Contributing to CLAS

Contributing to CLAS

Founded in 1964, Pitt’s Center of Latin American Studies is one of the premier area studies program, having served thousands of faculty and students in pursuing their educational interests, academic research, and study abroad opportunities.  Especially in these challenging economic times, our continued growth and success are reliant on the generosity of donors. From your student days, you may remember a special class, project, or study abroad trip.  We invite you to help make those life-changing experiences available to more students!

Please consider donating to our general fund, or any of the specialty funds described below. We are also open to discussing special projects and/or creating new named funds.  Please contact us with any questions, and thank you for your support.

Specific Program/Category Options for Donations:

  • Research and Teaching Fund
    Supports faculty and student research, faculty and student travel to professional meetings, conferences/symposium/workshops, courses, curriculum development, lectures, and performances.
  • Social and Public Policy Program Fund
    Provides graduate fellowships for the study of social and public policy in Latin America and an annual student conference on the topic.
  • Student Scholarship Fund
    Primarily supports awards to undergraduate students and the operation of the Undergraduate Seminar/Field Trip.
  • The Shirley Kregar Scholarship Fund
    Supports study and research by undergraduate students in Latin America.
  • Edward J. and Jacqueline M. Musante Award Fund
    Provides financial support for travel and other educational expenses to undergraduate students who are conducting research in Latin America.
  • Eduardo Lozano Memorial Dissertation Award Fund
    Provides a cash award for the best doctoral dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh on a topic related to Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latin American communities in other countries.
  • Brazilian Studies Program Fund
    Supports Visiting Brazilian Scholars and events/activities that focus on Brazil (including conferences/symposium/workshops, courses, curriculum development, lectures, and performances).
  • Fabiola Aguirre Scholarship Fund
    Supports full or partial scholarships for female students (preferably from Latin America) studying environmental science.
  • Latin American Archaeology Program Fund
    Provides fellowships (primarily for students from Latin America) to pursue PhD studies in archaeology and publishes a series of bilingual volumes on archaeological research in Latin America.
  • David B. Houston Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America Scholarship Award Fund
    Provides a cash award to students who demonstrate a clear professional commitment to social issues in Latin America.

To make a donation via the Internet with a credit card:

  1. Click here and fill out the first page of the form.
  2. Continue to the second page and check the box or write in for "Center for Latin American Studies" 
  3. In the box under the sentence "Please specify below if this gift is being made as a memorial or in honor of an individual or for any other special instructions", type the name of the fund to which you would like your donation applied. See above for the list of Programs/Categories options for donations.
  4. Thereafter, simply follow the instructions provided to complete the donation by credit card.

To make a donation by check:

Please print the CLAS Gift Form, make your check payable to “University of Pittsburgh” and send the check and form to:

Center for Latin American Studies
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 USA


With a minimum commitment of $10,000, an endowed fund may be established and named in honor or memory of the donor, a designated person, or an entity. Please contact or call 412-648-7398, for further information regarding this donation option.