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Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Scholarship

At a glance
Number Awarded: 
One award annually
Amount Awarded: 
$25,000 plus full base tuition and student health insurance
Application Period: 
Funding Type: 
Cash Award/Stipend
Tuition Award
By Application
Eligibility Category: 
Domestic Doctoral Students


In honor of Dr. Maria Teresa Velez, Associate Dean, University of Arizona Graduate College, and her lifelong commitment to promoting graduate student diversity and inclusion and pushing for the highest of excellence, the Graduate College established the Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Scholarship. This award is given annually to a doctoral student who, through their teaching, research, or outreach and service, has demonstrated a commitment to furthering diversity in education, higher education, and the community at large.

Award amount:

The award consists of $25,000 plus full base graduate tuition and student health insurance (excluding mandatory registration fees and any differential tuition) for one year only. The selected Fellow may not hold concurrent graduate assistant/associateships or student wage positions or defer the award for the following year.


Application Deadline: to be announced for 2022-23 academic year


NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2021-22 (updated November 13, 2020)


The applicant must be:

1. Domestic graduate student (U.S. citizen or permanent resident),

2. Admitted to a main campus doctoral program at the University of Arizona (UA Online, JD, MD, DVM, and Pharm-D students are not eligible to apply), and

3. in good academic standing.


Please submit the following using the online application. The applications will be reviewed and one recipient will be selected annually by a committee of UA faculty and staff.

  • Two (2) page essay describing your goal(s), effort(s) and accomplishment(s) in contributing to or achieving increased diversity and inclusion in education, higher education, and the community at large (please format as single spaced, 12 point font, with 1” margins all around)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the UA is required. The letter should address the diversity and inclusion experience of the applicant. Letter maybe uploaded at online application site by applicant or emailed separately to Dorian Voorhees
  • Make sure your name is on each page of the document

Please contact Dorian Voorhees, Associate Dean, Graduate College, at or 626-6908.