LARES Graduate Scholar Award

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted starting Friday, September 18, 2020 through Friday, November 6, 2020

The LARES Graduate Scholar Award was established to support the academic success of Latino students pursing a post-bachelorette degree from UIC. Candidates are considered based on merit, leadership, and commitment to the Latino Community. The $2,000 award must be applied toward tuition, fees, and educational related expenses.

• Must be a Latino student who is currently enrolled in a UIC master’s or doctoral degree program.
• Must have a minimum graduate G.P.A. of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
• Must be enrolled full-time (at least 9 credit hours) in a graduate program.
• Must maintain a full-time course load during the semester the award is distributed.
• Must be eligible for in-state tuition.
• Holders of F-1 student visas are ineligible.

To be considered for this award, students will need to:
• Complete the LARES Graduate Scholar Award online application.
• In completing your application, you will be prompted to answer the following questions:
o Describe your professional aspirations. How will you use your degrees to serve as a change agent for the Latino community? (300 words)
o Discuss your involvement / leadership with the Latino community and/or UIC campus activities. (250 words)
o Discuss your current financial situation including financial hardships if applicable (i.e. unemployment, medical expenses, etc.). (200 words)
• Submit resume.
• Submit one letter of recommendation on official letterhead from a professor who can comment on your academic potential. Letters should be e-mailed directly to the Dr. Mitzi Ramos ( with “Graduate Scholar Award Committee” in the subject line.

For more information, contact Dr. Mitzi Ramos at (312) 996-3356 or

Apply Here!