Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies
Sam Z. Coronado Student Poster Scholarship

Sam Z. Coronado Student Poster Art Scholarship Contest 2020

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin, is proud to announce that the annual Sam Z. Coronado Student Poster Art Scholarship Contest is no longer accepting submissions

For the 2020 contest results, see below! 


In the late 1960s, Chicano student activists, inspired by the fearlessness of the Civil Rights Movement, began to demand representation from their university in the form of Mexican American topics added to the curriculum. Thanks to their collective action, The Center for Mexican American Studies was established at The University of Texas in 1970, just as many other ethnic studies programs were being instituted around the country. In the fifty years since, we've added a formal academic department and research institute, but as Latino Studies at UT, we embody the same bold, scrappy spirit that formed our legacy. In academic year 2020-2021, we plan to honor this legacy with a series of 50th anniversary events and campus activations. In anticipation of this momentous occasion, we're looking for submissions that pay homage to our history, manifest our signature fearlessness in the face of ignorance, and embrace our thoroughly modern and non-traditional sensibilities. This artwork will live on in various forms throughout the next year and half, meaning this student scholarship is as much about making a lasting impression on the visual archive of our department as it is about winning.

Eligibility & Guidelines

We invite all full-time enrolled UT Austin undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major or college, to submit an original poster design. The winning entries will be determined by a blind jury process. 

Artists must adhere to the following specifications in submission design:

  • Maximum image size 16 X 22 inches vertical or horizontal.
  • Maximum three (3) colors on white paper/background/support (black counts as a color.)
  • Digital images must be at least 300 dpi.

  • Text must be bold and no smaller than 12 point.
  • For original paintings: Must be accompanied by high-resolution (300 dpi or greater) .jpeg or .pdf image of the work.

Artists should submit entries in electronic form here. If you are also submitting a hard copy, please deliver original artwork to the Department of Mexican American Studies (MALS) office on the second floor of the Gordon-White Building (GWB 2.102).


The deadline for submissions was on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Please note that the winning entry becomes the sole property of Latino Studies and that students may submit multiple entries but only place once.


Scholarship awards will be granted—regardless of citizenship or documented status—in the amounts of:

$1000 for First Prize

$750 for Second Prize

$500 for Third Prize

In addition, all three winners will receive print reproductions of their work. The first prize entry will also receive 10 additional prints for their own distribution. 

For further information, please contact Natasha Saldaña, MALS Senior Academic Coordinator, at (512) 471-2134.


2020 Results

First Prize

First Prize--Diane Campos

Second Prize--Maricella Yolanda Kaples

Third Prize--Anna Sing

Honorable Mention--Aracely Lara