Foreign Languages
        and Literature


Foreign Languages and Literatures Endowed Scholarship

The faculty and staff of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has set up an Endowed Scholarship fund. Through gifts and payroll deductions we are building an ongoing source of financial assistance for outstanding students in the department! Now you can help build the scholarship fund too! Purchase our Foreign Languages & Literatures T-Shirt (view information by clicking on the Apparel tab).  In addition, you may donate directly online or contact Stuart Golder at 775-784-1222 or

Ana Ciaburri Nickles Scholarship, Established 1994

Donor Information:
Ana Amelia Ciaburri was born in 1941 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Buenos Aires, having spent a year as an international scholarship student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She taught English at the Argentine Atomic Energy Commission , Esso Oil Company and the Argentine – American Cultural Institute. After Marrying Thomas Nickles, Ana came to live permanently in the United States. In 1975, she earned her master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Illinois, Urbana. She taught Spanish and occasionally French at middle and high schools in Princeton, New Jersey; Urbana, Illinois; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After moving to the Reno area in 1976, she taught at Pine and Traner Middle Schools and Reed High School.  Ana also authored Spanish language manuals for the university’s Division of Continuing Education. She was a gourmet cook and enjoyed music, ballet and world travel.

Student Criteria:

  • Spanish major with interest in Spanish/Latin American culture
  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Nickles Prize/Fuji Woon Award, Established 1964

Student Criteria:

  • Eligible candidates are selected by the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.
  • Eligible candidates must be the “student most accomplished in French Literature”.
  • Recipients must earn a minimum of 24 UNR credits per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and maintain full time enrollment each semester.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative UNR GPA for the duration of the award.
  • The scholarship is not renewable.

Gottardi Memorial Scholarship, Established 1995

Donor Information:
John R. Gottardi was an instructor of languages for 46 years. He was born in Truckee, California in 1899 and graduated from the University of Nevada in 1921. He taught at the Pershing County High School in Lovelock, Nevada prior to coming to the UNR campus to teach. His postgraduate studies were at the University of Mexico, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California. He taught Spanish and Italian in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and served as departmental chair for many years. Professor Gottardi was the recipient of the “Palmes Academiques” from the government of France and the Diploma de Altos Estudios from the University of Madrid. Professor Gottardi returned in 1965 and was given the rank of Professor Emeritus. He remained active in the University community for many years after he retired. The John R. Gottardi Memorial Scholarship was established by his grandniece, Florence M. Alcorn in 1995.

Student Criteria:

  • Major in a foreign language
  • Be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior and maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and at least a 3.0 in their major of study
  • Recipients shall take a minimum of 12 regularly scheduled UNR credit hours per semester
  • Preference shall be given to “native residents”. Second preference: residents of Sierra County or Nevada County, California



Each spring we honor our outstanding students at our annual awards ceremony, held in early May.

Award Ceremony Poster 2015