The Division of Undergraduate Education maintains a listing of scholarships and fellowships for UCSC students. Campus application deadlines are approaching for the following opportunities. For more information contact Undergraduate Honors and Awards Coordinator,


Phi Beta Kappa Key into Public Service Scholarship
The Phi Beta Kappa Society, a leading advocate for the value of arts and sciences eduation, invites online applications for the Key into Public Service Scholarship, which will award $5,000 undergraduate scholarships and a trip to D.C. for up to 20 rising sophomore, junior, and senior liberal arts and sciences students interested in public service careers. Students with majors in the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, or social sciences are encouraged to apply. 

Characteristics of ideal recipients include intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary breadth and depth of arts and sciences coursework, leadership propensity, and service to others. Students can visit to learn more and apply directly. The application deadline is December 31, 2019. 


AWARD AMOUNT: $5,000 and a trip to D.C.

Contact: Don Bard | |

Marshall Scholarship
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years. To be eligible candidates must:

  • Be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
  • By the time they take up their scholarship ie September, hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • Have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree; (Exceptions will be considered only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college)
  • Have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2011;
  • Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British university.


AWARD AMOUNT: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.


Contact: Alice Michel | |

Truman Scholarship
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership.

  • Apply with junior standing/third year
  • Commit to work in public service for three years
  • Strong academic and community service record


AWARD AMOUNT: $30,000 funding for graduate degree (masters, doctorate, professional)


Donald A. Strauss Scholarship
The Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Foundation allows students to pursue a public service project during their junior or senior year. The scholarship provides $15,000 for expenses of the public service project and for some tuition, fees, books, room and board. The Foundation will award scholarships to full-time students who have:

  • Demonstrated an interest in public service
  • Outstanding leadership potential
  • Developed and can demonstrate effective communication skills
  • The desire to "make a difference” in local, regional, national or international communities
  • One or two years remaining until graduation
  • A GPA in the upper 1/3 of their class
  • Submitted an innovative, original, public service proposal
More information can be found on the Strauss Foundation website:  
To read about UCSC's Strauss Scholarship winner from last year - Alyssa Marie Tamboura, click here.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 to Merrill Faculty Services and the Office of Campus Advising and Coordination mailbox, attn: Strauss Campus Representative. If you have questions about the application process, please email

David L. Boren (NSEP) Undergraduate Scholarships
David L. Boren Scholarship awards undergraduate scholarships for study abroad in selected countries (study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand is excluded). 


Contact: Ashley Bayman | |

IIE Fulbright US Student Program
Established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries", Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

CAMPUS APPLICATION DEADLINE: September annuallyFor application details, see UC Santa Cruz's page on the Fullbright website


Contact: Krissy Loveman | | 

Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship funds two years of graduate study at Oxford University. Thirty-two scholarships are awarded in the U.S. each year. At the time of application: 

    • An applicant must be a citizen of the United States; pending application for citizenship does not qualify a person to apply.
    • An applicant must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.
    • An applicant must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree.

AWARD AMOUNT: Tuition fees and stipend.


Contact: Alice Michel | |