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Apply for the 2021-2022 Chicano Scholarship Fund!

The Chicano Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors (who will be entering their freshman year), current/renewal undergraduate students, and 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 Chicanx/Latinx community. Financial need may strongly influence the final selection. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be:

  • Admitted to the University of Utah as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • A resident of the state of Utah
  • Eligible to receive federal financial aid, or a Dreamer (with or without DACA) who graduated from a Utah high school

2020 CSF Celebration

This year, due to the pandemic, we are unfortunately unable to hold our annual reception. Instead, we are sharing videos of our 2020-2021 recipients that will highlight their stories and successes!


Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Chicana/o Scholarship Fund recipients! Get to know what our recipients are studying, what this scholarship means to them, and their motivation.

Marisol Perez Gonzalez

Master of Public Administration
By receiving this scholarship, I'm able to continue to finalize my studies here at the U and continue to give back to my community in different ways.

I'm always very motivated by my mom.

Blanca Fabiola Cisneros

Master of Social Work
This scholarship allows me to pursue my dreams, but also to give back to my community. Additionally, it's a validation of all the work I've done and all the work our community does. That to me is very special, and I'm so grateful to be here.

Outside of my parents, brother and sister, la comunidad motivates me. Pero, not just the academic and local community, but also las comunidades that helped us get thus far. My familia in Mexico, and la comunidad that helped them thrive, laugh, and love. Additionally, las comunidades we have built y las comunidades we have yet to build. The comunidades that our youth will build and the comunidades that will outlive all of us. This has always and continues to light my fire.

Sinndy Rios

Major: Honors Political Science and Sociology
Receiving this scholarship allows me to help the undocumented community and allows me to focus on community work instead of working multiple jobs to pay for tuition. This provides me ample time to dedicate to research or involvement in areas that will help elevate the voices of undocumented immigrants and first-generation students.

What motivates me: My parents, family, and community motivate me to continue my educational journey. All their sacrifices ensure an opportunity to pursue a career where I hope to create change for future generations. The necessity to represent the Latino culture in various institutions is imperative to create inclusive systems that work for the people. I hope to become an immigration or civil rights attorney where my work will continue to be influenced by the support from my family and community.

Jasmine Garcia

Major: Environmental Geoscience, Environmental & Sustainability Science
When I received a notification email that I got the scholarship I was really happy. I was already feeling the impacts from COVID-19 and receiving very little hours, so this scholarship really gave me hope to continue my education without having to apply for a loan.

My family motivates me to do more than what I am comfortable with, which has helped me gain confidence even during difficult times. I am grateful for the support my siblings have provided for me to continue achieving above and beyond. I am passionate about scientific research regarding water quality as well as looking for ways to achieve environmental justice in marginalized communities, including our community in Salt Lake City. When I combine research and social studies, I can start identifying strengths and capabilities rather than problems our community has and use them to make our community healthier and happier.

Janet Reyes

Major: Psychology, Positive Psychology Certificate
Minor: Sociology
Receiving the Chicana/o Scholarship means a lot to me and my family, because I can be able to keep going in my studies and accomplish my dreams and goals in life.

My biggest motivation is my parents. They have always been there giving me all their unconditional support. Motivating me to become a better version of myself. They are my greatest example of perseverance, resilience, effort, and hard work. My parents have sacrificed so much for us, coming to a country that was unknown to them. Which is why I want them to feel proud of my accomplishments. Knowing that their sacrifices were not done in vain. My passion about how we can use positive psychology in our daily lives to motivate ourselves and our loved ones, being resilient when we face difficult times, have self-compassion, and self-love among others, I know has impacted my family to live a happier life. I feel motivated to learn more about other topics such as discrimination, race/ethnicity, equal opportunities, culture, society, and higher education and be able to put them into practice. Such as helping college students from different backgrounds. I myself have felt discrimination and know how hard it is to learn a whole new language. I wish to create a welcoming environment for students full of support and be the guidance I know I needed in my most difficult times. My family and I came to this country with a mind full of dreams and thanks to the Chicano/Chicana Scholarship, I can make them happen.

Gabriela Villalobos

Major: Sociology, International Studies
Receiving this scholarship impacts my life, because it allows me to do more than just dream and actually do. Being here at the University of Utah as a student has been a life-long dream of mine since I was a little girl. I grew up in a financially unstable family. Being able to come to this university and receive this scholarship doesn't only help me and my family, but future generations to come.

There are so many people who motivate me to push hard - to fight back - to speak up; these people include my family.. the community.

