Scholarships

Financial Aid

To support the educational pursuits of our students,
the Ethnic Studies Department offers several scholarships:

Scholarship

Ethnic Studies Undergraduate
  • The Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Scholarship has been established to increase the understanding of diversity and social justice. It is an award given to an undergraduate student pursuing an ethnic studies major or minor.

Scholarship

Hiram and Trudi deFries
  • The Hiram and Trudi deFries Scholarship was established in 2014 to provide scholarship support for students’ intent on pursuing a career to ensure social and economic justice for Hawaiian Home Land communities and/or federally recognized tribes.

Scholarship

Ethnic Studies Graduate
  • The Ethnic Studies Graduate Scholarship has been established to increase the understanding of diversity and social justice. It is an award given to a second year graduate student pursuing an MA in ethnic studies.

Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Scholarship

History

Faculty, staff, alumni and friends recognize the importance of scholarships in encouraging students to aim for excellence. The generous gifts from individual members of these various groups allow us to provide financial support for students who have demonstrated superior achievements or skills, thereby encouraging their continued efforts and the overall atmosphere of vigorous research and creativity.

Criteria

  • Students pursuing a major or minor within the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Liberal Arts
  • Demonstrate financial need as established by the Office of Student Financial Services of CSU
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrate a strong interest and understanding of diversity and cultures including experiences with diverse populations and submit an essay addressing this understanding

Apply

  • The Colorado State University Scholarship application is available online from December 1 until March 1 of each academic year. To access the application:
    • Log into RAMweb using your eID
    • Look under Financial Information in the right hand column
    • Select “CSUSA” and fill in the form

Hiram and Trudi deFries Scholarship

History

When the Department of Ethnic Studies was the Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (CASAE) a bright, young woman enrolled in its program specializing in Asian American/Pacific American Studies. As a young Center, CASAE had only been in existence for three years when Tamar deFries Saronitman, a student with a strong mind, a heart of gold, and a streak of activism, graduated (1997) with a certificate in Asian American/Asian Pacific Islander Studies. Tamar went on to receive her Master’s from University of Hawaii, Manoa, started a family, and is now principal of Pacific Growth Associates, a certified Community Development Entity specializing in New Market Tax Credits. Tamar’s work closely follows the tenets extolled in the mission of Ethnic Studies: “to challenge paradigms that systematically marginalize the experiences of diverse populations. In doing so, we bring to bear issues of power, privilege, and social justice pertinent to aggrieved groups in the United States and abroad. We are especially committed to nurturing civic-minded and culturally informed students who strive to strengthen communities and bring meaningful change in public policy and social life.”

Tamar follows a long line of CSU graduates: Tamar’s father, Hiram deFries, played football for CSU and graduated in 1963 with a business degree; her grandfather graduated in 1932 with a degree in mechanical engineering; Ray Clapper, her uncle, graduated in 1969 in economics; Phillip Dougherty, her uncle, graduated with a Bachelor’s in natural science in 1962, and a Master’s in chemistry in 1966.

Tamar’s establishment of the Hiram and Trudi deFries Scholarship is borne out of her great love for CSU, and for the work of the Ethnic Studies department. This scholarship will, in perpetuity, assist students engaging in community work or advocacy in the area of Socioeconomic Development, especially for those students hailing from Hawaiian Home Lands established under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921 or Federal Indian Reservations in the continental United States.

Criteria

  • Full-time ndergraduate or graduate Ethnic Studies major/minor
  • Good academic standing
  • Demonstrates prior or intented community work or advocacy in the area of Socioeconomic Development
  • Preference shall be given to students who can demonstrate Hawaiian Home Lands residents or students with a Federal Indian Reservation residency

Apply

The Colorado State University Scholarship application is available online from December 1 until March 1 of each academic year. To access the application:

  • Log into RAMweb using your eID
  • Look under Financial Information in the right hand column
  • Select “CSUSA” and fill in the form

Graduate Scholarship

History

The graduate student scholarship will be awarded for the first time this spring for academic year fall 2019/spring 2020.

Criteria

  • Graduate student in their second year and/or beyond enrolled in the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University
  • Major in Ethnic Studies
  • Financial need as established by the Office of Student Financial Services at CSU
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 GPA
  • Prepare an essay that conveys: Financial need for degree completion, status of their project/thesis, and steps needed to complete degree

Apply

The Colorado State University Scholarship application is available online from December 1 until March 1 of each academic year. To access the application:

  • Log into RAMweb using your eID
  • Look under Financial Information in the right hand column
  • Select “CSUSA” and fill in the form