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  • Question #1: What educational (GPA, research, honors, graduate school, etc.) and professional goals are you working towards and why are you dedicated to achieving them?

    Question #2: If applicable, please describe how being a first or second generation, low-income and/or racial/ethnic minority student has affected your pursuit of education.

    Question #3: 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 #4: What adversity have you encountered in your life? Please explain any difficult circumstances you have faced and how you overcame them.

    Question #5: 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 #6: Please describe your engagement with causes related to the environment and sustainability.

    Question #7: Have you ever experienced or witnessed discrimination against yourself or others? How have you advocated for communities that face discrimination?

    Question #8: What volunteer or community service experience do you have and how do you plan to give back to your community? Please explain.

    Question #9: Have you volunteered with communities of faith? How have you demonstrated tolerance and understanding towards communities different from your own? Please explain.

    Question #10: What financial challenges have you faced in your life, what challenges are still ahead of you, and how will a scholarship support your educational goals?

    Question #11: 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 Leaders 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 $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.
  • 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 $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.
  • 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 $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.
  • 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 $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.
  • 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 $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.

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 up to: $3,000
    • 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: $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.
  • 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 School 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

  • Otto Shaler 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.
  • The Barnes & Noble College (BNC) Scholarship’s goal is to build on Barnes & Noble founder, Len Riggio’s, tireless advocacy for public education, literacy and the arts.  Funded from an unrestricted donation from BNC, this scholarship will be awarded to current UCI undergraduates with a record of strong academic achievement, an innovative project proposal and a demonstrated commitment to helping others.

    Through this partnership, UCI and BNC support exceptional UCI undergraduate students who want to design and launch ambitious community service literacy projects aimed at changing the world by improving literacy in one or more of the following areas: reading, financial, political, cultural, and/or health.  Preference will be given to students who have progressed in their academic study, made significant personal achievements, demonstrated a commitment toward improving literacy, have project ideas that will provide service to the community and create a significant impact on improving literacy.

    General Requirements:

    • Continuing Students who have completed a minimum of 45 units of UCI-accepted coursework by Fall 2020
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Full-time enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year
    • Strong commitment to one or more of the following areas of literacy: reading, financial, political, cultural, and health
    • Demonstrated contribution to campus and community service
    • Award Amount up to $7,000 and a grant of up to $3,000 to support project costs
    • Number of Awards: Up to 7
    • Renewable: No

    Application procedure:

    • Submit your online UCI Scholarships application and, in the “Additional Scholarships” form, select “yes” for the question “Are you interested in applying for the Barnes & Noble Scholarship?”
    • Applications will be reviewed by a panel and finalists will be contacted for an interview in April 2020.
  • The Summer Scholarship is 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: $2,000
    • Number of Awards: Multiple
    • Renewable: No
    • New application for each new academic year.
  • In April 2004, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, a world-renowned spiritual leader and recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, visited UC Irvine to discuss ethical leadership and personal responsibility in the new millennium. In 2005, the UC Irvine XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of His Holiness' visit through donations from local individuals and foundations committed to advancing peace, ethics and compassion. His Holiness returned to the UCI campus for a visit in 2011 and then for a Global Compassion Summit honoring his 80th birthday from July 5-7, 2015. During each visit, he has met with the UCI Dalai Lama Scholars.

    This unique scholarship served as the model and catalyst for the international Dalai Lama Fellows program. UCI is now partnering with Dalai Lama Fellows to support exceptional students committed to advancing the values of compassion, contemplation, courage, interconnectedness, collaboration, humility and service. The recipient of the UCI Dalai Lama Scholarship becomes part of the Dalai Lama Fellows global community and benefits from a generous grant for project costs and guidance for project implementation.

    Through this partnership, UCI and the Dalai Lama Fellows support exceptional UCI undergraduate students who want to design and launch ambitious "compassion-in-action" projects aimed at engaging campus and/or community members in order to increase their awareness in one or more of the following areas: ethics, compassionate leadership, local and global responsibility, and/or peace. Preference will be given to projects that specifically target one or more of the following areas: (a) promoting cooperation across religions and cultures; (b) diminishing violence; (c) alleviating poverty; and (d) protecting the environment.

    General Requirements:

    • Continuing students who have completed a minimum of 90 units of UCI-accepted coursework;
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Full-time enrollment for the 2020-21 academic year
    • Must submit a completed and signed application (with all required attachments)
    • Award Amount up to $3,000 and a grant of up to $4,000 to support project costs. The project must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year.
    • Number of Awards: Up to 7
    • Renewable: No

    Additional Information:

    For additional information (including descriptions of past recipients and projects), please visit:
    http://www.vcsa.uci.edu/DalaiLamaScholarship/index.php and
    http://www.dalailamafellows.org.

UCI Distinguished Scholarships

  • The Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships UC Irvine offers to domestic 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 2021 admission by November 30, 2020. Applicants for winter or spring quarter are not eligible.

    Selection Process

    UCI 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 GPA and AP/IB course grades. To be eligible for the Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship you must be a U.S. citizen, an eligible non-citizen, or students qualifying under AB130 or AB131. Only students who fall under these categories are eligible for the Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship.

    Maintaining Eligibility Criteria

    Chancellor’s Excellence Scholars are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units per quarter at UC Irvine during their two-year tenure as a Chancellor’s Excellence Scholar. A minimum cumulative 2.50 grade point average is required to renew the Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship each year.

  • The Directors’ Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships UC Irvine offers to domestic, out-of-state students and international students entering UCI. Directors’ Scholars entering in Fall 2021 will receive a monetary honorarium of $10,000 per academic year for a total of two years, subject to the terms of renewal.

    Application and Selection Process

    The Directors’ 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 Directors’ Scholarship, you must apply for Fall 2021 admission by November 30, 2020. Applicants for Winter or Spring quarter are not eligible.

    Selection Process

    UCI 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 GPA and AP/IB course grades. To be eligible for the Directors’ Scholarship you must be a U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen, a student qualifying under AB130 or AB131, or an international student with a valid visa (F1 or H2). Only domestic out of state resident students who fall under these categories and international students are eligible for the Directors’ Scholarship.

    To be considered for the Directors’ Scholarship, you must apply for fall admission by November 30. Applicants for winter or spring quarter are not eligible.

    Maintaining Eligibility

    Directors’ Scholars are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units per quarter at UC Irvine during their tenure as a Directors’ Scholar. A minimum cumulative 2.70 grade point average is required to renew the Directors’ Scholarship each year.

  • The Regents' Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships UC Irvine offers to domestic 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 2021 admission by November 30, 2020. Applicants for winter or spring quarter are not eligible.

    Selection Process

    UCI 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 GPA and AP/IB course grades. To be eligible for the Regents' Scholarship you must be a U.S. citizen, an eligible non-citizen, or student qualifying under AB130 or AB131. Only students who fall under these categories are eligible for the Regents' Scholarship.