Brazil. The Carter Fellowship supports non-traditional graduate students and other meritorious individuals affiliated with the Center.

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