Amigos Honors Ruston Academy Alumni with Henry King Stanford Award

Amigos Chair Aldo Leiva and Chris Baker, of the Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, during the presentation of the 2014 Henry King Stanford Award at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion.

The Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection recently presented the 2014 Henry King Stanford Award to a group of Ruston Academy alumni, who two years ago established an archive for their school at CHC. The Ruston Academy is now the eighth recipient of the Stanford award, named after the University’s third president and first chair of the Amigos.

Since the alumni organization established the archive in 2012, former students and faculty have joined forces in donating their mementos to help preserve the legacy of the school, a bilingual academy located in Havana, Cuba, that ran from 1920 to 1961.

“The Ruston Academy has been an unwavering, generous, and creative partner in increasing awareness of the Cuban Heritage Collection, its missions, and its programs,” said Amigos Chair Aldo Leiva at the award ceremony on November 8 at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion.

Leiva spoke at the event about how the Ruston Academy has enhanced the Collection by helping to preserve the history of the school and of private education in Cuba, but also in other ways: The generosity of individual former Rustonians has led to gifts totaling over $40,000 since 2013, gifts that have supported oral history interviews and the CHC Fellowships program.  “Their support makes it possible for CHC to award scholarships to doctoral students from across the United States who need to make use of the Cuban Heritage Collection’s rich resources,” Leiva said.

The CHC established its Fellowships program in 2010 with funding from a grant from The Goizueta Foundation and additional support from the Amigos. Thanks in part to gifts from Ruston Academy and individual former students, CHC was able to make awards for the 2014-2015 academic year to twelve PhD candidates from institutions such as Vanderbilt, Georgetown, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Miami.

Leiva gave special recognition at the award ceremony to Arturo Gutierrez, whose family made a donation to CHC, the first gift the Collection received in support of continuing the Fellowships program beyond the initial grant-funded period.

The Amigos have presented the Henry King Stanford Award each year since 2007. The award recognizes an individual or group who provides outstanding service and dedication to CHC’s mission. Click here to learn more about the award and past recipients.