DEI Grants, Awards, Scholarships

DEI Grants, Awards, Scholarships

Vice Chancellor of DEI Inclusive Belonging Impact Fund

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness, and Community (MOSAIC) invite proposals for funding from the Vice Chancellor of DEI Inclusive Excellence and Belonging (IEB) Fund. The VCDEI IEB Fund supports UCCS events, initiatives, and travel that contribute to the advancement of the Inclusive Excellence and Belonging Action Plan at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs ( Funds awarded to qualifying registered student groups and/or their members, departments, and academic units are intended to supplement funding obtained through fundraising, personal investment and other resources of financial support (i.e. SGA, department support, sponsorships, etc.) and is not meant to be used as a primary funding source.

Eligible activities include but are not limited to:

  • IEB projects and/or new, innovative events/initiatives for UCCS students, faculty, and staff in alignment with the strategic framework pillars.
  • Support signature and/or traditional DEI-centric events, exhibits, performances, productions or workshops for UCCS students, faculty, and staff.
  • Celebrations designed to enhance the university community's knowledge, awareness and appreciation of a broad range of diverse cultures for UCCS students, faculty, and staff.
  • Travel funds to promote professional development and participation at relevant state, regional, or national conferences in alignment with the strategic framework pillars. 
  • Bringing diversity, equity, and/or inclusion-oriented scholars, artists, performers, and lecturers to the UCCS campus.

Full consideration for funding will be given to registered student groups, departments, and academic units who provide well-written proposals that foster collaboration and demonstrate the greatest impact in advancing the IEB Action plan at UCCS. Proposed expenses must be reasonable and well documented. Funds are limited and will be allocated carefully to provide broad support for campus initiatives.

Application open from August - April

UCCS Inclusive Excellence Campus Award

This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at UCCS by a staff or faculty member. This award is open to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and achievement in advancing the UCCS DEI Strategic Framework Pillars.

Candidates’ contribution to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging will be judged based on their contributions to creating lasting impact in relation to the DEI Strategic Framework Pillars, outlined here. The DEI Strategic Framework Pillars serves as the foundation of UCCS’ commitment to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture at UCCS. Each of the five pillars encompass the overarching institutional priorities guiding our DEI strategic actions at UCCS.

Nominations open January - April

DEI Scholarships

Financial aid has a multitude of DEI focused scholarships offered to UCCS undergraduate and graduate students.



Roberto Saldana Empowerment Scholarship
Eileen S. Burnley Endowed Scholarship Fund
Nadia Babish Scholarship
Rita E. Jackson Scholarship
Hildebrand Endowed Scholarship
Karen Possehl Women's Endowment Scholarship
Wayne Caudill Veteran's Affairs Scholarship Fund