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Spanish Professor to use Textbook Royalties to Fund Endowment

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WRITTEN BY DAVID RYAN 

The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics has recently created a travel abroad endowment through the generosity of Maria Amores, a professor of Spanish. 

Amores is the first known faculty member in Eberly College history to use the royalties from her textbook to fund an endowment. 

The Maria J. Amores Travel Abroad Endowment will benefit students in the Spanish Program by providing them with the financial means to study abroad. This is an experience that is extremely advantageous for students studying a foreign language, but can be rather costly. 

“All students should have an experience abroad, but for foreign language students, immersing themselves in the language and culture that they are studying is indispensable to becoming proficient in their field,” Amores said. 

“That’s why I decided to donate this money. I know that there are many excellent students who cannot afford to study abroad, and I want to help them to grow.” 

Amores’ textbook, “Experience Spanish,” is an introductory book that integrates language and culture. It is used in all elementary and intermediate Spanish classes at WVU. 

“Maria is a leader and innovative thinker who was able to turn the success of her textbook and royalties into a fund to help expand her students’ educational opportunities,” Marnie Dacko, associate director of development in the Eberly College, said. “Her gift can be used as a model by other faculty members who are interested in creating a fund.” 

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“Maria is a leader and innovative thinker who was able to turn the success of her textbook and royalties into a fund to help expand her students’ educational opportunities.” 

— Marnie Dacko, associate director of development in the Eberly College