Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Américo Paredes Endowed Scholarship

A world-renowned scholar of folklore and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Américo Paredes established an intellectual and institutional legacy that endures to this day. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Professor Paredes was instrumental in the founding of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and served as its first director. The Américo Paredes Endowed Scholarship was established to honor his lasting impact on students and the academy.

Each year continuing students (graduate and undergraduate) in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) with demonstrated commitments to research and/or social justice may apply for this scholarship.

Award amounts vary based on need and available funds. All awards will be made on a one-time basis and cannot be renewed. Also these awards are considered part of a student’s financial aid package and must be reported to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.


Awards will be made to students who meeting the following criteria:

  1. enrolled full-time;
  2. majoring in MALS, or enrolled in the PhD Program or Graduate Portfolio Program in MALS;
  3. making significant progress toward their degree;
  4. demonstrate leadership ability; and
  5. have contributed to the University and/or Latino community.

Financial need shall be a consideration. Previous winners are not eligible.

Application Process

To apply, complete the application form and upload a Letter of Application (2-page maximum) that explains the following:

  • Your demonstrated commitment to research and/or social justice, specifically in relation to Latino Studies and/or the U.S.-Mexico borderlands
  • The circumstances that merit financial assistance

The application deadline is Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Apply Here.

Questions regarding the Paredes Endowed Scholarship can be directed to Luis Guevara