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Scholarship Central

Did you know that you can apply to all UCI scholarships with one online application?

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  • Question #1: What are your educational goals and why are you dedicated to them?

    Question #2: What are your professional and career goals and why are you dedicated to them?

    Question #3: If you are a first or a second generation immigrant and/or a first generation college student, how has this affected your pursuit of education?

    Question #4: Did you have any breaks in attendance during your educational career? If so, please explain the reason for the break, the duration of the break, and how your time was spent during this break.

    Question #5: What financial challenges have you faced in your life, and what challenges are still ahead of you?

    Question #6: What adversity have you encountered in your life? Please explain any difficult circumstances you have faced and how you overcame them.

    Question #7: What leadership experiences do you have in the categories of Civic Leadership, Global Leadership, or Social Justice? Please describe your role, responsibility and accomplishments.

    Question #8: Please describe your engagement with causes related to the environment and sustainability.

    Question #9: Have you ever experienced or witnessed discrimination against yourself or others? How have you advocated for communities that face discrimination?

    Question #10: What volunteer or community service experience do you have and how do you plan to give back to your community? Please explain.

    Question #11: Have you volunteered with communities of faith? How have you demonstrated tolerance and understanding towards communities different from your own? Please explain.

    Question #12: Please share any additional information that you feel is necessary for us to understand you and your circumstances.

Campuswide Scholarships

Community Leadership Scholarships

  • The Civic Leader Scholarship is for students involved with local nonprofit organizations and civic organizations. Examples include voter registration organizations, social work, local district casework for elected officials, local food banks, homeless shelters, environmental cleanup organizations, free legal or medical clinics, etc. Student-led groups and local organizations in the Southern California area are strongly preferred to national organizations. All work must be unpaid.

    General Requirements:

    • New and Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Award Amount up to $4,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, Full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • The Emerging Leaders Scholarship for students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, or mindset and have taken on leadership roles. Examples include executive officers of UCI student organizations, students who are leaders in off-campus community groups, student government leaders, etc.

    General Requirements:
    • New and Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Award Amount up to $4,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, Full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • The Global Leaders Scholarship is for students who are involved with globally-oriented extracurricular work which seeks to bridge divides in the international community and achieve global goals. Examples include volunteering for a public health clinic, diplomatic work or volunteering, participation in international scientific or artistic conferences/exhibitions, NGO work in emerging economies, WHO/UN/World Bank/IMF work, activism or volunteering for environmental organizations, volunteering for refugee resettlement agencies, etc.. An eligible student’s involvement must occur outside of regular coursework. Candidates must demonstrate dedication toward achieving at least 2 of the United Nation’s 17 total sustainable development goals for 2050.

    General Requirements:
    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Award Amount up to $4,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, Full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • The Social Justice Leaders Scholarship is for students who are involved with extracurricular work related to social justice issues occurring locally, regionally, or nationally. Social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality, and can be defined as “the way in which human rights are manifested in the everyday lives of people at every level of society”. Social justice issues are a consequence of unequal wealth and resource distribution, unfair treatment of people with diverse traits (race, culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, etc.), and legislation that encourages exclusion or segregation.

    An eligible student’s involvement must occur outside of regular coursework. Candidates must demonstrate their past, present, and future dedication toward achieving at least one of the following goals:

    • Elimination/Reduction of Poverty
    • Elimination/Reduction of Hunger
    • Access to Affordable Health Care
    • Access to Affordable Education
    • Access to Affordable Housing
    • Promotion of Human Rights
    • Promotion of Civil Rights
    • Promotion of Fair Immigration Policy
    • Promotion of Fair Pay
    General Requirements:
    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Award Amount up to $4,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, Full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • The Environmental Leaders Scholarship is for students who are involved with extracurricular work related to environmental issues occurring locally, regionally, or nationally. Environmental issues are a consequence of climate change, environmental disasters, and policies/legislation which harm the planet, sustainable living conditions, and humankind as a whole. Candidates must demonstrate their past, present, and future dedication toward achieving at least one of the following goals:

    • Access to Clean Water and Sanitation
    • Access to Clean Air
    • Promotion of Clean Energy Sources such as wind, solar, etc.
    • Promotion of Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Promotion of Responsible Food Consumption
    • Promotion of Climate Action
    • Protection of Life on Land and Below Water
    General Requirements:
    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Award Amount up to $4,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, Full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.

