Rosa Parks Undergraduate Scholarship Announcement


Rosa Parks Undergraduate Scholarship Announcement

Let Your Voices Be Heard

The Nineteenth Annual Rosa Parks Undergraduate Scholarship Competition


The Rosa Parks Undergraduate Scholarship Competition was designed to give students an opportunity to express in any medium the ideals that Rosa Parks represents (see below*). 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*.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled undergraduate students matriculating at UCCS are eligible to participate in this competition with the exception of previous Rosa Parks Scholarship winners and anyone who is a professional (defined as one who has been paid for any type of creative work).

Awards: The minimum award is $500. Winners will have the opportunity to present their work at an award ceremony, which will be followed by a reception, Thursday 19 March 2020, 4:30 – 7:00pm, Kraemer Family Library, Second Floor Apse. 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*.


  • Submit all written work via email to (Please Contact 719.255.3815 with questions.)
  • Please make an appointment 719.255.3815 to drop off artwork, CDs or tapes at Main Hall 312. Be sure to submit 3 copies of CDs or tapes.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a word-processed entry form, which is available on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion website:
  •  All submissions should be clearly labeled with the title of the work(s) but should not include your name.
  • All submissions must include a fully developed abstract, which has a title, clear thesis and establishes the relevance of the submission to the competition’s themes. The abstract should not include your name.
  • All submissions should conform to the citation/permission system appropriate to the student’s discipline.
  • If your research includes human subjects you must have IRB (Institutional Biosafety Committee) training.

*Performance Category: Performance entries may be, but are not limited to, multimedia presentations, photography, musical compositions, comedic or theatrical presentations, films, performance art, movies, dance, painting, sculpture and action/community service projects. Each entry, with the exception of sculptures and paintings, should be submitted on DVD or flash drive (limited to 20 minutes or less).

*Personal Reflection: Submissions may not exceed 15 pages of double-spaced, word or pdfprocessed work. Be sure to paginate your entry.

*Creative Writing: Short Stories may not exceed 15 double-spaced, word or pdf-processed pages; plays may not exceed 25 double-spaced pages.

*Poetry: One poetry submission per student; may not exceed 12 individual poems. Your submission will be judged in its entirety as opposed to individual works/poems.

Note: All artwork, including DVDs or CDs, etc. should be picked up within 6 months of submission. Submissions cannot be stored.

All entries must be submitted by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, 18 February 2020.

*Students are encouraged to utilize the resources at the Writing Center.