Jewel H. Bell Award

Scholarship Purpose

Since 1991, the Jewel Hairston Bell Award has honored an outstanding student of color whose active engagement and participation on campus has furthered the cause of cultural and ethnic diversity at the University of Oregon.

Depending on the number of applicants, awards can vary from $2,000 - $4,000.

This prestigious award is named after Jewel Hairston Bell who served as the Director of the Council of Minority Education (CME) from 1983 to 1986. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Senior at the University of Oregon in the Fall of 2021
  • Interested in contributing significantly to the improvement of yourcommunity, as demonstrated by campus engagement or community service and personal career goals
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher by time of application
  • Dreamers are eligible


To be eligible for review, your application must be fully completed. Please include a letter of recommendation and your most recent unofficial UO transcript. All information is confidential. The winner will be selected by a committee convened by the Center of Multicultural Academic Excellence. 


Past Award Winners

Hanson Pham, 2020, Chemistry
Minh Nguyen, 2020, Human Physiology
Brya Patterson, 2019
Angela Tan,2019
Kristy Lu, 2018, Journalism Public Relations
Samantha Berguin, 2017, Journalism
Perla Alvarez, 2016, Ethnic Studies
Shaniece Curry, 2015
Thomas Peckenham-Hernandez, 2014, Economics
Diana Salazar, 2014, Ethnic Studies
Sarah Hsu,  2013, Digital Arts and Communication Studies
Aryel Harrington, 2012