Cesar E. Chavez Graduate Scholarship Announcement


Cesar E. Chavez Graduate Scholarship Announcement

Let Your Voices Be Heard

The Second Annual Cesar E. Chavez Graduate Scholarship Competition

The Cesar E. Chavez Graduate Scholarship Competition is specifically designed to give graduate students the opportunity to submit critical scholarly work that focuses on a wide range of issues that pertain to equity, diversity, social justice, and human rights.  Diversity is defined and understood as referring to subjects/issues that pertain to traditionally underrepresented and historically oppressed populations, primarily ethnic and racial minorities, women, LGBTIQ persons, and persons with disabilities.

We welcome graduate research papers and critical essays from all disciplines that shed new light on the topic(s) under consideration.  We encourage, when possible, original work.   The minimum award is $500.00.  Winners will have the opportunity to present their work at a virtual award ceremony in the spring. The competition is open to all currently enrolled graduate students matriculating at UCCS, except for previous Cesar Chavez winners.

All entries will be judged according to the quality of the work and the relevance to the scholarship’s central themes. One entry per student or student team. Undergraduate and Graduate entries will be judged separately.


  • Submit all written work via email to Sarah Elsey at graddocs@uccs.edu
  • All entries should be research based, not based on opinion or anecdotes
  • Be sure to provide a critical analysis of all quantitative or qualitative research
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a word-processed entry form, which is available on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website: https://diversity.uccs.edu/scholarships
  • All submissions should include a fully developed abstract, which contains the title of the submission, a clear thesis and establishes the relevance of the submission to the competition’s themes; however, the abstract should not include your name.
  • All submissions should conform to the citation/permission system appropriate to the student’s discipline.
  • If your research includes human subjects you must have IRB (Institutional Review Board) training.
  • Students should be sure to include page numbers, as well as the paper/essay title, on the submission form and abstract, as well as on the entry itself.  Your name should not appear on your submission.
  • Grammar, syntax and writing mechanics are important
    • Be sure to proofread your paper.
    • Thesis and methodology should be clear.
  • Include a bibliography and complete list of works cited. 

Margins: One-inch borders.

Font: Times New Roman, size 12.

Length: Up to 20 pages (double-spaced); does not include endnotes or work sited/bibliography. 

All entries must be submitted by 12:00pm on Monday, March 1st 2021 and will only be accepted via email: graddocs@uccs.edu

For more information, please contact Sarah Elsey at graddocs@uccs.edu, 719-255-3417; or the DEI Office at EDI@uccs.edu


Entry Form Link

*Students are encouraged to utilize the resources at the Writing Center.