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 (Project CHESS) program established the ASCENSO Hispanic Fellowship program through a joint partnership with the Amgen Foundation.  

Through this program four Cal Lutheran students will be engaged in an eight-week fellowship that raises and bolsters their understanding of root issues that perpetuate inequities in the lives of Hispanic students, families, and communities in Ventura County. Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion council of Ventura County along with other local Hispanic serving agencies to engage in research that will contribute to the development of tangible solutions for issues present in Hispanic communities of Ventura County. 

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!

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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 (Day to be Determined) August 2022
CLU Hispanic Heritage Month Presentation (Day to be Determined) September 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

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