Family and Friends of Hugo Salazar

Family and Friends of Hugo Salazar

This scholarship was created in 2009 by family, friends, and colleagues in memory of Hugo Salazar and his 30 years of service at Grand Valley State University. Hugo joined Grand Valley in 1965 as a Spanish professor and was the university’s first baseball coach. Later, his wife Laura joined Grand Valley’s communication department where she taught theater for 33 years. Hugo began his life in Alma, Michigan where he graduated from Alma High School. After serving two years in the US Army Corp of Engineers, he earned his BA degree from Alma College, and later an MA degree from Michigan State University. His teaching career began at Coleman High School and later at Avondale High School in Michigan, teaching Spanish and coaching football. As rigorous as he was as a teacher, Professor Salazar wanted his students to love Spanish lands and literature as much as he did. He packed his classes with drills, tests, drama, song, jokes, food, and travel.

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“The Hugo Salazar Memorial Scholarship will support me in my academic year long adventure abroad in Spain. I am so excited to bring back this reverse engineering of the language to my peers and future students. I will further be able to maximize upon my time in Spain, and hopefully elsewhere in Europe, and return to Grand Valley as a more diverse and culturally aware learner.” -Lauren Hamberg, Junior

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