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.
Scholarship recipient will be selected by a scholarship committee made up of Oakes Senate CPC, Senior Director, & Associate Director and Oakes Senate Chair.



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


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

*** Because this scholarship was just created the timeline this academic year is different. Read closely for important dates/deadlines.

Scholarship Opens: Tuesday, January 12th 2021
Scholarship Closes: Tuesday, February 16th 2021, @ 11:59 PM (No exceptions or late applications will be reviewed)
Scholarship Review Period: February 17th, 2021- March 5th, 2021.
Scholarship Recipient Notified of award: March 8th, 2021 via email. 

Past Recipients  

Leila Namvar
Hello everyone, my name is Leila Namvar, and I am currently a freshman at UCSC. I am a part of Oakes College. Go OOOOOOOOAKKKESSS! I am a proposed major in human biology. When I graduate from my undergrad, I want to go to medical school and become a doctor. Currently, I am a part of the scholar's honor program and an admission assistant here at UCSC. I like to go to the beach, hang out with my friends and family, travel, and volunteer. I cannot wait to see where this scholarship will take me. I want to thank Oakes college for giving me The Rigoberta Menchú Scholarship. I appreciate this scholarship so much; it means a lot to me.

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