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Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship

2011 Barcelo Scholarship Recipients


The Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship assists University of Minnesota students with financial need in completing their education at the University. Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló served the University of Minnesota as the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity, and as the President of Northern New Mexico College. Once the only Chicana student at the University of Iowa, Rusty has since become one of the nation’s most highly respected authorities on equity and diversity in higher education.


The Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship Fund makes this award possible.


These one-time awards range from $1,000–4,000 for the academic year. Scholarship winners are recognized at the annual Celebrating Changemakers Program.


4:30 p.m. 1st Friday in June (June 1, 2018 for funds distributed in 2018-2019)


The applicant MUST fulfill each of the following requirements to be considered eligible:

  • Incoming or current student (with at least one semester remaining in the upcoming academic year). Admission or pending admission to an undergraduate or graduate/professional degree or credit certificate program at any U of M campus is required. Applicants must also meet half-time enrollment status at a minimum.
  • FAFSA-eligible, with demonstrated financial need.
  • Good academic standing at the University of Minnesota (or prior institution). Provide unofficial academic transcripts from all relevant college/post-secondary enrollment.

Selection Criteria

  • Strong, well-written personal statement
  • Two strong reference letters
  • Financial need (demonstrated via the FAFSA). 
  • Evidence of academic promise via past grades and/or reference letters
  • We also consider the following secondary factors in our holistic application review:
    • First generation in family to attend college
    • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
    • Embodies the spirit of Nancy “Rusty” Barceló's work and legacy
    • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
    • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
    • Other personal or extenuating circumstances

(Please note: if you meet the criteria for the Carol E. Macpherson Scholarship, please only apply for the Carol E. Macpherson Scholarship. We do not award students with both Barceló and Macpherson scholarship awards in the same academic year.) 

Selection Committee

Appointed by Women's Center, the selection committee includes University staff and faculty with particular interest and expertise in assisting students.

Application Process

  1. At least three weeks before the scholarship deadline, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year. 
  2. Then, use this link to apply online for the Barceló scholarship! The online application will ask you for each of these components:
    • Completed Barceló Scholarship Application, including your personal statement (see sample personal statements).
    • Academic transcripts of all related college/post-secondary enrollment.
    • Two reference letters (to be uploaded directly from references -- the application link contains instructions on how this works).

Letters of recommendation must be from a current/former teacher, advisor, employer, or community representative/elder. Letters of recommendation should be from people who can speak to your educational goals and academic promise (or qualities that lead to academic success). Applications will not be forwarded to the Selection Committee without letters of recommendation so you may want to send a friendly reminder to your letter writers at some point. We will not contact them to request missing letters, so it is your responsibility to ensure that this is completed. If your recommenders have any issues or questions, please direct them to contact us at or 612-625-9837. 

Directions for writers of letters of recommendation:

The Scholarship Selection Committee relies on the letters of recommendation to help us make a decision about the applicant's promise and whether they will use the scholarship wisely as she pursues her dreams. Please let us know your relationship to the applicant, and include your contact information in the letter in case we need to call for clarification. Address the characteristics listed below as much as possible:

  • Academic ability and/or promise
  • Ability to set realistic, attainable goals
  • Motivation and persistence
  • Problem solving skills and resourcefulness

Scholarship Awards

Applicants will be notified of their award status in mid-August. The Office of Student Finance arranges payments to student accounts at the beginning of fall and spring semesters in two equal disbursements.

Questions: Women's Center, 612-625-9837, or


Give to the Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló Scholarship via the University of Minnesota Foundation