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

Dorothy and Rudy Martinez Family Scholarship in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies ($1000 award)

Through the generosity of UT alumnus Mike Martinez, founding partner of Edge Resources in Ft. Worth, the department will award an annual scholarship in the name of Mr. Martinez’s parents, Dorothy and Rudy. This scholarship will be given to an outstanding student majoring in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. 

Eligibility:

Students interested in applying must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 and be enrolled as a Mexican American and Latina/o Studies undergraduate major for the coming academic year.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a two-page (double spaced) essay that examines the growing Mexican American/Latino High School dropout rate and includes what the applicant thinks can be done about the problem.

Deadline: 

November 1, 2020.  

Apply Here. 


Américo Paredes Endowed Scholarship ($1000 award)

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.

Eligibility:

Students interested in applying must be enrolled full-time; majoring in MALS or enrolled in the MALS PhD program or Graduate Portfolio program; making significant progress towards their degree; demonstrate leadership ability; have contributed to the university and/or Latino community.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a two-page (double spaced) essay that demonstrates your commitment to research and/or social justice, specifically in relation to Latino Studies and/or the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. 

Deadline: 

November 1, 2020.  

Apply Here. 


MALS Professional Development Award  (up to $500)

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) offers financial assistance designed to help current undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin complete their studies and go on to successful professional careers. This financial assistance was established by former UT President Bill Powers and his commitment to the students, faculty, staff, and community that MALS serves. It is intended to support the professional development of enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at UT Austin. Recipients must demonstrate superior qualifications and be completing a program of work consistent with the scholarly aims of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. 

Ideally, the award would be applied directly by MALS toward the travel costs for a student to attend a major professional meeting to present an original paper or to travel to a research site in the continental United States to conduct research in support of a thesis or dissertation project. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, these funds will be treated as “research stipends” and awarded directly to students so they can apply them toward conference participation or conducting research.

Eligibility:

The award requires that recipients be enrolled in either the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies or the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the online application;
    • Upload a cover letter that describes the benefit that this award will provide your research and its relation to MALS;
    • Upload verification of your research-related activity. This document can be a copy of your correspondence with the research site, a confirmation of registration or acceptance to a conference, etc.
  2. In order for your application to be considered complete, we must receive an email or letter from the student's academic advisor or coordinator in their home department stating that they will NOT be receiving departmental assistance for this same research-related activity. This email should be sent directly to the Academic Program Coordinator, Luis Guevara, at lvg@austin.utexas.edu.  

Deadline:

All application materials, including confirmation from your home department, must be received at least 30 days prior to the intended use by the student.


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