Rosalina Gonzales Award

The purpose of the Rosalina Gonzales Award is to encourage and recognize an undergraduate or graduate student for their outstanding contributions to the Florida State University community related to sharing and upholding the principles and ideals of the Latinx culture.

While this recognition is a tremendous honor, it also carries a $500 award for the recipient.

About Rosalina Gonzales

IMAGE: A sepia-toned yearbook portrait of Rosalina Gonzalez in graduation regalia

Based on a review of our Florida State University Yearbooks from 1900 to 2008, Rosalina Gonzales is the first Latina graduate to appear in cap and gowned in 1921. Based on this same document review, Rosalina was engaged and active both academically and socially on campus. She represents a tradition of scholarly excellence and social involvement on our campus. Through this award, we intend to link the Latinx students of yesterday who paved the brick path for our Latinx students today who continue more than a century of academic achievement and social engagement.

Nominations for the 2020 award open on Sept. 28 and close on Nov. 2.

Nomination Criteria:

  • In good standing academically and in conduct, as well as classified a full-time undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Undergraduate nominees must be a third- or fourth-year student by credit hours; graduate students must have reached their second of study during the fall 2019 semester.
  • Exemplifies the legacy of Rosalina Gonzales, being involved both academically and socially throughout the community
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion evidenced by social or academic efforts to promote and/or educate the community about the Latinx culture
  • Individuals from all race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or other identity groups are eligible for the award.

Nomination Packet:  

  • A cover letter from the lead nominator addressing the nominee's commitment to diversity and Latinx ideals.
  • A resume/CV for nominee
  • Short biography of nominee
  • One letter of support from a faculty or staff member



Dr. Joi Phillips

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