Paola Linette Cervantes

Major: Political Science, Latin American Studies, International Studies
Thanks to this scholarship, I was able to declare a third major. I am proud to be a chicana recipient, and I'm happy to continue my undergraduate education here at the University of Utah.

Mi más grande motivación ha sido mi familia,amigos, profesores y mentores. Todas estas personas han sido un gran apoyo a lo largo de mi carrera académica. Cada consejo y cada oportunidad que me han brindado ha sido crucial en mi formación académica y profesional. También algunos miembros de la comunidad Latinx han sido un gran apoyo y un gran ejemplo para mi. Ellos siempre han confiado en mí y me han dado el apoyo necesario para continuar estudiando y hacer lo que más me gusta, sin importar que tan difícil sea el camino.

Reyna Elizabeth Tovar-Solis

Major: Social Work
Being at the U has been an amazing experience. I love the community, and being in a community with diverse Chicano and Chicanas.

My motivation is seguir adelante a pesar de todas las dificultades y pruebas de la vida. I have been working with students for the past three years. These students have impacted my life by being able to see them grow and share their stories with me. Knowing they count on me Working with kids has also been a motivation of mine to be able to see them grow and share their stories with me has motivated me to want to do better to ensure I will be able to help others make a change in their life. These students have been my motivation to get to work and continue with my day when things get rough along my journey.

Michael Anthony Gonzalez

Major: Operations & Supply Chain
This scholarship impacts my life tremendously. Working a job which pays minimum wage for part-time every week isn't really going to pay for a higher education, so this scholarship really means the world.

My motivation is driven by the people around me, I want to make the world a better place than what it is and the way to get that done is by the help of society around me.

Alec Serrano

Major: Games
Being at the U, I feel proud. I honestly didn't feel I would get here, but here I am. Receiving this scholarship means I can pursue higher education, continue my education after high school, and go on to greater things.

My parents are my motivation. They've always pushed me to do my best and have taught me why education is so important. By coming to this country, my parents have sacrificed so much and have given me the educational opportunities they themselves didn't have, and I won't let their sacrifices be in vain. They've been my biggest supporters throughout my education and I want to make them proud.

Melissa Medrano-Lopez

Major: Biology
Receiving this scholarship and even being considered as a recipient was such a great blessing to me and my mother. She has been a single mother raising me and my brother. I feel she has done so much for me, and this was a way of giving back to her.

My mother has been my biggest supporter throughout my life. Which makes her my biggest motivation to continue to pursue a higher education that she wasn't able to obtain. She has made sacrifices to give me a better future that she wasn't able to have. She has given me and my brother everything when she came here with nothing. That's why everything I do and hope on becoming is for her and my brother that have given me unconditional love and support. To become the first generation to graduate high school and even have a chance of going to a university. My family motivates me on becoming the person I always dreamed of becoming and not the person I have thought less of.

Yexalen Barrera

Major: Chemistry - Pre-Med Track
I'm personally really grateful for this scholarship, because it allows for me to continue my education and show that being a first-generation latina college student is possible.

What motivates me is my passion for learning and the idea that I can make a change. More importantly my family is a big source of my motivation. I will never be able to fully thank my mom and sister for the sacrifices they have made for me. They both taught me the value of hard work and persistence when things in life get difficult. They taught me to be proud of my cultura. I want to demonstrate education is possible as a first generation Latina college student. Go beyond the set biases and expectations.

2019 – 2020

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Chicana/o Scholarship Fund recipients! Get to know what our students are studying at the U and what motivates them.

Brenda Leon Lopez

Lois and Archie Archuleta Scholarship Award

Major: Criminology, Peace & Conflict Studies, Sociology
My mom is my biggest motivator because she is the one who has dedicated her entire life to helping me succeed. She keeps me grounded and continues to light up my desire to pursue my educational journey. I am most passionate about challenging the status quo through the lens of someone in a community with limited resources. Through this challenge, I can begin changing the way we are threated in “the land of the free”.

Miriam Thalia Flores

Lois and Archie Archuleta Scholarship Award

Major: Fine Arts with Graphic Design Emphasis
My parents have motivated me to continue my educational journey. They have always supported me in everything I have accomplished in my life. Mis padres han sacrificado mucho por mi y hoy me toca sacrificar por ellos. I am passionate about representing my community and promoting social justice through my artwork. Artivism has allowed me to capture moments of resistance and resilience that exist within our communities. At a personal level, art has also allowed me to explore what it means to be Latinx and how to support social justice struggles in marginalized communities.