Innovation Scholarships

  • The UCI Creativity & Entrepreneurship Scholarship is directed by UCI’s Beall Applied Innovation and is a campuswide scholarship focused on rewarding innovative ideas. Students must develop or have developed a distinctive solution to a problem faced by the campus or the community as a whole. This scholarship will allow students to be creative and build the entrepreneurial mindset necessary to create innovative and scalable solutions. The scholarship fund may be used to enhance an existing project and/or to develop a new one. This scholarship is open to all students in any major including out-of-state and international students who will be attending or are already attending at UCI. Awardees will carry the title of “Student Innovation Fellow.”

    General Requirements:

    • New and Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Submission of a project proposal for developing innovative scalable solutions to a problem faced by the campus or the community as a whole
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: A new application is required to be submitted for each academic year.
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: Full-time enrollment, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements met, and proof of continued engagement

    Scholarship Fund Usage Criteria:

    • To help students make progress, scholarship recipients must utilize the resources and participate in the business development programs at the ANTrepreneur Center. Students will provide progress updates to the Center’s Manager.
    • To nurture the entrepreneurial mindset, scholarship recipients are encouraged to participate in entrepreneurship competitions on campus such as the New Venture Competition and/or Beall Student Design & Butterworth Product Development Competition.
    • At the end of the academic year, scholarship recipients will participate in the Scholarship Showcase to highlight updates on their project/concepts and provide updates to donors.
    • Failure to fulfill the above mentioned criteria will result in termination of this scholarship and an adjustment to student’s Zot account for refund payment.
  • The UCI Startup Scholarship is a campus-wide scholarship sponsored, funded by the Beall Applied Innovation Center, and is intended for students with entrepreneurial aspirations. Funding is the first barrier to entry for most new entrepreneurs and it is often inaccessible. Lack of critical funding forces promising innovations to be abandoned and denies student innovators the opportunity to advance ideas to the market place. The Startup Scholarship helps bridge this funding gap. With the submission of a project proposal, students may compete for access to funding for their groundbreaking ideas. The scholarship fund may cover early-stage startup activities such as prototyping, market research, and product refinement. The scholarship fund is intended for immediate or short-term use, and should adhere to the criteria set below. This scholarship may include funding for patent applications in addition to project related expenses. Please note that UCI retains ownership of all purchased equipment and patents after the project has ended.

    General Requirements:

    • New and Continuing Undergraduate Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Submission of a project proposal on the online portal
    • Award Amount: $1,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: A new application is required to be submitted each academic year.
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: Full-time enrollment, Successful Academic Progress (SAP) requirements met, and proof of continued engagement.

    Scholarship Fund Usage Criteria:

    • Allowable expenses may include prototyping materials, project supplies, specialized software (Less than $1,000), small equipment, fees associated with attending project related conferences or events, expenses related to customer discovery, and expenses related to lab testing.
    • Unallowable expenses include but are not limited to living expenses, stipend/payroll expenses, expensive equipment, legal fees (corporate formation expenses), personal technology (laptops, tablets, smart phones, desktop computers, etc.), entertainment, and alcohol.
    • Expenses needing higher approval include but are not limited to service or consultant agreements (marketing, software development, etc.), patent fees, and costs to host an event (venue, food, etc.)
    • At the end of the academic quarter, scholarship recipients must submit expense receipts for the proposed startup concepts and complete a Use of Funds survey to report progress. On a case by case basis, students might be asked to participate in the Scholarship Showcase to help promote the scholarship to prospective future recipients and provide updates to donors.
    • Failure to fulfill the above mentioned criteria will result in termination of this scholarship and an adjustment to student’s Zot account for refund payment.
  • The Emerging Researchers Scholarship is a campuswide scholarship for students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, or mindset and have taken part in voluntary research work or paid research work as an undergraduate. Examples include elective undergraduate research assistants, students who have pursued independent study courses, students who have completed an honors thesis, students who have completed research work at a think tank or laboratory etc. Candidates will present a sample of their original (the student must be a lead researcher) research along with a verification form signed by a supervisor.

