Jewel H. Bell Award

2020 Recepients 

Headshot of Hanson Pham

Hanson Pham

Major: Human Physiology 
Minor: Chemistry
Year: Senior
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Professional Goals: Go into the medical field

"Being actively engaged on campus has allowed me to share my identity and culture with the UO community. Through the different clubs and organizations, I have been able to establish meaningful relationships with those around me, many of whom I now consider family. I want to continue building a sense of community on campus, a place where we can all feel welcome, a place where we can all call home.  ​​​" - Hanson Pham

 Minh Nguyen 

Minh Nguyen 

Class of 2024
Major: Human Physiology
Minor: Chemistry
Year: Senior
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Professional Goals: Go into the medical field

"As a first-generation student, I frequently feel like I am alone on this long and strenuous journey. I wished I understood early on that I was never alone. I was very lucky to have found myself a strong support system of selfless and caring individuals, who helped me navigate through my years of college. And I think that being actively engaged on campus is a great way for me to stay connected with my community and support fellow students on our shared journey. Furthermore, as a premedical student, I’ve always felt the urge to be an advocate for diversity in medicine, as healthcare accessibility for individuals from marginalized communities had always been a passion and career interest of mine. Through my undergraduate years, I hope to further the cause of cultural and ethnic diversity at the UO through the translational promotion of diversity in healthcare. ​​​" - Minh Nguyen

2019 Recepients: Brya Patterson and Angela Tan


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 2020
  • 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

Application Process

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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

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