Katherine Abarca

Helen Papanikolas Scholarship Award

Master of Social Work & Master of Public Administration
Individuals who have motivated me are my parents who demonstrated and instilled in me resiliency, passion, and compassion. My work colleagues, community, and friends that support my personal and professional goals. I am passionate about achieveing racial justice and supporting marginalized youth. I have experienced educational inequity and know what it is like to need support and opportunity.

Gerardo Hernandez-Perez

T.E. Castillo Scholarship Award

Major: Elementary Education
Myself, family, friends, and community motivates me to continue my educational journey. I am looking forwrad to this academic year because I will be finishing courses for my major, which means I will be a steap closer to graduating. I am passionate about helping others. The support I have received through the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund has encouraged me to focus more on my career to become an elementary teacher.

Brenda Garcia Granillo

Valencia Michelle Chavez Memorial Scholarship

Major: Business Marketing
My family has sacrificed so much to live and thrive in this country; I wish to compensate them with my journey through higher ed. I am most passionate about my education and the power that it holds. Being able to represent my community of Hispanos y indocumentados inhigher education is something I take so much pride in.

Chrisina Guerrero Perez

Gilbert Martinez Scholarship Award

Major: Writing and Rhetoric
What motivates me is myself and family because I hope for our family to continue to grow and join the journey to offer more opportunities within our next generations. I am passionate about helping others within my community because I wish I was offered support going through my education pathway.

Andrea Daniela Jimenez Flores

Ernesto Gonzalez Memorial Award

Major: Communication and Sociology
My parents have always motivated me to be the best that I can be and have always encouraged me to excel regarding my education. Neither one of my parents went to high school, but they managed to give my sisters and me everything they could. They have sacrificed so much for us, and I really want to make them proud. I am most passionate about social justice. As a DACA recipient, I know what it feels like to be oppressed and face obstacles that you have no control over. My status has enabled me to become passionate about issues susch as immigration, racial injustice, female empowerment, gender equality, and more. It is my goal to become a civil rights attorney so that I can work directly with these issues and make a postivie change.

Oriana Canchumani

Pete Suazo Memorial Award

Major: Accounting
Minor: Information Systems
Mi familia. I want my mother to retire and have a home. She has sacrificed so much for my brother and me; it is the least I can do. Once I graduate and start my career in an accounting firm, I will be able to alleviate our financial burden. But the most exciting part of my educational endeavor is beig a role model for those to come after me. To prove that it can be done and that your past does not determine your future. I am passionate about lifting my community. As a Latin Woman, I have not had the same opportunities as my other White peers. And the challenges that come with being a first-generation student can be difficult enough. That is why I want to assist my Latino community so that they rise and be the best they can be.

Sinndy Rios

Patricia Diaz-Bazan Scholarship Award

Major: Political Science and Sociology
Minor: Ethnic Studies
My parents and family motivate me to continue my educational journey because of all they have had to give up coming to the United States. My community also pushes me to strive to accomplish my educational journey because of the need for representation in a different institution. I am most passionate about advocating for the undocumented community because that is something that I have been directly impacted. Especially right now because of the current political climate.

Rogelio Brambila Jr.

Ray Flores Memorial Award

Major: Anthropology, Biology, and Latin American Studies
Minor: Chemistry
My biggest supporters are my parents. My parents did not have the privilege to further their education, but they always encouraged me to pursue my educational and career goals. Even if they do not entirely understand how the higher education system works in the U.S., they still have my back. I am passionate about empowering underserved communities. I spent most of my life trying to hide my Mexican heritage and blend in with everyone else. It was not ubtil college that I realized how my culture and differences are strengths. At the U, I have spent a lot of time volunteering, staying involved with communities of color and underserved communities, which have helped shape my career goals. In the future, I want to work in medicine to serve immigrant families.

Gabriela Villalobos Olmos

Gladys Mixco Memorial Award

Major: Political Science and Sociology
Minor: Ethnic Studies
My family and my community motivate me to continue my educational journey. I am every part of my parent’s sacrifices, love, hard work, and sweat on their foreheads. My family and my community want more, and they deserve more. We want to be part of the table where decisions that affect us are being made. I believe nothing will stop us with our education and our unity. I am passionate about helping our communidad reach their fullest potential and have access to opportunities and resources that will allow them to thrive in all aspects of life because our success is America’s success. I am passionate about receiving an education as I owe it to my family and my community who have sacrificed so much in order for me to be here.

