Raul H. Castro Scholarship


Honorable Raúl Héctor Castro, the first and only Mexican-American Governor of Arizona (1975-1977) has served in both elected and non-elected public offices, including Pima County Attorney and the United States Ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia and Argentina. 

The Center for Latin American Studies is proud to administer the Raúl H. Castro Scholarship Fund and to have co-sponsored a documentary on his life entitled Raúl H. Castro: Two Cultures, Many Challenges, directed by Sy Rotter and Luis Carlos Romero-Davis.

The Governor Raul H Castro Scholarship is awarded every academic year through UA Scholarship Universe.

Candidates for this scholarship are required to be in good standing at the University of Arizona.  The candidates must be a graduate or undergraduate student in Latin American Studies studying international relations or local politics.  The candidate should have a GPA of 2.9 or higher.  Each candidate is required to submit an essay detailing their need and career goals and demonstrate financial need.  The scholarship recipient will be selected by the Director for the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and a committee selected by the Director. 

More on the Life of Honorable Raúl Héctor Castro

  • 1916 June 12, Raul Castro was born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
  • 1926 Raul Castro moved to the U.S. state of Arizona where he eventually became a United States citizen
  • 1939 Castro graduates from the the Arizona State Teachers College in Flagstaff, Arizona and subsiquently worked for the US State Department as a foreign service clerk in Agua Prieta, Sonora
  • 1949 Castro earns his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona and is admitted to the Arizona State Bar, after which he becomes the deputy Pima County attorney
  • 1954-1958 Castro is elected and serves as a pima County Superior Court Judge
  • 1964 President Lyndon Johnson appointed Castro as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, after which he then serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia 
  • 1969 He returns to Arizona and specializes in international law and continues to rise to the top in Arizona Democratic politics 
  • 1974 Raul Castro becomes the first Hispanic governor of Arizona
  • 1977 President Jimmy Carter appoints Castro as the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina


* Goff, John S. (1983). Arizona Biographical Dictionary. Cave Creek, Ariz.: Black Mountain Press.

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