The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is now accepting applications for the Ismael "Mayo" de la Rocha Scholarship. UCSB Alumnus Cástulo de la Rocha ('73) and his wife, Zoila Escobar, established this scholarship to memorialize the legacy of Cástulo's cousin, Ismael "Mayo" de la Rocha (B.A. History, 1973). During his time at UC Santa Barbara, Mayo was a student activist leader who played a major role in the founding of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. He then dedicated his life and career to the advancement of these principles, as an educator and community leader. Mayo taught Chicana/o Studies and History at Ventura College for 40 years.
Mayo de la Rocha passed away on August 15, 2015. The Ismael "Mayo" de la Rocha Scholarship pays tribute to Mayo's dedication and commitment to the Chicana/o/x community. This scholarship aims to keep Mayo's legacy alive by supporting students from working-class backgrounds who wish to further their education in Chicana/o/x Studies at UCSB.
ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION CRITERIA:
Each awardee will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
Applicants must be Chicana and Chicano Studies Majors.
Applicants must have a 2.50 minimum GPA.
Applicants may identify as a member of a traditionally underrepresented or historically disenfranchised student population, including, but not limited to Black/African American, Asian, Chicanx/Latinx, Indigenous, Native American, Alaskan, Hawaiian, Multi-Racial, LGBTQ, First-Generation college student, people with disabilities, DACA recipients, and/or students who have been formerly incarcerated or system impacted.
Transfer students are highly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must come from an economically and/or educationally disadvantaged background and demonstrate financial need.
Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to social justice efforts such as through community service, student organization participation, activism in community and/or university activities, art, music, and/or research experiences.
Past awardees cannot reapply for the scholarship.
Applications will be reviewed by the Ismael "Mayo" de la Rocha Scholarship committee. Applications are due on October 14th, 2022 by 11:59 PM. Awardees will be notified of their selection no later than October 21st, 2022.
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT EXPECTATIONS:
Awardees will be asked to write gratitude letters to share with donors.
Awardees will have the opportunity to attend events and engage with UCSB alumni and donors.
Completed online application
Short responses (250 words max each--see below)