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Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Scholarship

At a glance
Number Awarded: 
2 awards available for 2023-24
Amount Awarded: 
$25,000 plus full base tuition and individual student health insurance
Application Period: 
for 2023-24 academic year
Funding Type: 
Cash Award/Stipend
Tuition Award
By Nomination
Eligibility Category: 
Domestic Doctoral Students


In honor of Dr. Maria Teresa Velez, former 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 individual 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: September 15, 2022


Eligibility information for 2023-24 nominations 

Applicants must be nominated by their UA academic unit (one nomination per UA doctoral program only). Applicants may not apply directly. The Director of Graduate Studies or the Graduate Coordinator of the nominating program should fill out the application and upload the required documentation noted in the instructions section.

The nominee must be:

  • Domestic UA doctoral student (U.S. citizen or permanent resident),
  • 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
  • In good academic standing with a current cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

Application instructions for nominations 

Applicants must be nominated by their UA academic unit (one nomination per UA doctoral program only) via the online application. Applicants may not apply directly.

UA Directors of Graduate Studies or Graduate Coordinators should submit the following using the online application (one per UA doctoral program). The applications will be reviewed and one recipient will be selected annually by a committee of UA faculty and staff.

  1. Two (2) page essay from the nominee describing goal(s), effort(s) and accomplishment(s) in contributing to or achieving increased diversity and inclusion in education, higher education, and/or the community at large (please format as single spaced, 12 point font, with 1” margins all around).  
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. 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 may be uploaded at online application site by applicant or emailed separately to Donna Treloar, Director, Graduate College Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  4. Make sure the nominee’s name is on each page of the document

Please contact Donna Treloar, Director, Graduate College Diversity Initiatives, 520-621-7808