Jay Family Humanities Scholarship Award

Greg Jay (Porter, ‘74) and his wife Martha met at Porter (then College Five) and were married in the Pogonip in 1979. Martha is now an eye surgeon and Greg recently retired as a professor of Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he worked very closely with Humanities Dean Jasmine Alinder whilst they were both faculty there. 

Greg’s brother Paul is also an alumnus (Porter ‘75, Literature;  Ph.D. ‘81) who took time off after high school and went to community college, so Paul and Greg were at UCSC at the same time. Paul went to UC Berkeley for his masters and returned to UCSC for his PhD. Paul is also a Literature professor at Loyola University Chicago. Paul knew and studied with Hayden White as a graduate student, and is married to Lynn Woodbury (Ph.D. '83, Literature). 

Through this gift the Jay family intends to offer financial support to an undergraduate student with financial need who demonstrates a strong interest in the study of the humanities and an academic focus on social justice and diversity.

For the 2021-22 academic year only—because this is a new scholarship—one award of $5,000 will be given to one student in the Fall quarter. Another scholarship of the same amount will be awarded to one student in the spring quarter. An additional CALL will go out at a later date for the Spring quarter scholarship. In subsequent academic years The Jay Family Humanities Scholarship will be awarded in the spring quarter.

Applications are due by November 5, 2021. Use this link to submit your application.

An application consists of a completed application form, and a 500-word statement describing how the financial support from the Jay Family Humanities Scholarship would help you overcome obstacles to engaging with or completing an academic or creative project related to social justice and diversity. 

Eligible applicants are registered UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students with financial need, in good standing, and declared in one of the following majors: Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism, Classical Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, German Studies, History, Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, Language Studies and Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, or Spanish Studies.