Department of Spanish and Portuguese

College of Letters & Science


Department of Spanish & Portuguese Fund

This is the Department’s general fund. It allows us to continually improve our programs and offer our students a rich and rewarding educational experience. Among other things, it supports research or travel stipends, undergraduate/graduate workshops, conferences, and publications, receptions for undergraduates/graduates to meet alumni or scholars, special ceremonies, communications, and publicity.


Marsha Gray Ehrlich Scholarship Fund

Our most recent fund, created in honor of Marsha Gray Ehrlich. Marsha graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her Masters in Spanish in 1968. To honor Marsha’s lifelong interest in and commitment to Spanish language and culture, the Donors wish to support students and research through the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


Dr. Dorothy Donald Memorial Fund

This Fund was established by Kathryn S. Reierson to honor the memory of Dr. Dorothy Donald.  The Dr. Dorothy Donald Memorial Fund is to be used for the following purposes for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese: a) to provide small stipends (to be decided on an ad hoc basis) to two or three graduate students per year to attend conferences related to their fields, to allow them to begin to familiarize themselves with professional activities and colleagues.  Priority will be given to those delivering papers and/or those having passed the Ph.D. preliminary examinations. b) to provide supplemental funds to one or more visiting lecturers per year (often when scholars are in the Midwest we cannot bring them to Madison because funding by the Lecture's Committee or the Nave Fund requires substantial advance planning; a departmental fund such as this allows us greater flexibility in reacting to the occasional opportunity to have a distinguished visitor who happens to be in the area.)


Roberto G. Sanchez Distinguished Lectureship Fund:

Roberto G. Sanchez Distinguished Lectureship Fund  (formerly known a the Roberto G. Sanchez Drama Fellowship Fund). The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for guest lectures dealing with theatre and performance, dramatic productions, performances and academic symposia in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  A Committee in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese shall approve initiatives to be supported by the Fund.  In all other respects, the terms of the MOA dated June 16, 1998 remain the same. The Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese shall approve Initiatives to be supported by the fund.


Barbara Joan Hycnar Scholarship and Fellowship Fund

This fund was established with a gift from the Estate of Barbara J. Hycnar Fund of the Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund. This gift is to fund scholarships/fellowships for students studying Spanish language and literature.


WDGF-Hycnar, Barbara Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Fund

This gift qualifies under the WDGF Program. Through this program, WARF will supplement the normal endowment expenditure amount to bring the total annual student award to that of a full graduate fellowship for a one-half year as defined by the Graduate School.  Recipients of this award will be full-time incoming graduate students enrolled in the Spanish program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and shall be chosen according to the normal graduate fellowship process.


Ray Harris Hispanic Linguistics Award Fund

The donors wish to recognize outstanding graduate students in or entering the MA or Ph.D. program in Hispanic linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The students nominated for the award will be selected based on their extraordinary potential to succeed in the program or demonstrable excellence in their academic performance. Recipients will be chosen by the faculty members of the Spanish Linguistics section of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, who will communicate their decision to the chair of the department.