Dr. Berta Arias Writing Scholarship!
About Dr. Arias
The Berta Arias & ILACHE Writing Scholarship is made possible through the sponsorship of Dr. Berta Arias, the founding president of the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education. The award recognizes the academic and writing accomplishments of Latinos/as and encourages them to continue to integrate written communication as a central component of their professional and creative development.
In addition to a $500 monetary award this scholarship provides an opportunity to benefit from the mentorship of an experienced writer. Awardees are invited to interact with Dr. Arias by sharing ideas and obtaining feedback on current and future writing projects. There may also be possibilities for other opportunities such as attendance at regional or national conferences and workshops.
Two one-time $500 scholarships will be awarded annually to those with a focus and passion for writing. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 (scale of 4) to apply. Winners will be selected based on writing potential. A 500-word essay on one’s writing interest and/or the importance of writing in their future plans and professional career of the applicant. In addition, applicants are required to submit a writing sample such as a short story, essay, or academic paper, not to exceed 2,500 words.
In addition to the monetary award, recipients will have access to Dr. Arias who will work with scholarship winners to develop their professional writing goals and enhance their writing. Winners may be asked to attend writing workshops and conferences (any associated expenses may be covered).
The application and all supporting documents must be submitted to ILACHE by Saturday, February 20, 2018 by 11:59pm Central Time
The personal essay is an important component of the application and is equivalent to an interview. The personal essay should address the following question (500 words maximum) and be uploaded online with your application.
Essay Topic: How did I become interested in writing and/or what role will writing play in my professional career?
Deadline & Announcement of Scholarship Winners: 2019 deadline TBD