For study in France or a Francophone Country/Region
Francis West Gravit was a professor in Indiana University’s Department of French and Italian from 1948 through 1975 who was known for his research on French seventeenth-century literature. He and his wife Marjorie (Smith) Gravit were gracious hosts to generations of students and colleagues, sharing a love of French culture as well as good food and wine. The fund in their names was established in 2008 to support students studying French at Indiana University or abroad, and since 2018 our department has used the funds for an undergraduate study-abroad scholarship. Each spring, our department receives a list of students who are studying in France or a francophone country that spring, the following summer, fall, and academic year from the Office of Overseas Study, and then welcomes each student on these lists to apply for this $1,000 scholarship. A faculty committee evaluates the applicants and chooses one recipient per year.