In 1973, in honor of the ideals and principles of equal opportunity and social justice in education, a group of Chicana/os comprised of members from the community and University of Utah students, staff, and faculty initiated the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund at the University of Utah. Committed to all students of diversity who promote the cultural pride and tradition of the Chicana/o-Latina/o community, the Chicana/o Scholarship Fund recognizes and assists students in their undergraduate and/or graduate education endeavors. The Chicana/o Scholarship Fund awards a number of scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will be entering their freshman year at the University of Utah and undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Utah.

Eligible students are selected on the basis of family background, scholastic effort and involvement in community activities that promote cultural pride and strengthen the Chicana/o-Latina/o 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, AND
  • A resident of the state of Utah (minimum of 5 years).
  • Eligible to receive federal financial aid, OR
  • A Dreamer (with or without DACA) who graduated from a high school in Utah.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit:

  • The Chicana/o Scholarship Fund Application (with personal statement),
  • Official academic transcripts, and
  • Two letters of recommendation.


Students who are selected to receive a scholarship or other financial aid that is administered by the University of Utah after July 1, 2009, are required by state law to certify under penalty of perjury that they are eligible to receive the scholarship as a U.S. citizen or a citizen of another country who is lawfully present in the United States. If you do not know whether you are lawfully within the United States, you should seek the advice of an immigration attorney before filing a scholarship/financial aid application.

Dreamers (with or without DACA) must have graduated from high school in Utah to be eligible for the award.