Campus Awards


2020 LAS Awards

2020 UCCS Student Achievement Award

Professional Communication: Organizational and Strategic Planning emphasis
JayJay will give the student address at the Virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 15 at 1:00pm. JayJay Porcadilla is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational and Strategic Communication. He is a first-generation student, a Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Scholarship recipient, UCCS Student Body (SGA) President, Vice President of Community Service for his Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, former Resident Assistant, Residence Hall Association member, National Residence Hall Honorary writer, and Students Today Alumni Tomorrow Executive Board Officer. JayJay represented UCCS on regional, national, and international levels and has received presenter awards in leadership and diversity from the IACURH and NACURH conferences. During his role as the SGA president, JayJay not only discussed measures needed to create an inclusive environment at UCCS, but he also supported these conversations with initiatives and programming. He contributed numerous hours to assist in the completion of the campus inclusivity pledge, the UCCS Strategic Plan and the CU Strategic Plan. In the community, JayJay devotes his time to volunteering at many Multiple Sclerosis (MS) events around Colorado. This is in support of his mother who was diagnosed with MS and has inspired him through her strength and perseverance. Additionally, JayJay prides himself in being an advocate for Mental Health issues. As a survivor of attempted suicide, he believes in representing those who struggle and contemplate suicide. After graduation, he would like to continue his work around populations of underrepresented disabilities by becoming an event coordinator for a hospital or working as a communication specialist for leadership and development programs.

LAS Divisional Awardees

LAS Divisional Awardees
Each year the faculty from the disciplines which comprise the departments in the Humanities and the Natural Sciences choose to honor one graduating senior exemplifying outstanding scholarly work within that division.
Natural Sciences - Fall 2019 Graduate

2020 LAS Essay Scholarship

Junior (English Major; Theater Minor)
Students must write an essay for the following quote: “What if it's all a hoax and we've created a better world for nothing?” ― Naomi Klein. Each winner receives a $1250 award.
Sophomore (Pre-Pharmacy Major)

Rosa Parks Award

Submission: Dream a Little Dream of Me
The Rosa Parks Undergraduate Scholarship Competition was designed to give students an opportunity to express in any medium the ideals that Rosa Parks represents. Students are encouraged to explore their own ideas and opinions regarding principles and ideals such as equity, social justice, multiculturalism, diversity, and cultural pluralism; or issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ableism, social inequity, or injustice. The minimum award is $500. The award-winning entries will be published on the Equity, Diversity & Inclusiveness web page. All entries will be judged according to the quality of the work and relevance to the scholarship’s central themes.
Submission: I Don't Hate You But…..

Cesar E. Chavez Undergraduate Award

Submission: Deaf Individuals in Media:Creating/Challenging Ideas of Gender & Sexuality
The Cesar E. Chavez Undergraduate Scholarship Competition is specifically designed to give students the opportunity to submit critical scholarly work that focuses on a wide range of issues that pertain to equity, diversity, social justice and human rights. We welcome research papers and critical essays from all disciplines that shed new light on the topic(s) under consideration. We encourage, when possible, original work. The minimum award is $500.
Submission: "Mexico City and Global Ties: The 1960s Student Movements

Cesar E. Chavez Graduate Award

Outstanding Graduate Student - Interdisciplinary History
Michelle is from Tucson, Arizona. After moving to Colorado, she ran she own successful business for many years. She decided to return to school to follow her passion in the study of history and teaching. She received her teaching license and her undergraduate degree in History at UCCS. Her undergraduate thesis, “A March for Human Rights: The Madres de Plaza de Mayo and the US President Carter’s Administrative Multilateral Policies,” focused on grassroots activism within social justice movements. Michelle continued on in the History Master’s program and received the Graduate Cesar Chavez Award for her work titled, “Weaving a Web of Justice: Political Economy and Tradition in Mayan Cooperatives.” Her M.A. research focused on ethnic minority groups and indigenous peoples, with a focus on identity, recognition, and justice. Michelle hopes to continue researching, writing, and speaking to social and environmental justice around the world. As Dr. Forrest commented: "From our initial correspondence, Michelle challenged her soul into others’ historical humanity.” Michelle would also like to share her passion for history through teaching. If not for all the support and encouragement from the faculty, staff, and peers at UCCS, Michelle’s educational journey would not have been as positive and rewarding. Michelle would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one at UCCS.

Janice M. Gould Undergraduate Award

Submission: Personal Reflection: This Land was our Land

The Janice M. Gould Undergraduate Scholarship Competition is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to submit scholarly and/or creative work centered on a Native and/or Indigenous worldview, which embraces and fosters a way of knowing or consciousness that emphasizes the dignity of all living things, respect, humility, and gratitude, and the interconnections of all life and all life systems: land, nature and community.  Scholarly and creative submissions may address a range of subjects. Students are encouraged to explore themes such as the complexities of Native and Indigenous relationships to the land and its rich history; the idea of connectedness and relatedness; the sacred; sustainability and social or environmental justice; issues related to degradation of the earth; economic sustainability; the effects of climate change; protective legislation; NAGRA; and/or language recovery. Submissions can also explore Native and Indigenous history and/or cultural expression.  The minimum award is $500.  

UCCS Graduate Student Fellowship

first semester MA graduate student

UCCS Ron Wisner Human Spirit and Leadership Award

Political Science with a minor in Political Economy

Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Philip chose to attend UCCS because of its excellent academic programs and robust, student engagement opportunities. Throughout his UCCS experience, Philip has flourished--becoming involved with various student clubs and organizations, while serving as the Vice President of the UCCS Student Government Association (SGA) during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Philip has also worked in the MOSAIC office as the Community Outreach Coordinator, which has further enhanced his passion for public service. Upon graduation from UCCS, Philip will pursue a MA in International Affairs Global Governance, Politics, and Security at American University within the School of International Service.