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Cecilia L. Johnson
   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. It provides funds for graduate student researchers who wish to come to the University of Florida to work in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida.

Application is open to all graduate students at higher institutions of learning, with special attention to students coming from a distance. Recipients recieve an award of $1000 to help defray travel expenses. Researchers are required to spend at least one week (five working days) on the University of Florida campus making use of materials in Special Collections at the George A. Smathers Library. Funds are disbursed at the time research is conducted.

Preference will be given to students who are currently working on an article, thesis, or book dealing with some aspect of Florida history, or in which Florida is a major component of research. Research into the history of citrus is especially welcome but all applications will be considered. Applications will be reviewed by a judging panel composed of archivists and historians at the University of Florida.

Previous Recipients (Cecilia L. Johnson Award, 2009-2011):


Robert Hutchings (Carnegie Mellon) for research on his dissertation Agriculture, Environment, and the Transformation of the Florida Orange Industry in the Twenieth Century. Hutchings is currently an assistant visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon.

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.


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.


Christopher Wilhelm (Florida State University) for research on the creation of Everglades National Park. Wilhelm is an assistant professor of history at Coastal College of Georgia.

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.

The next round of applications for the Chase Family Grant will open October 1, 2017. For general 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. The Chase Family Grant is maintained through an endowment created by the Chase family. The University of Florida and the George A. Smathers Library gratefully acknowledge all those who made this award possible.

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Updated January 4, 2010