History Majors Recognized with Fanny Carruthers History Scholarships

May 13, 2020

Angela Cortes
Henry Jimenez

The History department is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Fanny Carruthers History Scholarship: Angela Cortes and Henry Jimenez.

Anne Jane (Fanny) Carruthers Howard died on Feb. 15, 1972 and left a portion of her estate in a trust. Her wishes were that this trust be used to fund scholarships for undergraduate students attending UCSC who have need of financial assistance, graduated from a Santa Clara County high school, and intend to major in History.

Angela Cortes is a Feminist Studies and History double major, and is graduating from UCSC this June. She has participated in outreach at Cabrillo College, utilizing her own experiences as a transfer student and a History major to help encourage community college students to consider UCSC. In addition, Angela was given the STARS Transfer Excellence award for “demonstrating leadership skills in the classroom that helped ease peer-interaction barriers often experienced by those with learning differences.” Her research paper entitled “An Intellectual History of Public Discourse in the Post-Civil War Era: Infanticide and Emerging Reproductive Regulations,” was recently awarded the 2020 Dean’s Undergraduate Research award. According to History faculty member Kate Jones, Angela “is an engaged History major who has demonstrated great intellectual curiosity, [and] has been an outstanding leader in the classroom and beyond.” After UCSC, Angela is considering continuing her education with a focus on Library and Archival Science.

Henry Jimenez will be graduating this spring with a History major and a Politics minor. A first generation college student, Henry has long been a passionate student of history, continually questioning how it is told, and by/about whom. His research has delved into both U.S. and Mexican-American history, with a specific focus on Zapotec and Mixtec dance, and how ceremonial dance can help preserve (and sustain) indigenous cultures. After graduation, Henry plans to pursue a teaching credential, and hopes to return to work in his hometown of Gilroy – specifically with underrepresented, lower-income populations. “Henry demonstrate[s] a strong desire to devote his talents and skills to social justice issues,” says History professor Amy Lonetree. “This commitment to public service and his desire for cross-cultural understanding are two of his best qualities.”

Congratulations to Angela and Henry on their many accomplishments! The History department wishes them nothing but the best in their future endeavors beyond UCSC.