University of California, Riverside

UC Riverside Foundation Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Rupert Costo Indian Student Award

Rupert Costo Indian Student Award


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Undergraduate Student Support

History and Purpose:

Rupert Costo (Cahuilla) and Jeannette Henry Costo (Cherokee) helped found UC-Riverside in the mid-twentieth century. In 1986, the Costos created the Costo Chair of American Indian Affairs at UCR, the first chair in the nation endowed directly by American Indians. Later, they established the Costo Library of the American Indian and Costo Archives, a unique collection dedicated to understanding the history and role of self-determination policy in Indian Country.

Inspired by the generosity and vision of Rupert and Jeannette Costo, the California Center for Native Nations (CCNN) represents UC Riverside's ongoing commitment to research and service benefiting California Indians. In building upon the academic strengths of the College and UCR's unique connections with regional tribal leaders, the Center's core activities address a central question:

Selection and Guidelines:

This fund was used to support awards to Native American students graduating from UCR in memory of Rupert Costo.

 Request for Information:

Delma Lee
Alumni Services Coordinator
(951) 827-4511
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Roberta Albert
Assistant Director for Stewardship and Donor Relations
Tel: (951) 827-5247

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