Pablo Francisco Cruz Ayala

Vicente Mayer Memorial Award

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Art Drawing
What motivates me is to set an example for my little sister who has gone through similar circumstances as myself. To be something for my litter sister to look up to and know that with hard work and dedication that someone like her can achieve greater things that what she is told to think. I am passionate about creating a community that helps and learns with each other. As it is something I had minimal support when I was growing up. I want to one day help build a space where people feel safe and cared for genuinely.

Maria de Jesus Garcia

Incoming New Student Chicana/o Scholarship Award

Jessica Reyes Bolanos

Incoming New Student Chicana/o Scholarship Award

Area of Study: Medical Field
Minor: Business
My family and I are the primary motivators in my life. I motivate myself because my education depends on me andy my family because they support me through this educational journey. I am passionate about having a better future for my family and myself. Give back for everything they did for me. I am also truly thatnkful for the opportunity the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund has granted my education.

Neidy Manzano

Incoming New Student Chicana/o Scholarship Award

Jennifer Adriana Salazar

Undergraduate Chicana/o Scholarship Award

Major: Gender Studies & Sociology
I am motivated by the activists and organizers throughout the world that have so much passion and love for their communities. I am also motivated by social change and work that will help create a better world. I love the quote by Angela Davis, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept.” I am passionate about social justice and humxn liberation for marginalized people. I want to be able to create spaces for marginalized folx to feel a sense of solidarity, comradery, and community, especially when navigating spaces that are systemically racist, homophobic, transphobic or harbor discrimination because of the hostile political climate fo the state and nation.

Wendy Vazquez

Undergraduate Chicana/o Scholarship Award

Major: Psychology/Criminology
Minor: Cognitive Science
Two years ago, I had a friend pass away. Before that, i was only interested in psychology. My friend, on the other hand, was passionate about the criminal justice system. We both as high school students pushed each other towards self-improvement and set college goals. The only difference between us two is that I can continue achieveing my goals. She was my initial motivation to learn about criminology and continue my college education. I will keep her legacy alive, as well as completing my dreams. It was not until I started watching the Sherlok Holmes TV show in Netflix that truly got me interested in my major field. The fact that Sherlock was able to decipher crime scenes and know how to pick at people’s minds really fascinated me. The human brain can never truly be understood, and that is what makes me passionate.

Reyna Escalera Villegas

Graduate Chicana/o Scholarship Award

Area of Study: Advanced Standing Social Work
There are many individuals who motivate me, such as; my family, firends, my mentees, my mentors, myself, and everyone that surrounds me. Why? Because I do not want to let them and myself down. I do my best for all of us! I am most passionate about social justice and basic human rights for everyone because through my volunteering and being part of my community, I have seen how many of the social policies affect our community.

In Memoriam of Robert “Archie” Archuleta

The Chicana/o Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees is saddened by the loss of advocate, activist, teacher, and friend Robert “Archie” Archuleta on Friday, January 25th, 2019. Archuleta spent decades of his life advocating for the advancement of the Chicana/Chicano community in Utah. He leaves behind his loving wife of over 60 years, Lois, and five children.

In September of 2018, the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees presented Archie with the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund Legacy Award at the 43rd annual Chicana/o Scholarship Awards Reception. The Legacy Award recognizes outstanding individuals for their efforts to promote and strengthen the cultural pride and tradition of Chicana/o community in the state of Utah. “Archie is a remarkable and tireless advocate for the Latino people and community. I’ve known Archie since 1982 when I began my career in education. Since then, I’ve watched him advocate, support and fight on behalf of the Latino community with dignity, humility, tenacity and
success. He will always be my mentor and a well-respected leader in Salt Lake and beyond.” Patrick Garcia, Chicana/o Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees Member, August 17, 2018.

In order to continue to honor Archie’s legacy, the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees has established the Archie and Lois Archuleta Chicano Scholarship. The award will help fund the academic studies of upcoming young activists at the University of Utah. “I am thrilled that Archie’s legacy will continue to live on and that he and his wife Lois will continue to impact upcoming community activist with the Archie and Lois Chicano Scholarship award.” Debbie Rocha, Chicana/o Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees Past Chair, February 7, 2019.

The amount of the Archie and Lois Archuleta Chicano Scholarship award is yet to be determined. The Archuleta family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund. The funds donated will go towards the Archie and Lois Archuleta Chicano Scholarship Award.

Chicana/o Scholarship Archive

This album contains memorabilia of the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund (CSF). A scholarship fund established in 1973 by Ateneo (Chicano Faculty and Staff Organization) and the Chicano Student Association to fund scholarships. Recipients are outstanding students at the University who have distinguished themselves through their academic achievement and community service. Recipients may be incoming freshmen, undergraduate, graduate or professional students. 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.

