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. Dr. Deere served as Director of the Center for Latin American Studies from 2004-09 and President of LASA from 1992-94.

Vivian G. Nolan Graduate Fellowship in Latin American Studies

Wanda Denny and her late husband, Charles, established the endowment in memory of Wanda’s mother, Vivian Nolan, who worked many years at the Center. Income from the endowment supports graduate fellowships for students studying indigenous peoples and cultures at the Center for Latin American Studies. The fund’s purpose grew out of the many friendships that Vivian Nolan cultivated with indigenous students during her time at the Center.

Hugh L. Popenoe Mesoamerican Research Fund

The endowment is named after the late Dr. Hugh Popenoe, Professor Emeritus of Soils and Water Science at the University of Florida, and was made possible by a gift from Popenoe’s estate. The endowment supports graduate student and faculty research on Mesoamerica - with a preference for topics related to indigenous peoples and cultures of the region. The fund purpose reflects Popenoe’s lifetime dedication to the Mesoamerican region, its people, and its agriculture.

Carol French Doughty Memorial Fund

The Doughty Family established the Carol French Doughty Memorial Fund in honor of the memory of their daughter. Income from the endowment supports graduate student research in Latin America and Latino communities, with an emphasis on educational issues. The fund’s purpose reflects Carol’s longstanding engagement with Latin America and its people along with her strong belief that teaching was an indispensable calling in support of society and nation. The grants are awarded through the Center for Latin American Studies’ annual Field Research Grant Competition.

Safa Graduate Student Travel Endowment

The late Dr. Helen I. Safa, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, made a gift of $50,000 to the Center for Latin American Studies to create the Safa Graduate Student Travel Endowment fund. Income from the fund provides travel grants for UF graduate students affiliated with the Center to present papers at the international congresses of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the largest international association of professional Latinamericanists. Dr. Safa was Director of the Center for Latin American Studies from 1980–85 and President of LASA from 1983–85.

Boonstra Family Research Fellowship

Margaret Beshore Boonstra and her children made a gift of $30,000 to create the Boonstra Family Research Fellowship Endowment in honor of the memory of Ambassador Clarence A. Boonstra and in recognition of the family’s longstanding involvement with Latin America. Income from the endowment supports research grants to outstanding graduate students pursuing thesis or pre-dissertation research in Latin America or the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The grants are awarded through the Center for Latin American Studies’ annual Field Research Grant Competition.

Farris Scholarship Fund

Colonel Glenn Farris served as Foreign Student Advisor at UF from 1963 to 1973, following a distinguished military career. During the 1960s Colonel Farris helped hundreds of recently exiled Cubans to gain admission to UF and successfully pursue degrees. A group of these Cuban-American alumni, who are now successful in business and the professions, initiated a fundraising effort to endow a scholarship fund in honor of Colonel Farris. The Farris Scholarship Fund is used to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the MA in Latin American Studies program who have excelled in academics, who have demonstrated leadership skills, and who are preparing for a career dealing with Latin American or Hispanic American affairs.

Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar Chair

The Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Latin American Studies was established in 1991 with a gift from Bacardi Imports and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Matching funds were received from the State of Florida, raising the endowment to $1 million. The Bacardi endowment enables the Center to invite distinguished scholars and public figures to teach, lecture, mentor students, and carry out research at UF. Since 1992, 14 individuals have held the chair with expertise in diverse fields, such as economics, politics, tropical conservation, history, dance, and literature. The 2011 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar is Jean Stubbs, a distinguished scholar in the field of Cuban history.