Escalameza Scholarship in Bilingual/Multicultural Education

About the Sponsor

In honor of her parents, Dr. Alicia Meza established the Escalameza Scholarship to encourage students preparing to be bilingual teachers. Her parents’ last names were Meza and Escalante and so the endowment’s name combines them into “Escalameza” which roughly translates into working hard to reach a goal.

Born in the Imperial Valley, Alicia’s mother was a hard working housewife who also worked as a sales clerk at the local department store. In her later years, she pursued her other talents by sewing, crocheting, and knitting for her family and friends. Alicia’s father served in the Armed Forces during World War II. After the war, he worked as a “jack-of-all trades” who retired as a maintenance manager for the school district in the town of Calexico. Thereafter, he followed his dreams and played in a well-known Imperial Valley orchestra.

Alicia is an alumnae and retired faculty member of the Sacramento State College of Education. She received her bachelor’s and doctoral degree from the University of the Pacific and her master’s from Sacramento State.

The Escalameza Scholarship assists bilingual educators who come from a migrant farming background and have demonstrated a commitment to social action in the Mexican American community. “I’ve become aware of how difficult it is these days for students to stay in school. This gift will enable students to receive a strong network of support in the College of Education. I want to do my part for the community.”





  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
  • Limited to students accepted or enrolled in the teaching credential program with the Bilingual Authorization
  • May be enrolled full or part time
  • Must be enrolled at time of award
  • Preference for students from a migrant farming background
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to social action in the Mexican-American community
  • Proficient in Spanish