Awards, Grants & Honoraries


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a variety of undergraduate awards and honoraries:


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Undergraduate Awards, Grants & Honoraries


The SPPO Graduation and Awards Ceremony will take place in person on May 6th, 2023.

We are excited to invite all graduating majors and minors in SPPO to a graduation ceremony for the 2022 – 2023 school year. If you would like to participate, please fill out the form.

Participation Form

If you have any questions, please email Elizabeth Wigal. Thanks!


Not available for 2023.

This is a Teaching/Volunteering Opportunity in Cuenca, Ecuador for recent graduates with an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish.

This year-long commitment involves teaching English at CEDEI's English School and volunteering at Fundación El Arenal. The grant includes round trip transportation to Cuenca, Ecuador, free tuition for the CEDEI TEFL training program, and a $150 monthly stipend.  More details about this grant can be found on CEDEI's website


Students can also read about OSU student Emily Coleman's experience in Ecuador through the Puente Cultural Service's blog


The purpose of the Loann Crane Undergraduate Awards for Hispanic Studies is to facilitate research projects and to help fund study abroad. 


To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduate Spanish majors with an excellent academic record. During the period of the award (2023-24) they must either enroll in an approved study abroad program or be engaged in a valid research project. Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 


Applicants should provide the following:

  • a formal letter stating current level of Spanish, future goals, purpose of research/study abroad, etc.;
  • their current Advising Report (available via Buckeyelink);  
  • a description of the proposed study abroad program (including official brochure or link to online description) or of the research to be conducted;
  • one or two letters of recommendation from Spanish & Portuguese Department faculty member(s) or instructor(s) familiar with student’s work and/or project. Letters may be submitted with the application or separately by the recommender to Elizabeth Wigal;
  • an updated résumé.
Submissions are due March 1o, 2023



Support the Crane Fund for Hispanic Studies

The Loann Crane Awards for Hispanic Studies are supported by a generous gift from Mrs. Loann Crane (B.A. 1947), a former Spanish major at Ohio State. Alumni and friends of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese may contribute online to The Crane Fund for Hispanic Studies.


Not Available for 2023.

The purpose of the Rymer Award, in the amount of $1000, is to provide financial support to undergraduate or graduate students for study abroad fees and travel expenses

Details and Eligibility

The Department of French and Italian and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will alternate the disbursement of this award from year to year (SPPO will disburse the award in 2022, in 2024, etc.). The recipient must be enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate or graduate) and major in Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Italian. The recipient must be making good progress toward their degree, and priority will be given to non-native Spanish or Portuguese (or French or Italian during odd years) speakers who have not had many opportunities to study abroad. 


Applications must include:

  • a brief letter describing the study abroad program or travel in which the applicant plans to participate and the reasons for which they have chosen it;
  • a current cv or resume
  • a letter of support focused on the student's academic achievements from a professor. Letters may be submitted with the application or separately by the recommender to Elizabeth Wigal; and
  • a list of other funding for which they are also applying.



Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.