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   Chase Family Grant for Visiting Graduate Scholars

The Chase Family Grant is made possible through an endowment created by members of the Chase family, pioneers in Florida citrus growing. Its purpose is to enable graduate students to conduct research in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History at the George A. Smathers Library, University of Florida.

Applicants should be enrolled in a graduate program leading to the masters or doctoral degree and actively engaged in research on Florida history or research that incorporates Florida as a major focus. Application is open to all graduate students at higher institutions of learning. Preference will be given to students coming from outside of the State of Florida who require on-site access to library materials.

Awardees are required to spend at least one week (five working days) in Special Collections at the George A. Smathers Libraries. One grant will be made annually for a maximum of $1000 to help defray travel expenses.

Applications for 2019 open on October 5, 2018. Applications must be received via email by 5:00 PM Eastern on Friday, November 30, 2018. Announcement of award will be made in January 2019. For information on how to apply see the Application Instructions or contact James Cusick at

This fund was originally established in honor of Cecilia L. Johnson, with further support in memory of Joshua C. Johnson.


Previous Awardees


Chase Family Travel Grant

Awards for 2018

Aubrey Lauersdorf (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) for research on her dissertation about the Apalachee Indians of Florida and their place in the Southeast during colonial times.

Cecilia L. Johnson Award

Awards for 2011

Robert Hutchings (Carnegie Mellon) for research on his dissertation Agriculture, Environment, and the Transformation of the Florida Orange Industry in the Twenieth Century.

Diane M. Boucher (Clark University) for research in support of her dissertation about colonial Fernandina, Florida. Boucher was awarded her doctorate in 2014 for her dissertation Networks and Empires in the Maritime Borderlands: East Florida, 1763-1811.

Awards for 2010

Cameron Strang (University of Texas, Austin) for research on scientific knowledge on the Florida frontier. His article "Indian Storytelling, Scientific Knowledge, and Power in the Florida Borderlands," William and Mary Quarterly, October 2013, won the Richard L. Morton Award. Strang is an assistant professor in history at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Clark Barwick (Indiana University, Bloomington) for research on Zora Neale Hurston and Florida jukes. Barwick is a lecturer in the Kelley School of Business, University of Indiana.

Awards for 2009

Christopher Wilhelm (Florida State University) for research on the creation of Everglades National Park. An article based on this research, "Conservatives in the Everglades: Sun Belt Environmentalism and the Creation of Everglades National Park," was recently published in the Journal of Southern History. (82:4) 2016.

Jonathan DeCoster (Brandeis University) for research on early colonial alliances and rivalries among the native peoples of Flordia. DeCoster is an assistant professor of colonial and early American history at Otterbein University, Ohio.

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Updated October 5, 2018