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Portuguese Studies Endowment Fund

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"Fulfilling the Promise"

On October 21, 2006, the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies was launched at Rhode Island College. At the same time, the Portuguese Studies Endowment Fund was opened with commitments from the Luso-American Foundation, the J.B. Fernandes Memorial Trust I and the State of Rhode Island.

Since then,

$210,635 has been raised in additional gifts and pledges for the Portuguese Studies Endowment Fund;

$12,000 grant as been received from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to provide computers and equipment for the Institute office for use by faculty and students for research projects;

$95,000 in program funds for the Institute was secured by a grant facilitated by Congressman Patrick Kennedy;

$100,000 generously donated to open the John A. and Mary V. Lima Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund for students pursuing Portuguese Studies.

The Fund will help provide support for:

  • research projects that recognize and document the contributions of the Portuguese and Lusophone cultures in Rhode Island;
  • cultural events and programs for youth and the community-at-large;
  • Portuguese Studies academic program;
  • professional development for teachers of Portuguese;
  • operation of the Institute;
  • and much, much more.

Help us to fulfill the promise!

The Goal:

$1 Million

Progress To Date:

Commitments have been received from:

Luso-American Development Foundation $250,000
J.B. Fernandes Memorial Trust I $250,000
State of Rhode Island $110,000
Private Donations $120,635
Total as of 12/31/2010 $730,635
   
Amount Needed To Raise... $269,365

Gifts to the Portuguese Studies Endowment Fund may be made

"In honor of ___________"
Or "In memory of ___________"
a friend, a teacher, a mentor,
a family or a loved one.

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For more information regarding the Portuguese Studies Endowment Fund, please contact:

For more information regarding the Portuguese Studies Endowment Fund please contact RIC Foundation staff, whose contact information can be located at alumni affairs.

Marie Ray Fraley, Interim Director, Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies (401) 456-8476 or mfraley1@ric.edu

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Page last updated: June 25, 2013