Carlos R. Moreno Prize

Established in the fall of 2009, the Justice Carlos R. Moreno Prize is awarded annually to the best senior essay focusing on the field of Latina/o Studies, or on the Latina/o experience in the United States. A faculty committee will select the winner who will be announced during the 2019 commencement ceremonies.

The Justice Carlos R. Moreno Prize honors the work and life of celebrated Latino alumnus Carlos R. Moreno, who was perhaps the first Yale undergraduate to write a senior essay in the field of Chicano Studies. Among the first Latinx students to graduate from Yale, he helped organize the Latinx community by founding “Los Hermanos,” which later became MEChA. In October 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed Justice Moreno’s appointment as the U.S. Ambassador to Belize, a role he served in until January 2017. Prior to becoming ambassador, he served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California from 2001 to 2011. 

To apply for the Prize, please complete the application on the following page and submit your essay by the deadline: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 5 pm.


  • The Justice Carlos R. Moreno Prize is open only to students who are currently enrolled in Yale College.
  • Only senior essays completed in Fall 2018 and spring 2019 are eligible for consideration.
  • Any essays that exceed the file size limit may be sent electronically via YaleBox or the Yale Secure File Transfer to
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