Scholarship & Award Opportunities

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American Culture (AC) offers two scholarships/awards every year.

In the fall semester, all majors and minors within our unit (American Culture; *Latina/o Studies; Digital Studies; Native American Studies; Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies; and Arab and Muslim American Studies) are eligible to apply for the Joel S. Siegel Scholarship.

In the winter semester, all currently declared majors and minors in American Culture or one of its *Ethnic Studies Programs are eligible to compete for the annual AC Writing Award. Please see below for more information.

Joel S. Siegel Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to an American Culture student with financial need and who best represents the potential for excellence in our program. Calls for applications are sent out to all majors and minors every fall, with the application deadline in mid-November.

Eligibility
All undergraduate students (majors and minors) in American Culture/Ethnic Studies are eligible to be nominated for the award by a faculty member or they may self-nominate if they wish.

Format
Please submit a 2– to 3–paragraph biography that also includes your academic and professional goals to the undergraduate program coordinator.

AC Writing Award

Each year, American Culture awards two $500 prizes to all currently declared majors and minors within our unit (American Culture; Latina/o Studies; Digital Studies; Native American Studies; Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies; and Arab and Muslim American Studies) for the best essays on a topic related to the field of American studies/ethnic studies. 

Writing Award Application/Information


Questions? Please e-mail the undergraduate program coordinator.

Past Writing Award Winners

2012 Winner

Amara Lopez, "Notions of Home Beyond the Field"

2013 Winners

Jasmine Reyes, "Violence and Agency In Lorraine Hansberry's play Les Blancs"

Lorna Mosher, "To be Attractive and a Comedienne"

2014 Winners

Carlina Duan, "I am Not a Geisha"

Kavitha Iyengar, "The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: Creating the Mexican-American Frontier"