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LARES Graduate Scholar Award

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will be accepted starting March 2023 through April 2023.

The LARES Graduate Scholar Award was established to support the academic success of Latino students pursing a post-baccalaureate 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:

  • In completing your application, you will be prompted to answer the following questions:
    • Describe your professional aspirations. How will you use your degrees to serve as a change agent for the Latino community? (300 words)
    • Discuss your involvement / leadership with the Latino community and/or UIC campus activities. (250 words)
    • 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