Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards

Alejandro Reyes Award

This $5,000 award is presented by the Pan American Association of Philadelphia to a Junior Year undergraduate student to be used for his or her expenses of a Senior Year in a college or university of the Delaware Valley area.

Criteria:  (a) Academic grades in subjects related to the Latin American area; (b) academic grades in the Spanish or Portuguese languages; (c) participation in extra-curricular activities related to Latin America; (d) experience in Latin American countries either studying or working; (e) career plans related to Latin America; (f) financial need.

Applicants will be notified if a personal interview is necessary.

Procedure:  The student candidate should arrange to have forwarded in his/her name (a) an unofficial academic transcript; (b) two letters of recommendation, one of which needs to be from a Latin American Studies affiliated faculty member; (c) a single page, single spaced statement describing your financial need as well as your interest in Latin American Studies and goals for the future.

Deadline: All materials must be received no later than midnight, March 15th, 2015. Please send all nominee information (PDF format) to Prof. Ronald W. Webb (rwebb@temple.edu)

 

Irene Rivera Diaz Award

The Irene Rivera Diaz award has been established to honor the memory of the mother of current Pan American Association President Romulo L. Diaz, Jr. Mrs. Diaz was born in Mexico and immigrated to Texas as a young child with her family. There she married and raised her family, and also worked as an American Red Cross program manager, licensed vocational nurse and hairdresser. She was an active community volunteer, and was committed to serving the working poor and increasing educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Irene Rivera Diaz, who died in 2000, is survived by her husband, four children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The annual scholarship supports disadvantaged college students with an interest in Latin American studies.

This $2,500 scholarship is presented by the Pan American Association of Philadelphia to a non-senior undergraduate student to be used for his or her expenses attending a college or university of the Delaware Valley area.

Criteria:(a) Academic grades in subjects related to the Latin American area; (b) academic grades in the Spanish or Portuguese languages; (c) participation in extra-curricular activities related to Latin America; (d) experience in Latin American countries either studying or working; (e) career plans related to Latin America; (f) financial need; (g) from a traditionally “disadvantaged” background.

Applicants will be notified if a personal interview is necessary. 

Procedure:  The student candidate should arrange to have forwarded in his/her name (a) an unofficial academic transcript; (b) two letters of recommendation, one of which needs to be from a Latin American Studies faculty member; (c) a single page, single spaced statement describing how you might be considered “disadvantaged” and your financial need as well as your interest in Latin American Studies.

Deadline: All materials must be received no later than midnight, March 15th, 2015. Please send all nominee information (PDF format) to Prof. Ronald W. Webb (rwebb@temple.edu)

 

The Pan American Association of Philadelphia Community Service Award

The Pan American Association of Philadelphia Community Service Award will go to an undergraduate student exemplifying the spirit of public service in either Latin America or the Greater Philadelphia Latino community.   We believe that any endeavor, whether it be succeeding in college or achieving personal success of any kind, should always be partnered by a responsibility to serve the community.  With this award, we hope to challenge students to participate in the community and help nurture a sense of global social responsibility and duty.

This $2,500 award is presented by the Pan American Association of Philadelphia to a non-senior year undergraduate student to be used for his or her expenses in a college or university of the Delaware Valley area.

Criteria:  (a) Academic grades in subjects related to the Latin American area; (b) academic grades in the Spanish or Portuguese languages; (c) participation in extra-curricular activities related to the Latin American or US Latino community; (d) community service in Latin American countries or the US Latino population; (e) career plans related to Latin America or the US Latino community; (f) financial need.

Applicants will be notified if a personal interview is necessary.

Procedure:  The student candidate should arrange to have forwarded in his/her name (a) an unofficial academic transcript; (b) two letters of recommendation, one of which needs to be from a Latin American/Latino Studies affiliated faculty member; (c) a single page, single spaced statement describing your financial need as well as your interest in Latin American/Latino Studies and goals for the future.

