Group photo of CSP students at the Chicano Link End of the Year Banquet

Awards and Honors 

We honor the high achievement of our students. By shining a light on their success, we celebrate their triumphs and show future generations all they can accomplish.

Each year, we recognize outstanding Chicano/Latino graduates at our annual Chicano/Latino Graduation Banquet held during spring quarter.

We present four awards during the ceremony. Categories are: Outstanding Academic Achievement, Campus/Community Service, Outstanding Academic Achievement and Campus/Community Service, and the Graduate Student Award.

Factors that will be evaluated when selecting award-winners include intent to attend graduate school, career objectives, employment, honors and awards, and community and campus involvement.

You can nominate students who have excelled academically and/or have made significant contributions to the Chicano/Latino community by completing the nomination form and returning it to Chicano Student Programs by the deadline indicated.

Including a personal statement or letter of recommendation is also helpful for the award selection committee.

For further questions, please contact Arlene Cano.


These special awards are presented at the annual Student Affairs Awards Ceremony, which takes place in June. The awards recognize students in all grades for their excellence in academics, leadership, service and overall dedication to the Chicano/Latino community.


The Inland Empire Scholars Program provides a $3,000 scholarship for four years to 37 UCR students from the Inland Empire. Students receive support services aimed at retention to ensure that they persist and graduate with a bachelor’s degree. HSF serves as the project coordinator and UCR provides direct services to the students. All recipients also join the HSF Scholars Chapter at UCR.

For application information including deadlines, please email Estella Acuña or call (951) 827-3822.

See the third cohort of the Inland Empire Scholars Program.


Dr. Manuela and Mr. Randy Sosa Scholarship Fund Endowment will award $500, $1000, and $1500 scholarships to Hispanic students planning to attend a college or university in the fall. Scholarships are available to all Inland Empire and Riverside Hispanic students who are currently high school seniors or students currently enrolled as full-time in a college or university; graduate students included. Applications are accepted between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1. US citizenship is not required

For application information, please stop by the Chicano Student Programs office in Costo Hall, email, or visit this resource page.


Student organization PODER creates a safe environment for students who identify as undocumented/AB 540. It also holds the responsibility to educate fellow students, youth, the Riverside community, and faculty at all educational levels, about laws that allow undocumented students to continue their education. 

Each year, PODER (with support from generous donors such as UCR Alumni, Ofelia Valdez Yeager) offers scholarships to students who identify as AB 540, do not qualify for federal or financial aid, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and demonstrate community involvement. For application procedures and deadline, please see the Ofelia Valdez-Yeager Scholarship application. 


The MEChA Alumni Association has established a scholarship fund to recognize the academic and community achievement of students who promote “Chicanismo,” a concept that “integrates self-awareness with cultural identity [and includes all] those who acknowledge and work toward the betterment of La Raza.”

The MEChA Alumni Association awards five scholarships of $500 each to multiple types of students including high school and transfer students planning on attending UCR, those currently enrolled at UCR, and different types of students who identify as undocumented, DACAmented, or AB540. Each applicant must meet specific GPA and other requirements. Please email Estella Acuna for more details.