Transform Dolores Huerta Scholarship for Social Justice Community Engagement

Award amount: Up to $5,000.

Dolores Huerta is known for her involvement and leadership with the United Farm Workers (UFW) during the 1960s and 1970s. While the UFW was a major part of Huerta’s life work, she has also founded or led other community service organizations that address matters of racial segregation; police brutality; working conditions and socioeconomic conditions of farm-working families; and women’s representation in government, among other issues.

Because of her outstanding activist work, Huerta was featured as the University of Utah’s 2008 Women’s Week keynote speaker. At that time, Dolores Huerta donated her honorarium to the department of Gender Studies for the creation of a scholarship. Transform is now excited to expand the Scholarship to reach all students majoring in Ethnic Studies and/or Gender Studies.

This scholarship will facilitate our own student-leaders’ efforts to put ideas from the classroom into forceful motion to change the world.

The Transform Dolores Huerta Scholarship specifically will provide financial assistance to undergraduate students who are participating in community-engaged, social justice work via an internship or a project of their own design. These funds will support undergraduate students majoring in one of Transform’s programs—students who might not be able to pursue their internship/project without this crucial financial support. The scholarship will aid the selected students to serve and gain valuable experience in the community.

Students will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to community engagement, service, and social justice and on the project/ internship’s potential impact on the student’s learning and professional development.

Students must work through the Transform Internship Program for internship placement and credits as appropriate. For full consideration, application for the Huerta Scholarship should be submitted after internship placement, but no later than July 15.

More details on the application process will be announced here.