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Undergraduate Studies

Pedro Díaz Seijas Memorial Scholarship

Pedro Díaz Seijas was a noted Venezuelan writer, scholar, essayist, and literary critic. He was a member of many cultural organizations in Venezuela and abroad and served as the director of the Venezuelan Royal Academy of Language and Director of Cultural Affairs at Simón Rodríguez University in Caracas. He did his studies at the Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas and Universidad Central de Venezuela. He is the author of more than twenty books, among them Al margen de la literatura venezolana (1946), Introducción al estudio del ensayo en Venezuela (1947), Orientaciones y tendencias de la novela venezolana (1949), Rómulo Gallegos: Realidad y símbolo (1965), La gran narrativa latinoamericana (1976), and Historia y antología de la literatura venezolana (2 vols., 1981). His son, Professor Manuel Díaz-Campos, has established an annual $500 scholarship in his name.

Selection criteria:

Scholarship winners will be selected each spring by the Undergraduate Scholarships committee of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The scholarship may be used to help defray the costs of study abroad or the costs associated with the pursuit of the major (e.g., books). It may be used throughout the academic year.

Application essays are due the Monday following spring break. Please submit to Jane Drake (, GISB 2160.

Awards are announced in mid-April each year.

Previous recipients:
2017: Megan Diekhoff
2016: Sam Gentry
2015: Kaitlyn Blansett
2014: Kaitlyn Blansett
2013: Kelly Kreutz                 
2012: Kourtney Liepelt
2011: Tess Kuntz