Jewel H. Bell Award


The purpose of the Jewel Hairston Bell Award is to honor an outstanding student of color whose presence and performance have 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, Director of the Council of Minority Education at the University of Oregon from 1983 to 1986 died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 4, 1990. Trained as a psychiatric social worker, Jewel was born in Pittsburg in 1931, and earned a B.S. degree with honors from Carnegie Institute of Technology. She completed her social work training at Case Western Reserve. Always active in community affairs, Jewel served on the Board of Sponsors, the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and the campus Interfaith Ministry while in Eugene. She worked tirelessly with great patience and perseverance to teach young and old the importance of tolerance and respect for differences. Jewel taught by example, how she lived her life. Jewel’s husband, Derrick, was Dean of the University of Oregon School of Law

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible if you:

  • Will be a Senior at the University of Oregon in the Fall of 2018
  • Are interested in contributing significantly to the improvement of his/her community, as demonstrated by community service and personal career goals
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher by time of application
  • Dreamers eligible

Application Process

To be eligible for review, your application must be fully completed. Please include an unofficial UO transcript for fall 2017 & winter 2018 All information is confidential. The winner will be selected by a committee convened by the Center of Multicultural Academic Excellence. 

Application coming soon.

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