Student Diversity Award

Application Deadline EXTENDED: NOW DUE Friday, December 14, 2018 (before 11:59 pm)

The UAA Diversity Action Council seeks to recognize and empower students to lead change in the community by offering tuition awards of up to $1,000. This Student Diversity Award is designed to recognize student who significantly contribute to enhancing diversity at UAA by:

  • increasing visibility of diverse people, cultures, and/or perspectives;
  • creating a welcoming environment; and/or
  • representing diverse student voices through advocacy and participation in UAA student organizations.

The UAA Diversity Action Council will review applications and grant tuition of up to $1,000 to the top applicants. Students from the UAA Anchorage campus and community campuses are eligible. Award recipients must meet eligibility criteria including a 2.5 cumulative GPA, Satisfactory Academic Progress and admitted to a UAA certificate or degree program.

To Apply:

Complete the application via Qualtrics, available at the button link below. You will not be able to save your work in the middle of the application and return to it later so be sure to have the following information ready before starting the application: 

  1. Your contact information.
  2. Answers to these essay questions (limit of 200 words for each answer):
    • Describe how you promote a welcoming environment that is inclusive of diverse people and cultures/perspectives. Please include specific examples.
    • Describe how you take a leadership role and provide a student voice in diversity related issues. Please include specific examples.
    • Describe how you advance social justice and diversity within the larger community. Please include specific examples.
      * It is recommended that you first write your answers in another program like Word, where you can save your work and then copy and paste your answers into the application.
  3. The name and title of the University or community professional providing you a letter of reference.
  4. You will need to upload your letter of reference to the application.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 786-6108 or

Individuals needing accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Disability Support Services at 786-4530 or at least one week in advance of the application deadline.

UAA DAC Student Diversity Award Application

Past Student Diversity Award Stories 

  • Spring 2015 Awardees

    Spring 2015 Awardees

    Congratulations to the Spring 2015 Student Diversity Award winners.  Watch for new “I AM UAA” profiles and photos, highlighting their contributions.

    Maria Crouch
    Kyle Demientieff-Worl
    Andrew Freed II
    “Jenny” Jaeyeon Cho
    Ashleigh Gaines
    “Jae” Jae Min Cho
    Eli Michael-Trumbull
    Jordan Norquist
    Nayade Perez
    Steffanie La Torre
    Ana Azpilcueta

    Tyler Ching
    Edward Washington II
    Yasuhito Nakasato

  • Spring 2014 Recipient

    Spring 2014 Recipient

    Jaeyeon "Jenny" ChoJenny Cho

    Building Bridges
    UAA senior Jaeyeon “Jenny” Cho is no stranger to building bridges. No, she’s not an engineering major; she’s studying biological sciences and preparing for graduate school and a career in dentistry. But in the midst of working hard towards graduation, Jenny has also devoted her time to drawing connections between students and cultural organizations, fostering a more inclusive and diverse environment at UAA.

    Class Requirement Opens Doors
    As an international student from South Korea who describes herself as “shy,” Jenny knows both how difficult and how valuable it is to build connections within a new community. Living off campus with her aunt and uncle, Jenny remembers how “hard it was at first to get connected” her first year at UAA.

    However, a class requirement to complete community service work soon changed that. Deciding to volunteer at the UAA Multicultural Center, Jenny worked as a student outreach assistant, raising awareness of diversity within the UAA community. Her position opened the door to meet students from a variety of backgrounds and to see firsthand how departments and programs at UAA collaborate to cultivate an inclusive campus.

    Drawing Connections
    What began as a requirement soon inspired Jenny to draw “little connections” between the various facets of her experiences on and off campus. While learning how the Multicultural Center engages students, Jenny was reminded of her uncle. Jenny spent her high school years watching her uncle participate in the Korean and Asian communities in Anchorage.

    “Even though he is retired, he’s still very busy,” Jenny laughs, “he’s a good example of building bridges within the community – from meetings for the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center to working with the Anchorage Korean Language School, he’s actively involved.”

    Inspired by her uncle and by the work of the Multicultural Center, Jenny joined with a few other UAA students to establish the Asian Pacific Islander Community Wellness Club (APICWC) in fall 2012. Serving terms as APICWC president and vice president, Jenny helped create, as her mentor Dr. Gabriel Garcia describes, “a student organization that provides a safe social space for Asians and Pacific Islanders students, which makes up one of the largest minority groups on campus.”

    In the spring of 2013, APICWC coordinated the first-ever celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month at UAA. Through celebratory and cultural events, APICWC invited community groups to campus, connecting the UAA community to the greater Asian and Pacific Islander Anchorage community.

    Encouraging and Earning Distinction
    After completing her community service requirement, Jenny applied for and was hired by the Multicultural Center. A few years later, Jenny continues to work at the Center, now as a Distinction Assistant, working to increase the number of underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds involved in distinction programs such as honor societies, leadership development programs and service learning.

    Due to her leadership in promoting diversity on campus through her work at the Multicultural Center and in APICWC, Jenny was awarded the distinguished Student Diversity Award last year by the UAA Diversity Action Council. The award recognizes and empowers students to lead change in the community. The distinction includes a tuition award to assist students to continue to provide a strong voice in advancing diversity at UAA.

    More is Better
    Upon graduating next spring, Jenny plans on attending graduate school and eventually aspires to set up her practice in dentistry here in Alaska. She’s seen a need for a bridge between the Asian community in Alaska and navigating dental issues that include insurance and cultural differences. Eventually, Jenny would like to travel the world, providing dental services to impoverished communities.

    In the meantime, Jenny continues to work for a more inclusive and diverse environment that appreciates how “UAA is very diverse – in the languages, ages and cultures represented – and with lots of non-traditional students.” She recounts how UAA consistently holds cultural celebrations and workshops. But Jenny also points out, “Diversity work is not just big events, it’s cultivating respect,” she smiles. “And more is better, right? More active voices in promoting diversity issues would always be good.”

    Written by Katie Alley, UAA Office of Student Affairs


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