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:
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 Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies. She joined the UCI faculty in 2001 and has served as chair of the history department, director of K-12 outreach programs Humanities Out There and the UCI History Project, Dean of the School of Humanities, and most recently, chair of the Chicano/Latino Studies department 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.
The first in her family to receive an advanced degree, she earned a Ph.D in History at Stanford in 1982. She showed up for her first job at U.T. El Paso with a baby on her hip and another on the way. With an extensive teaching portfolio that began in El Paso and included stops at UC Davis, the Claremont Graduate School, and Arizona State, she takes great pride in her campus and community engagement activities. Taking her research beyond the classroom, Ruiz has contributed to numerous public history projects that have included documentaries, museum exhibits, oral history programs, high school workshops, and teacher seminars. Vicki L. Ruiz is currently president-elect of the American Historical Association.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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