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Scholarships and Awards

There are several language scholarships available to Richmond students who demonstrate either merit or need. In particular, scholarships are provided to students who might otherwise not be able to participate in a study abroad program during the summer, the semester or the academic year. Some scholarships are co-sponsored with the Department of Latin American, Latino, & Iberian Studies.  The deadline for submitting an application for study during the 2022-2023 academic year is Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at midnight. Once a student submits the application, a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of the application will be sent by June Wise in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures or Sarah Helen Studebaker in LALIS. Students will be notified of departmental decisions in March.

J. Gray Wright Scholarship       Application OPEN
The J. Gray Wright Scholarship is merit-based and will be awarded to a rising UR junior or senior who majors in LALIS or in one of the programs offered by LLC (Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, French, German Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese, or Russian Studies).

J.R. Francis Scholarship          Application OPEN
This scholarship is need and merit-based and is awarded to a French major or minor for study on campus or abroad. Multiple awards ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

Gotaas Memorial Scholarship
       Application OPEN
This scholarship is need-based and is awarded to a Westhampton College student majoring in Arabic Studies, Chinese StudiesFrench, German Studies, Italian Studies, Latin American, Latino, & Iberian StudiesRussian Studies, or minoring in Japanese Studies. Two awards of approximately $4,500.

Holt Summer Study Scholarship     Application OPEN

This scholarship is merit-based and is awarded to students who participate in one of the following study abroad programs organized by the University of Richmond:

 For the following programs, the award is approximately $2,000

  • Berlin, Germany (Katrina Nousek)
  • La Rochelle, France (Olivier Delers)
  • Perugia, Italy (Gabriella Valsecchi)
  • Prague, Czech Republic (Yvonne Howell)
  • Sevilla, Spain – Academics & Athletics (Corrado Corradini)
  • Sevilla, Spain - Literature & Culture (Dixon Abreu)

 For the following program, the award is approximately $1,200

  •  Copenhagen, Denmark (Olivier Delers)

Seniors who have received eight semesters of funding at the University of Richmond are not eligible for the Holt Summer Scholarship. All Holt Scholarship applicants must be meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards required by the Office of Financial Aid.  For more information regarding these standards, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website. Students applying for a summer Holt Scholarship should be aware that receipt of a URSF could reduce or even eliminate their eligibility to receive the scholarship if the dates of enrollment overlap with the dates of the fellowship. Students graduating in May 2022 or August 2022 are not eligible to apply for the Holt Scholarship.

Holt Semester Scholarship         Application OPEN
This scholarship is merit-based and is awarded to students who participate in Richmond's semester/academic year study abroad programs in countries in which students study one of the languages offered by LALIS and LLC.  All Holt Scholarship applicants must be meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards required by the Office of Financial Aid.  For more information regarding these standards, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.  Students graduating in May 2022 or August 2022 are not eligible to apply for the Holt Scholarship.

The awards are for approximately $3,000.

Don Quijote Scholarship
       Application OPEN

The Don Quijote Scholarship is merit-based and may be used for a full-year or 2-semester long study abroad programs approved by the Office of International Education and must be in one of the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The award amount is approximately $16,000. For further information, please contact Mariela Mendez.

Outstanding Senior Majors in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Each year, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures recognizes outstanding senior majors who displayed excellent aptitude and effort during their experience studying languages, literatures, and cultures at Richmond.


University-endowed scholarship funds can only be used to participate in study abroad programs sponsored by the University of Richmond.