    General Requirements:
    • Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Award Amount up to $4,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • The Emerging Artists Scholarship is a campuswide scholarship for students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, or mindset and have demonstrated exceptional talent in the arts or humanities. Examples include students who have created significant original compositions of visual, written, musical, digital, or physical art. Candidates will present a sample of their original composition along with a verification form signed by a supervisor.

    General Requirements:
    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Award Amount up to $4,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • The Interdisciplinary/Renaissance Scholarship is a campuswide scholarship inspired by the idea of the Renaissance scholar. This scholarship is targeted toward double majors pursuing scholarship in non-contiguous fields. The two majors cannot be in same unit, department, or school. Both majors are subject to a minimum GPA cutoff. Candidates need to have taken at least 1 upper division classes for each major already. Candidates need to have taken at least 1 upper division class for each major.

    General Requirements:
    • Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Award Amount up to $4,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.

Academic Excellence Scholarships

  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in a major housed at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, or the College of Health Sciences.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in a major housed at the School of Biological Sciences.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in a major housed at the School of Social Sciences.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in a major housed at the School of Social Ecology.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in an undergraduate major housed at the Paul Merage School of Business.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in a major housed at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in a major housed at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in a major housed at the School of Physical Sciences.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in a major housed at the Claire Trevor School of Arts.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.
  • For students who demonstrate a diverse perspective, background, and mindset and have demonstrated academic excellence in a major housed at the School of Humanities.

    General Requirements:

    • New & Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Other Eligibility Requirements: New application for each new academic year, full-time enrollment, SAP requirement met, and proof of continued engagement.

Anteater Scholarships

  • The Path to Graduation Scholarship is a summer scholarship for students who want to take advantage of lower summer tuition fees and have a goal of advancing their graduation time. This scholarship in combination with other potential summer financial aid such as UCI summer grant and summer Pell grant will make it more affordable for students to enroll in summer classes as well as lower their total educational loans by graduating on time.

    General Requirements:
    • Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Minimum Completed Units for First Year Students: 36 Units
    • Minimum Completed Units for Second Year Students: 80 Units
    • Minimum Completed Units for Third Year Students or First Year Transfers: 124 Units
    • Minimum Completed Units for Fourth Year Students or Second Year Transfers: 168 Units
    • Minimum Enrolled Summer Units: 8 Units
    • Award Amount up to $1,500
    • Number of Awards: 200
    • Renewable: No
    • New application for each new academic year.
  • The Anteater Uplift Scholarship is a scholarship for foreign and undocumented students with financial need who are attending UC Irvine. This includes all non-U.S. citizens with non-immigrant residency status. Proof of past and current engagement in a social cause with a leadership position is required.”

    General Requirements:
    • Incoming and Continuing Students
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Award Amount up to $3,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • Financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
    • New application for each new academic year.

UCI Distinguished Scholarships

  • The Regents' Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships UC Irvine offers to freshmen entering from high school and transfer students entering from a California Community College.

    Application Process

    The Regents' Scholarship is awarded based on the information gathered on the UC Application for Admission and Scholarships. No additional materials are required nor considered in the selection process. To be considered for the Regents' Scholarship, you must apply for fall admission by November 30. Applicants for winter or spring quarter are not eligible.

    Selection Process

    The selection committee conducts a comprehensive review of the applicant pool to determine the student's strength and breadth of academic preparation. Selection is based on a comprehensive review of the admissions application, including, but not limited to test scores and grades. To be eligible for the Regents' Scholarship you must be a U.S. citizen, an eligible non-citizen, an international student with a valid visa or students qualifying under AB130 or AB131. Only students who fall under these categories are eligible for the Regents' Scholarship.

  • The Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships UC Irvine offers to freshmen entering from high school and transfer students entering from a California Community College.

    Application Process

    The Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship is awarded based on the information gathered on the UC Application for Admission and Scholarships. No additional materials are required nor considered in the selection process. To be considered for the Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship, you must apply for fall admission by November 30. Applicants for winter or spring quarter are not eligible.

    Selection Process

    The selection committee conducts a comprehensive review of the applicant pool to determine the student's strength and breadth of academic preparation. Selection is based on a comprehensive review of the admissions application, including, but not limited to test scores and grades. To be eligible for the Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship you must be a U.S. citizen, an eligible non-citizen, an international student with a valid visa or students qualifying under AB130 or AB131. Only students who fall under these categories are eligible for the Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship.