ASCENSO Hispanic Fellowship

Access, Success, Community, Equity, Network-building, Support and Opportunity


In an effort to promote the growth of advocacy, support, and awareness of social justice issues impacting Hispanic communities in Ventura County, the Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education and Student Success (CHESS) Program established the ASCENSO Hispanic Fellowship program through a grant funded by the Amgen Foundation.

Through this program, four Cal Lutheran students will serve as community leaders and advocates for the Hispanic community. They will work alongside the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council of Ventura County and network with representatives from County agencies and departments to research the services and policies that may be insufficiently serving or negatively impacting Hispanic populations. Students will raise awareness of important issues and directly influence systemic change.

Undergrad and graduate students who are currently studying psychology, education, sociology, environmental science, political science, criminal justice or all majors engaged in healthcare/mental health are encouraged to apply!

Come join us for the ASCENSO Hispanic Fellowship Presentations!

September 28th, 2022


Lundring Events Center



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Important Dates

Event Date
Application Period Opens February 1,  2022
Application Deadline May 15, 2022

Program Orientation

Current Fellowship Term (eight weeks) June 2022 – August 2022
Community Engagement Presentation
August 11, 2022
CLU Hispanic Heritage Month Presentation
September 28, 2022

ASCENSO Hispanic Scholar Benefits

  • Fellowship Award in the Amount of $5,000
  • Mentorship from professionals, and Community Leaders of Hispanic serving agencies
  • Engagement with community organizations focused on advocacy for Hispanic communities
  • Recognition as an ASCENSO Scholar


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How to Apply

Students who wish to apply to this program must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Cal Lutheran transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  4. At least one professional reference (three max).
    1. Name and (phone or email)
    2. Can be a past or current professor, supervisor, manager, coworker, or group member

Submit Your Application