Eugene Cota-Robles & GOP Application Instructions

Diversity Awards.  The University of California is committed to the full realization of its historic promise to recognize and nurture merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services, and administration, as well as research and creative activity.

To be considered for a Eugene Cota-Robles Award (for doctoral study) or Graduate Opportunity Program (for terminal master’s/JD study), applicants must submit the Personal Statement within the online application for admissions. The Statement should address one or more of the prompts found at the Personal Statement section as well as include applicant’s potential contributions to diversity as broadly described in the 500.13 Guidelines for the Graduate Admissions Process & Codification of Policies Governing Admission.  Consider the following prompts:

  • Ways in which your life experiences and educational background inform your understanding of the barriers facing groups that are underrepresented in higher education.  How will your research, creative efforts, or scholarly discourse in your graduate program, contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity in higher education?
  • Your drive and motivation to persist and overcome barriers in higher education that may have disproportionately disadvantaged you. If appropriate, include evidence of your success in these efforts.
  • Your active engagement (e.g., through participation, employment, service, teaching or other activities) in programs focused on increasing the representation of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.