Applying for scholarships
How do you apply for scholarships?
To apply for scholarships, you have to submit an application for admission during the appropriate filing period. In addition, each campus sets minimum selection criteria that you must satisfy to be eligible. Be sure to review what they are.
Some scholarships are available only to United States citizens and permanent residents, but a limited number are also available to international students with current non-immigration visas.
Some campuses require additional materials in support of your scholarship application, such as letters of recommendation, transcripts or an essay (in addition to the personal statement required of all applicants to UC).
- At the top of each page of supporting documentation, be sure to print your name as it appears on the application for admission and scholarships.
- Send documentation directly to the campus office indicated.
- Do not enclose supporting documentation with your undergraduate application form. The application processing service will not forward supporting documentation to the campuses.
- Send required supporting documentation together in one envelope to the appropriate campus office, postmarked by the date noted. If all required supporting documentation is not postmarked by the correct date, your scholarship application may not be considered.
- Submit supporting documentation as early as possible.
Letters of recommendation
Some campus scholarship programs require one or more letters of recommendation. Letters must be written:
- By a teacher, academic adviser or other person who can address your academic ability and potential, leadership qualities and personality traits.
- On official stationery and must include the author's name and position and, at the top of each page, your name.
You may submit photocopies of letters of recommendation.
Notification of awards
Most students will be notified of scholarship awards between March and August. Notification dates are included in the scholarship descriptions for each campus.
If you have questions about the scholarship programs or application process, contact the scholarship or financial aid office at a campus where you are are applying.
Simply by submitting an application for undergraduate admission you automatically apply for a number of UC scholarships. You aren't required to do anything more than await a decision.
You must submit your undergraduate application form no later than Nov. 30 if you wish to be considered for scholarships for the fall term.