LLS Major Scholarship
Award Theme: "The Legacy of '92"
A broad coalition of student activists and their allies pushed the University to respond to the underrepresentation of Latina/Latino students and faculty and the lack of institutional and intellectual support for Latinas/Latinos on campus in 1992. Students called for the University to address the low retention of Latino students on campus, to incorporate scholarship on Latinos in the general curriculum through the establishment of a Latina/Latino Studies Program, and to address campus climate issues in relation to ethnic diversity. In 1996 due to the tireless efforts of students and allies the Latina/Latino Studies Program was established. The Program was reorganized into the Department of Latina/Latino Studies in 2010. The Department of Latina/Latino Studies currently has 9 faculty and a dozen faculty affiliates and offers an undergraduate major, undergraduate minor, and graduate minor.
This award recognizes the memory of this historical moment. Since the mobilizations of 1992, the Department of Latina/Latino Studies has grown into a vibrant academic unit that trains students to be competent interdisciplinary scholars who critically examine the impact of Latinos in the social world. This award recognizes a Latina/o Studies major who is achieving excellence in the classroom and making an impact in their community. The recipient of the scholarship will receive a one-year $1,500 award to be credited to their University Financial Account for 2014-2015.
Eligible students must be a declared Latina/Latino Studies major who will be enrolled as a continuing student in 2014-2015. Students must be making adequate progress towards their degree. The recipient should have a strong academic record with a GPA in Latina/Latino Studies of at least 3.0.
- Fill out an application form.
- Provide an official or unofficial transcript.
- Provide one confidential letter of reference by faculty or staff. The letter should be signed and provided in a signed and sealed envelope.
- Submit an essay answering the following questions:
- Why did you choose to major in Latina/Latino Studies?
- How will you use or have you used the material you are learning in Latina/Latino Studies outside of the classroom?
- How are you serving or will be serving the Latina/o community on or off-campus through your leadership or skills
Applications should be submitted by April 18, 2014 to:
- LLS Major Scholarship
- Department of Latina/Latino Studies, MC-136
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1207 West Oregon
Urbana, IL 61801
For further information about the scholarship, contact the Department of Latina/Latino Studies at (217)265-0370.