The Provost Award was established in 2014 to honor an outstanding graduating student who transferred to the University of Arizona from an Arizona community college with at least 36 transferable units. Criteria for the award includes perseverance and commitment to academic studies, contributions to the University community and above-average scholastic ability, citizenship and leadership.
2022 Provost Award Recipient:
Karen Jacquez was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She is an artist, single mother and full-time student. Outside of school, she has become involved with Groundworks, a local nonprofit organization promoting youth-driven music and art. Prior to enrolling at the University of Arizona, she was involved with the Pima Community College honors program, which regularly held volunteer activities for students.
Karen is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in law and a minor in psychology. Prior to attending the University, Karen received an associate degree in liberal arts from Pima Community College. She also completed her real estate credentials at the Hogan School of Real Estate.
She is a recipient of the Valley Foundation Scholarship, received the Dean's Badge of Engagement for completing a leadership academy at the University of Arizona, and was on the Dean's List with distinction for all three semesters she attended the University of Arizona. In addition, she worked with the Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, creating content for their social media pages.
As a single mother, Karen prioritizes her daughter and finds a way to do things without sacrificing time spent with her. This includes completing her work during the evening. This encompasses homework, tests, work, real estate classes and more.
Through her personal involvement with family law, while trying to gain sole custody of her daughter, Karen became inspired to help others navigate through this difficult experience. Following graduation, Karen will attend the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, with plans to practice family law.
Above all else, Karen will continue being a mother first, working part time as a real estate agent while attending law school, and hopes to save enough to buy a home for her daughter.