Deadline: All materials must be received no later than midnight, March 15th, 2015. Please send all nominee information (PDF format) to Prof. Ronald W. Webb (rwebb@temple.edu)

 

Janice Bond Memorial Plaque and Award for Graduating Seniors

The Janice Bond Memorial Plaques are awarded by the Association to graduating seniors of area colleges or universities. No institution, however, shall have more than one recipient of the plaques in a single year.

Criteria:  A plaque and $200 monetary award is presented to graduating Seniors of area colleges and universities for general excellence in courses related to Latin America during four years.  Other criteria include participation in extra-curricular activities related to Latin America as well as study and service in Latin countries.

Procedure:  A senior is to be nominated in a letter written by a Latin American Studies affiliated professor acquainted with the student.  The letter shall include a description of the student’s activities plus a transcript of his or her academic record.  Student self-nominations are not accepted.  Recipients of each Award, as well as their nominating Professor, will be notified by mail of the award and will be invited to the Annual Pan American Day Luncheon to be held in April, 2015 at the Union League in Philadelphia located at 140 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.  19102

Deadline: All materials must be received no later than midnight, March 15th, 2015. Please send all nominee information (PDF format) to Prof. Ronald W. Webb (rwebb@temple.edu)

 

The William J. Clothier II Memorial Award

In 2003, The Pan American Association of Philadelphia established the William J. Clothier II Memorial Award to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a very special member of the “Greatest Generation”. Throughout his long life, Bill Clothier exemplified the best traits of the new world America: stellar achievements, the competitive drive of a risk taker, and a bold and gallant spirit.

Born in 1915, the grandson of Isaac Clothier, founder of the Strawbridge’s & Clothier Department Store, Bill Clothier made his mark on the national and international scene over more than seven decades of his larger- than- life existence. Along the way, he pursued many passions, among them tennis, archeology and international politics. He graduated from Harvard College in 1938 with a degree in archeology, after which President Roosevelt recruited him to gather intelligence information in Peru. Bill Clothier spent a great deal of time in Trujillo and Cuzco,where he combined his academic interests with service to his country. He later served undercover as an FBI agent in Chile and Cuba. During the Cold War, Bill Clothier became a CIA agent, workingprimarily to resettle defectors from the Soviet Block and to assist them in restarting their lives in the free world. He was a founding member and a strong supporter of the Pan American Association until his death in 2002.

Bill Clothier followed in his father’s footsteps and became a great tennis player. He was “Mr. Lawn Tennis”in the United States during the decades of the 50’s and 60’s and was one of the very few non-British members of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Association. A dashing figure on and off the tennis court, his courteous and kind personality made him widely admired as “a gentleman’s gentleman”

Besides tennis, his other passion in life was Latin America. He loved the language, the customs, and the people of Latin America. As a founding member, President and Board Member of The Pan American Association of Philadelphia, he worked throughout his life to bring down the barriers of communication and ignorance that often separate people of the Western Hemisphere. Until his death in October 2002, Bill Clothier remained a staunch and avid supporter of his beloved Pan American.

The William J. Clothier II Memorial Award is a tribute to the memory of this illustrious Philadelphian. The award is given to an individual who best exemplifies Bill Clothier’s dedication to public service and his commitment to the ideals of Pan-Americanism. In previous years, the Award has been given to two individuals: Kenneth I. Trujillo, Esq. and Federal Judge Juan Sanchez. 

 

Carmelita Manning Award

Criteria: The Carmelita Manning award is given periodically to a person or organization involved in the performing arts connected with Latin American culture. 

Procedure: Nominations for the Carmelita Manning Award are received from various Latino Community Organizations in the Delaware Valley on an irregular basis. Previous awards have been made on the basis of individual achievement, organizational excellence, innovation and contribution to the community of Latino artists in the Philadelphia region. Nominations must include a description of the achievement, as well as the person’s bio and organization’s history.

 

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