Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Supporting French & Italian at IU

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Throughout the country funds for higher education are dwindling, and unfortunately Indiana University is no exception. As we strive to maintain the quality of our graduate and undergraduate programs with flat or decreased budgets, we rely increasingly on the generous support of alumni and friends to our IU Foundation accounts. The main account, the French and Italian Enrichment Fund, makes possible our co-curricular programs through the French Club and the Circolo Italiano, which are important in solidifying language skills and making language learning fun and practical. This fund also provides teaching awards for our best Associate Instructors, who are graduate students in our programs going the extra mile for their students and teaching in particularly creative and effective ways. Please click the button below if you would like to donate to our Enrichment Fund.

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The Department also relies on endowed funds to allow us to bring guest speakers to campus and to recruit and support our graduate students. The Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund is our only source of support for lectures in French and Italian by internationally renowned scholars. The Olga Ragusa Fund for the Study of Modern Italian Literature and Culture provides funds for guest speakers as well as graduate student travel. The Grace P. Young Scholarship Fund and the Francis P. Gravit Scholarship Fund both provide fellowship support for graduate students in French, which is essential to recruit and retain the brightest students.

We are also lucky to have two funds where generous annual personal donations are matched through the university's Matching the Promise program. The Charlotte F. Gerrard Fellowship Fund was endowed by the late Professor Gerrard's sister, Glenda Epstein, and is used to recruit an excellent graduate student in French/Francophone Studies each year. Alumnus Marvin Moody (PhD '72) has created the Marvin D. Moody Fellowship Fund which allows us to provide a first-year fellowship to a student in French Linguistics. We are very grateful to these generous donors for their ongoing commitment.

If you would like information about starting an endowment fund, or if you would like to contribute to one of our specific award funds, please contact the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Advancement.