The Mamie and Pedro Aguirre Memorial Scholarships:
Established in 1987, these annual awards are given in Spring to outstanding UA junior or senior female Spanish majors. The scholarship is named after the first head of the UA Spanish Department, Mamie Aguirre. She died in 1906 at the age of 62. Mamie’s grandson, Pedro, said to embody ‘the best of both worlds, Mexico and the U.S." was a successful businessman in Mexicali, Mexico and California’s Imperial Valley. He died in 1982 at the age of 74.
Applicants need to show academic promise, financial need, and a commitment to make a significant contribution to society. Preference is also given to students who are returning to school to finish an undergraduate degree. Scholars are selected by a special committee of the department of Spanish and Portuguese and subject to the approval of the Office of Student Financial Aid. Applications may be picked up in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Modern Languages 545 and submitted no later than April 1.
Scholars selected for 1999-2000 were Spanish College of Education major Patricia Arraiga and Spanish College of Humanities major Karleen Jones. We are exceptionally proud of both of our winners.
The Nivea Parsons Scholarship for Study in Brazil
Dr. Nivea Parsons, a retired tenured faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona, was born in Fortaleza, Brazil and passed away on May 14th of 2006 (Mother's Day) at the age of 70 due to pancreatic cancer. In honor of Dr. Nivea Parsons' great accomplishments here at the U of A in the Portuguese program, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to offer a scholarship in the amount of $500.00 to a motivated student who will be studying in Brazil this summer with the program that Dr. Parsons founded.
Dr. Parsons directed the Portuguese program here at the U of A and taught courses in Portuguese language, Luso-Brazilian Literature, and Brazilian Film and Culture from 1968 until her retirement in 2003. Even after retirement, Dr. Parsons continued to be very much involved with spreading her love for her language and culture to others continuing to give informal lectures on Brazil as a volunteer to retired U of A faculty. She was an inspiration to all her students, friends and colleagues and worked tirelessly to solidify the study of Portuguese at the U of A. Among other contributions, Dr. Parsons was instrumental in making the Portuguese minor mandatory for those majoring in Latin American Studies at the U of A.
Professor José Promis Outstanding Study Abroad Student Award
Dr. José Promis, received his certification as high-school teacher from the University of Chile, and his doctorate in Romance Philology from the University of Madrid. Until 1976 he taught Latin American and Chilean Literature at the University of Chile, the Catholic University of Chile and the Catholic University of Valparaíso. Since that year he has been Full Professor of Spanish American Literature in the Spanish and Portuguese Department of the University of Arizona. After the end of the military regime, he has returned periodically to Chile invited as visiting professor by several universities in Santiago and Valparaíso. Currently, Professor Promis is Emeritus from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, although still actively involved in leading and supporting our various Study Abroad programs, especially that in Viña del Mar, Chile, which he established. He has published several books related to Chilean literature. The most recent, published in 2002, is La literatura del reino de Chile. He is also in charge of literary criticism in El Mercurio, the most important Chilean newspaper. In 2004 he was appointed member of the Academia Chilena de la Lengua.
This honor is awarded annually to the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese Study Abroad student who best exemplifies the qualities of enthusiasm, flexibility, academic achievement as well as the ability to make the most of a Study Abroad Experience.
Director of the Study Abroad Programs
Office: ML 545
Byron C. Browder Scholarship for Study Abroad in Guadalajara
Brief biography of Byron C. Browder (pdf)
Byron C. Browder Memorial Scholarship
Source: Friends of the late Byron C. Browder
Spanish majors with outstanding academic ability and financial need. Selection by the office of the Dean of Humanities subject to the approval of the Office of Student Financial Aid. Value: Tuition at Guadalajara Summer School
Department of Spanish & Portuguese, 621-1983.