The album was compiled and owned by Board Member Margie Victoria Delgado and was loaned to the Marriott Library in 2013 for the purposed of creating a digital facsimile. The content and photos are dated back to 1973 through 2000.

2018 – 2019

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Chicana/o Scholarship Fund recipients!

Read about our students’ experience at the U so far and their favorite quote.

Adrian C. Pozernick

Ernesto Gonzalez Memorial Award

So far I’m only at the beginning of my journey being a Chicano scholar. Yet, I feel that I have learned so much about who I am and what I represent. I have learned to embrace my race instead of feeling disgraced towards it. Favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world” - Gandhi

Andrea Cazares Rosas

Rey Florez Memorial Award

I attended the summer Business Bridge program this summer, it has allowed me to be exposed to the business world, for that I am grateful. Favorite Quote: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” - h. Jackson Brown Jr.

Brenda Garcia

Incoming New Student Chicana/o Scholarship Award

The Bridge Summer Program gave me a jump-start into college, which the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund contributed to. Favorite Quote: "Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly" - Frida Kahlo

Bryan Banuelos Jara

Incoming New Student Chicana/o Scholarship Award

Daniela Gonzalez-Pureco

Incoming New Student Chicana/o Scholarship Award

Thalia K. Tran

Incoming New Student Chicana/o Scholarship Award

I have had an amazing experience at the U. CESA has made me feel accepted and like I have a place at the U. Favorite Quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Adilene Bernal-Muñoz

Undergraduate Chicana/o Scholarship Award

My experience at the U has been good so far. The committee has been a great help with answering any questions that I have about transferring and the different clubs that I can join. Favorite Quote: “The future is Latina” - Unknown

Angie Camposano Meza

“Attending the University of Utah for about three years and being involved with student programs has helped me get out of my comfort zone. It has taught me to grow as a person and a leader. Favorite Quote: “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try” - Michael Jordan

Gerardo Hernandez-Perez

Vicente Villanueva Mayer Memorial Award

By majoring in Elementary Education, I plan to support students in low-income communities in providing accessible quality education. Favorite Quote: “Echale ganas a la escuela hijo” - Dad

Miriam Flores

Attending the U has been a great experience. I have met many people who have become a huge support system and a second family. For example, M.E.Ch.A. Because of this group, I have been able to grow and find the inner leader I have in myself. I have also been able to give to my community and learn about my Latinx/Chicanx/identity. Favorite Quote: “Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar” - Gloria E. Anzaldua

Valeria Escobar

Undergraduate Chicana/o Scholarship Award

My experience at the U has made me question myself, question my life, cry, laugh, and become a humble, more loving person. I’ve made friendships that I know for a fact will last a lifetime. Also, I’ve met some badass women. Favorite Quote: “I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” - Maya Angelou

Yerania Contreras

Gilbert Martinez Scholarship Award

Alessandra Zamora Holt

Helen Papanikolas Scholarship Award

The Diversity Scholars was probably one of the best things I’ve done in college. It helped find my place at the U, and I would say it kept me here as it prevented me from feeling isolated. I found community and some of my dearest friends in that program. Favorite Quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” - Albus Dumbledore

Flor Martinez

Valencia Michelle Chavez Memorial Scholarship

My time at the U has been great. I have learned so many new things and have met so many amazing people here. People who have guided me and have helped through hard times. The Chicana/o Scholarship has helped in getting to know many of the people on this campus. Favorite quote: “Of course I want to be successful but I don’t crave success for me I need to be successful to gain enough milk and honey to help those around me succeed” - Rupi Kaur

Jennifer Padilla

Undergraduate Chicana/o Scholarship Award

The U has been the place where I have learned to grow as I embrace my heritage as well as develop friendships and skills that will lead to life choices. Favorite Quote: “Show me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are” - Unknown

Sinndy Rios

Valencia Michelle Chavez Memorial Scholarship

The U has allowed me to become aware of my passion to motivate more Latinx students to continue with higher education. The U has also allowed me to become aware of the need for more minorities to be a part of professional careers. The Chicana/o Scholarship has given me the opportunity to begin and continue my journey with higher education. Favorite quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela

Yessenia T. Sontay-Ajanel

T.E. Castillo Scholarship Award

Having the privilege to be at the University of Utah is a reminder that I am here because of my family, my community, scholarships such as Chicana/o, and God. Their love and support has and continues to be my drive. Favorite Quote: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” - Matthew 17:20
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