In 1973, in honor of the ideals and principles of equal opportunity and social justice in education, a group of Chicana/os comprised of members from the community and University of Utah students, staff, and faculty initiated the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund at the University of Utah. Committed to all students of diversity who promote the cultural pride and tradition of the Chicana/o-Latina/o community, the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund recognizes and assists students in their undergraduate and/or graduate education endeavors.

The Chicana/o Scholarship Fund awards up to twelve scholarships in an academic year. Awards range from $2,500 to graduating high school seniors (who will be entering their freshman year), $2,000 to undergraduate students, and $1,500 to graduate students at the University of Utah. Eligible students are selected on the basis of family background, life challenges, scholastic effort and involvement in community activities that promote cultural pride and strengthen the Chicana/o-Latina/o community. Financial need may strongly influence the final selection.


50 Students

The CSF has awarded scholarships to 50 students. Since its inception, the…

$100,000 in Scholarships

CSF awards up to 12 scholarships in an academic year. Awards range…

100+ Volunteer Hours

Recipients have contributed 100's of volunteer hours to organizations at the U…


Applications for the Chicana/o Scholarship need to be submitted by February 1, 2019.


“I am a first generation student in my family, and I am glad that honor goes to me. I am able to open so many doors for others that come after me and be an example to those who thought it was impossible to get an education in this country.”

Chicana/o Scholarship High School Recipient


As a champion of extraordinary educational opportunities at the University of Utah, we believe your support to the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund can positively contribute to the personal, academic, and professional development of our scholarship recipients, who in turn will continue to make meaningful and everlasting contributions to society in the future. By pledging your support today, we can continue to help the students of tomorrow.


  • Allen W. Smart
  • Cindi A. Ortega
  • Club De Mujeres Latinas
  • Connie S. Tovey
  • Edward H Mayer, PhD.
  • Genaro M. Padilla
  • Gerald L. McPolin Highland High School Student Association
  • Helen and Nick Papanikolis Charitable Fund
  • Ibarra Foundation Isabel Bronzina
  • James A. Valdez
  • La Puente Restaurant Inc.
  • Louis A. Venegas
  • Manny C. Garcia
  • Maria E. Contratto
  • Mary Ann Morgan
  • Michelle K. Madden Phil H. Kirk
  • Philip V. Bernal
  • Ralph D. Astorga
  • Ramona Gonzalez
  • Bob Flores & Rose Gacnik-Flores
  • Robert T. Alires
  • Ronald G. Coleman
  • Rosemary Alvarado, Ph.D./Edward Trujillo Ph. D.
  • Ross I. Romero, Jr.
  • Utah Coalition of La Raza
  • Utah Foster Care Foundation
  • Vincent V. Mayer, Jr., PhD
  • Wayne Martinson/ Deb Sawyer