The Rigoberta Menchú Scholarship


Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a human rights activist from Guatemala. She primarily focuses on Indigenous women's rights since the Guatemalan Civil War. Rigoberta Menchú also does a lot of work on promoting indigenous rights in the country of Guatemala. The Rigoberta Menchu scholarship will provide one Oakes student with $1,500 to the BayTree Bookstore in order to support them with school supplies.

This scholarship was started by Karina De Leon Montes, Oakes Senates Executive Chair, as her legacy item to Oakes College.

This scholarship will be awarded to ONE recipient per academic year. The scholarship recipient will be selected by a scholarship committee made up of Oakes Senate CPC, Senior Director, & Associate Director, and Oakes Senate Chair.

Application for this year has closed


  • Oakes College Affiliate
  • Good academic standing (2.0 & above)
  • Must be enrolled in the Quarter following the application period 


This scholarship will open the third week of the Fall Quarter and will close the eighth week of the Fall Quarter. The scholarship recipient will be chosen by the committee and notified during Winter Break and or the beginning of the Winter Quarter.

Scholarship Opens: Monday, October 31st, 2022
Scholarship Closes: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022, @ 11:59 PM (No exceptions or late applications will be reviewed)
Scholarship Review Period: November 23rd, 2022- December 2nd, 2022.
Scholarship Recipient Notified of award: December 5th, 2022 via email. [CLOSED]

Past Recipients  

2021-22 Recipient: Lupe Martinez

Lupe Martinez

Hi everyone, 

My name is Lupe Martinez. I am a first-generation college student who is in their 5th year at UCSC! I’m an Oakes affiliate - GOOO OOOAKES!! I am a double major in MCD Biology & Education, Democracy, and Justice. Once I graduate, I will become a Genetic Counselor [manifesting], a health care professional specialized in genetics and counseling to help individuals and families assess their risk for inherited conditions such as genetic disorders or birth defects. I aspire to promote more equity and inclusion in the profession, but more importantly, to expand genetic counseling services and bridging cultural differences in genetic care for low-income, LBGTQ+, disabled, and BIPOC communities. As for outside of school, I currently work at the UCSC COVID-19 Testing Center and as a Programs Assistant for the Genomics Institute. I am honored to have received the Rigoberta Menchu award. I want to thank Oakes College for helping support my path towards higher education. It means so much to me and mi familia! 

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