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 the following summer, fall, and academic year from the Office of Overseas Study. Students accepted to study on programs that require previous completion of French courses at IUB are then contacted and welcomed to apply for this $1,000 scholarship. When funds are available, a second round of applications are accepted in November for students studying abroad the following Spring Semester (again, only on programs that require previous work in French at IUB). A faculty committee evaluates the applicants and chooses one recipient per year.