On March 13, 1957, a group of students from the university of Havana launched an attack on the Presidential Palace in a bold attempt to overthrow military dictator Fulgencio Batista. The leader of the group, José Antonio Echeverría, who was also the President of the University Students Federation (FEU in Spanish) at the time, was slain by the police only steps away from the famous staircase leading into the University of Havana campus. He was only 24 years old.

To mark the 50th anniversary of this event, the family and friends of slain Cuban student leader José Antonio Echeverría donated $50,000 to establish the José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship fund at Florida International University. Although Echeverría was an architecture student, the family has decided to fund a scholarship in the Department of Political Science to encourage the new generation to become active participants in the current political enviroment and effective future leaders.

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Past Scholarship Winners
 
 
The First Jose Antonio Echeverria Scholarship Awarded

Joaquin A. Pedroso

MIAMI, FL (November 28, 2007) – The first Jose Antonio Echeverria Scholarship has been awarded to FIU student Joaquin A. Pedroso.

Pedroso, a senior with a double major in philosophy and political science is the first beneficiary of a scholarship created last March by the family and friends of slain Cuban student leader Jose Antonio Echeverria, to help mark the 50th anniversary of a bold attempt to overthrow military dictator Fulgencio Batista on March 13, 1957.

Jose Antonio Echeverria was the President of the University Students Federation (FEU in Spanish) at the University of Havana in the late 1950s. The Federation’s armed branch, el Directorio, carried out the attack on the Presidential Palace while Echeverria briefly took over a popular radio station in Havana to announce that Batista had been overthrown. The attack failed, and Jose Antonio Echeverria was killed by the police.

Although Echeverria was an architecture student, the family has decided to fund a scholarship in the Department of Political Science to encourage the new generation to become active participants in the current political environment and effective future leaders. Applicants are required to write an essay on the life and political thoughts of Jose Antonio Echeverria. To further encourage the study of the historical and political context of 1950s Cuba, the scholarship also requires applicants to complete a Certificate in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at FIU.

The Jose Antonio Echeverria Scholarship will award $2,000 each academic year to cover tuition, books and other educational expenses. Interested students can contact the Department of Political Science at 305-348-2226.

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Raul Perez

 

Raul Perez

MIAMI, FL (November , 2009)

José Antonio Echeverría was a Cuban democratic student activist who believed strongly in freeing his country from the dictatorship and corruption it was suffering under Fulgencio Batista. Echeverría died on the steps of the University of Havana in a shoot out on March 13, 1957, fighting along side his fellow students committed to removing a tyrant ruling Cuba by force and without legitimate authority. Echeverría was one of the great leaders the Cuban revolution who rallied students for a common goal and who sought democracy for his country.

The Jose Antonio Echeverria Scholarship will award $2,000 each academic year to cover tuition, books and other educational expenses. Interested students can contact the Department of Political Science at 305-348-2226.

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Jessica_Martinez

 

Jessica_Martinez

MIAMI, FL (November , 2010)

Durante la decada de 1950, Cuba atravesaba por tiempos turbulentos bajo la dictadura del Presidente Fulgencio Batista.La corrupcion,los abusos...

The Jose Antonio Echeverria Scholarship will award $2,000 each academic year to cover tuition, books and other educational expenses. Interested students can contact the Department of Political Science at 305-348-2226.

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Maryam Fernandez

 

Maryam Fernandez

MIAMI, FL (November , 2011)

Jose Antonio Echeverria "Un Martir Cubano

The Jose Antonio Echeverria Scholarship will award $2,000 each academic year to cover tuition, books and other educational expenses. Interested students can contact the Department of Political Science at 305-348-2226.

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Richard Denis

Richard Denis

MIAMI, FL (November , 2012)

"Man inherently belongs to a generation and every genertion is not installed in any place,but with great precision on the previous. This means that it is forced to live up to the times and expecially to the heitht of the ideas of the time"
Jose Antonio Echeverria's lifeless body laid for over two hours in the intersection of 27th of November and L Streets, ......

The Jose Antonio Echeverria Scholarship will award $2,000 each academic year to cover tuition, books and other educational expenses. Interested students can contact the Department of Political Science at 305-348-2226.

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Glenda Almela

Glenda Almela.

MIAMI, FL (November , 2013)

Glenda Maria Almela was born on December 22nd, 1992 in Havana , Cuba . She came to the United States at the age of nine with her parents and brother. She obtained her Associates Degree in Political Science with highest honors from Miami Dade College . She is currently working towards obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Cuban American Studies from Florida International University . In the future, she hopes to attend law school and specialize in litigations and Criminal Law.

The Jose Antonio Echeverria Scholarship will award $2,000 each academic year to cover tuition, books and other educational expenses. Interested students can contact the Department of Political Science at 305-348-2226.

Click here to view the winning essay.