Asian American Studies: Asuncion Castro Abarquez and Rosalinda Abarquez & Alcantara Endowment

Spring 2023: 2022-2023 Academic Year Award

The Asuncion Castro Abarquez and Rosalinda Abarquez & Alcantara Endowment was established through the CSUN Foundation for the Abarquez Prize in Asian American Studies by the generous gift of Prosy de la Cruz.

This is an annual prize for an Outstanding Essay by a student in Asian American Studies at CSUN. The winner will receive a cash prize in the amount of $1,000.

  • Although the prize is intended for a single outstanding essay, the committee may select up to two essays. If two essays are selected, the cash prize will be divided equally between the two recipients.

The topic of this essay competition is open to any issue relevant to Asian Americans and Asian American Studies.

Essays must meet the following criteria:

  • Essay Submission: Essays must be no longer than 1500 words, typed, double-spaced.
  • Essays must be revised in a manner suitable for potential publication in the weekly column “Rhizomes” in The Asian Journal.
    At the discretion of the donor, the winning essay(s) may be published in Prosy de la Cruz’s column in the Asian Journal “Rhizomes.”
  • Essays may be based on coursework in CSUN Asian American Studies courses.
  • We encourage you to discuss your submission with a current CSUN AAS instructor.
  • You will be required to upload your essay as part of the application process in Microsoft Word format by deadline of Friday, March 31, by 11:59pm.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The award is restricted to Undergraduate students who are current CSUN Asian American Studies majors, double-majors, and minors.
  • Graduate students who received a CSUN Undergraduate degree in AAS (double-majored, and minored) may also be considered.
    Current AAS majors, double majors and minors will be given priority.
  • Winner must be available for the AAS graduation/student awards ceremony on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 – time to be determined.

If you have any questions, please contact: Prof. Kimberly Carroll at, Prof. Tomo Hattori, Prof. Phil Hutchison

Please note:

  • If you are receiving Financial Aid (including loans), your financial aid award(s) may be adjusted if you receive a scholarship amount that exceeds your financial aid total limit. Speak to a financial aid counselor during walk-in hours to get a detailed overview about your individual situation.

$500 - $1,000
Supplemental Questions
  1. This essay competition is open to any issue relevant to Asian Americans and Asian American Studies. Please upload your essay no longer than 1500 words based on or inspired by your coursework in Asian American Studies courses at CSUN.
  2. If you are an AAS Double Major or an AAS Minor, please indicate your (other) major program and/or additional minor programs you are pursuing (e.g., Double major in AAS and Chicano/o Studies, OR Chicano/o Studies major and AAS minor)