Awards & Scholarships


Jeff Garcilazo Fellowship/Scholarship Fund

Established in honor and memory of the late Chicano/Latino Studies and History professor, the Jeff Garcilazo Fellowship/Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for students to examine the historical and contemporary experiences Chicano/Latino communities. The Jeff Garcilazo Prize is awarded annually to undergraduate student author(s) of the best research paper(s) in Chicano/Latino studies.

Donations can be made by completing the Donations to Jeff Garcilazo Fellowship/Scholarship Fund form. In advance, thank you for your anticipated contribution and we look forward to adding your name to our list of donors:

  • Jose and Leilani Alamillo
  • Anna Carricchi-Lopez
  • Ralph and Carol Cicerone
  • Louis DeSipio
  • Maya K. Dunne and John Dombrink
  • Stephanie A. Fetta
  • Alex and Toni Garcilazo
  • Manuel and Stella Ginez
  • James and Ruth Given
  • Manuel and Genet Gomez
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA)
  • Lynn Mally and Robert Moeller
  • Alejandro Morales
  • K.C. and Georgette Nicolaou
  • Nick Renteria
  • Jess L. Romo
  • Nancy Lee Ruyter
  • Heidi Tinsman
  • Veronica Vargas
  • Anne Walthall
  • Christina Woo

2013-14 Jeff Garcilazo Fellowship/Scholarship Fund Announcement submission deadline: May 23,2014


Manuel N. Gomez Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship supports promising UC Irvine students who have participated in an academic enrichment, academic outreach and/or academic preparedness program as a prospective student or as a currently enrolled UCI student. The program must be sponsored in whole or in part by the University of California or a comparable state, federal or privately funded program.

2013-14 Manuel N. Gomez Endowed Scholarship Application deadline: April 9, 2013


Vicki L. Ruiz Award

UCI Chicano-Latino Studies Department Faculty Nomination is required for this award. Students are not eligible to apply or nominate themselves or other students for this award.

This award has been named and established in honor of the trailblazing Chicana historian, Vicki L. Ruiz.

Dr. Ruiz is a professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies, and joined the UCI faculty in 2001. She has served as chair of the history department, director of K-12 outreach programs Humanities Out There and the UCI History Project, and most recently, as Dean of the School of Humanities at UCI.

Dr. Ruiz’s research encompasses 20th century U.S. history, Chicano/Latino history through oral narratives, gender studies, labor and immigration. She is best known for her extraordinary monographs Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth Century America. In 2006 she co-edited Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, a three-volume set with more than 600 entries and 300 photographs.

Dr. Ruiz was the first Latina president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Studies Association. She currently is a fellow of the Society of American Historians, member of the national advisory board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Growing up in Florida, the daughter of Robert Mercer and Ermina Ruiz, Dr. Ruiz's love for history comes from her family. As a severely asthmatic child, she spent many days at home with her mother, who told her stories of her own Colorado girlhood, during which she became the sole supporter of her mother and two sisters.  She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in social sciences from Florida State University in 1977 and her doctorate in history from Stanford University in 1982, and has held teaching and research positions at Arizona State University, Claremont Graduate University, UC Davis and the University of Texas at El Paso before coming to UCI.

Dr. Ruiz has been the recipient of countless awards and prizes, and in 2005 was named one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by U.S. e-news networks.

The department of Chicano-Latino Studies faculty are invited to nominate graduating undergraduate students who have achieved scholarly excellence and service in the face of much hardship for this award. The vision and dedication driving this student’s accomplishments and resilience are meant to honor and continue the extraordinary legacy and strides of Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz.


Excellence in Chicano/Latino Studies Awards

  1. Outstanding Undergraduate Student Researcher and Promise in Chicano-Latino Studies Award:  Graduating UCI undergraduate students who have successfully completed a distinguished and sustained trajectory of original primary research experience that advances our investigation and understanding of the Chicano-Latino experience within and beyond UCI under the supervision of department of Chicano-Latino Studies faculty are eligible for this award.
  1. UCI Building Puentes-Bridges Award for Exceptional Commitment to Chicano-Latino Undergraduate Student Service and Community Life:  Graduating UCI undergraduate students who have undertaken a demonstrated and exemplary commitment to establishing and/or strengthening puentes-bridges in the form of student service, cause, and/or entity that advances the growth, retention, and community life of the Chicano-Latino student population within and beyond UCI are eligible for this award.
  1. UCI Abriendo Caminos/Charting Pathways Award for Dedicated Commitment to Chicano-Latino Undergraduate Student Civic Engagement and Diversity:  Graduating UCI undergraduate students who have developed, promoted, and implemented caminos-pathways in the form of on and off campus programming and/or other activities and interactions that have enriched and nurtured awareness, knowledge, and relationships in support of civic engagement and diversity among and between UCI undergraduate students and the surrounding UCI community are eligible for this award. Such sustained forms of civic engagement must reflect a commitment to strengthening the diversity of community life among the Chicano-Latino community within and beyond UCI.

 2014 Awards Application deadline:  4:00pm, Monday, May 5, 2014  




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