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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

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time (12+ credits) undergraduate student during the Fall 2018 semester
  • Students must be in good academic standing with a recommended minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.00) at the time the scholarship is awarded
  • Submission of one letter of recommendation on letterhead from an advisor, counselor, professor or administrator (a maximum of two letters may be submitted)
  •  All majors are eligible
  • This scholarship is nonrenewable
Application Procedure
Applications will be considered INCOMPLETE and will not be processed if any of the following are missing.
  • Dr. Arias Scholarship Online Application Form All supporting documents must be uploaded when submitting the application. The application system does not allow you to save your work and return to it at a later date.
  • Writing submission: short story, essay or academic writing assignment. (Maximum 500 words). The essay is an important part of the Dr. Arias Scholarship Application Form. It must be submitted online by clicking the button labeled "Upload your personal essay.”  We recommend you write and proofread your essay before starting the online scholarship application. The instructions for the essay are listed below in the "Personal Essay" section.  
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation At least one letter must be written by a current or past teacher or faculty member who can speak about the applicant's academic experience, community service, and leadership activities. All letters must be on letterhead, signed, and sent as an attachment in PDF format to ilache.scholarship@gmail.com – subject line: Recommendation – applicant Last Name, First Name. Please give your recommenders plenty of notice to write a letter on your behalf.  
  • Transcripts unofficial college transcripts are acceptable and can be uploaded in the Transcripts section.
Personal Essay

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


  • 11/08/2017 8:06 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    Complete online applications with all required supporting documents must be submitted no later than midnight (Central Standard Time) on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. 

    The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) is pleased to offer two $1,000 scholarships to Latino/a students in Illinois who exhibit outstanding commitment to learning, community service, and leadership. ILACHE is an action oriented, independent advocacy group for Latinos in higher education in the areas of access and equity as it relates to employment, college admission representation, and educational legislation in the State of Illinois. An eligible applicant must be an Illinois resident who is an undergraduate college student currently enrolled full-time at a two or four-year regionally accredited college or university in the State of Illinois. Graduating high school seniors can apply but must be registered as a full-time student at an Illinois college or university in the Fall 2018 semester before the scholarship funds are disbursed. 



  • 02/22/2017 11:28 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) is pleased to offer two $1,000 scholarships to Latino/a students in Illinois who exhibit outstanding commitment to learning, community service, and leadership.

    Complete online applications with all required supporting documents 
    must be submitted no later than midnight (Central Standard Time) on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

    https://form.jotform.com/70265244167152

  • 04/12/2016 10:08 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)

    The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) is pleased to offer two $1000 scholarships to Latino/a students in Illinois who exhibit outstanding commitment to learning, community service, and leadership. ILACHE is an action oriented, independent advocacy group for Latinos in higher education in the areas of access and equity as it relates to employment, college admission, and legislation in the State of Illinois.

    Complete online applications with all required supporting documents must be submitted no later than midnight (Central Standard Time) on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.


    https://form.jotform.com/52856465371160

  • 02/10/2015 11:51 AM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)
    The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) is pleased to offer two $1000 scholarships to Latino/a students in Illinois who exhibit outstanding commitment to learning, community service, and leadership. ILACHE is an action oriented, independent advocacy group for Latinos in higher education in the areas of access and equity as it relates to employment, college admission, and legislation in the State of Illinois.

  • 02/07/2014 3:33 PM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)
    The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) is pleased to offer two $1000 scholarships to Latino/a students in Illinois who exhibit outstanding commitment to learning, community service, and leadership. ILACHE is an action oriented, independent advocacy group for Latinos in higher education in the areas of access and equity as it relates to employment, college admission, and legislation in the State of Illinois.


  • 02/06/2014 12:12 AM | Sandy Lopez (Administrator)
    This opportunity is open to undocumented/ DACAmented high school seniors & current undergraduates attending or planning to attend an accredited non-profit public/private institution in Illinois or outside of Illinois. Students must posses a 2.5GPA+ and meet the requirements of the Illinois Dream Act. Deadline March 15, 2014. To apply visit http://www.illinoisdreamfund.org/

  • 12/12/2012 8:26 PM | Monica Teixeira

    The world is constantly changing, and with that change, come great challenges and opportunities. The last few decades were witness to an extraordinary period of growth of the undocumented immigrant community. Regardless of what lies ahead, we are certain of one thing; access to education for undocumented immigrants, is essential for the growth of Illinois and this nation. Tomorrow’s leaders will need to be able to be great thinkers, possess both wisdom and depth of understanding. And they must have a profound sensitivity to people’s needs and motivations.

    The Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship seeks to create access to financial resources to further the growth and development of the immigrant leaders of tomorrow. With the generous support of private donors, the Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship provides monetary assistance to undocumented students, who are incoming freshmen or current undergraduates and possess at least a 2.5 GPA (4 point scale). For more information, please visit our website.


    Tanya Cabrera, Chairman

    Illinois Dream Fund Commission

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