The Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship Program
A native of New Jersey, Helen Firstbrook Franklin ('37) received her BA in Journalism at a time when the University of Wisconsin's School of Journalism was one of only three in the nation. After a stint in public relations, Franklin joined the staff of the Reader's Digest as a research librarian, beginning a thirty-eight-year career with the magazine. She traveled extensively on assignment in Latin America, learning Spanish and establishing contacts. Until her retirement in 1978, she worked with offices in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and several other Latin American countries, contributing articles and photos to the English, Spanish, and Portuguese editions of the Digest. Franklin's bequest establishes an endowed professorship and two distinguished graduate fellowships in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, plus two distinguished graduate fellowships with the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS). The Franklin funds are matched by the Graduate School's Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowship Program, which includes a waiver of the out-of-state portion of the tuition.
The Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship Program (HFFS) enables top entering graduate students with Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberian commitments to focus on their academic studies during their first year at the University of Wisconsin. "Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberian commitments" are understood to mean:
- a primary commitment to area studies as such
- a substantial research component or comparativist component within a curriculum that has professional goals outside area studies
Applications are by departmental nomination and should include:
- departmental letter of nomination signed by the Chair
- two outside letters of recommendation
- an updated c.v.
- a statement of purpose
Completed applications are due the second Friday in February. Five copies of each application should be sent to the LACIS office. See the Contact Page for the address. Also, an electronic application emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org is requested.
Applications will be considered by the LACIS Fellowships and Scholarships Committee. Should you need more information, please contact Darcy Little at email@example.com.