David Jon Vaca Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

David Jon VacaThe $500 David Jon Vaca Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in American Studies, which is based on scholastic achievement and financial need, is awarded each semester. The scholarship is named in honor of David Vaca, an outstanding American Studies B.A. and graduate student who was killed in January 1986 when the car he was driving was hit while stopped at a traffic light by a driver fleeing narcotics agents. Generous donations from the Vaca family, American Studies alumni, and faculty have supported this scholarship for many years.

Who may apply: Any American Studies major who has earned 60 units overall, including at least 9 units in American Studies courses, and who has maintained at least a 3.5 GPA in American Studies courses. Previous applicants are eligible to reapply.

Application procedures: The application deadlines are usually in late September and late March. They will be announced at this web site and in classes. To apply you need to obtain an application form, which is available in the department office (UH-313) and on the department website. In addition to filling out the form, you are asked to submit a letter explaining why and how you would benefit from the scholarship. Letters should be addressed to the department chair, Leila Zenderland. It is perfectly appropriate to contact faculty members for advice on composing your application letter. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you should seriously consider applying; this scholarship is a distinct honor. And $500 can always come in handy.