Scholarships

The Office of Campus Advising Coordination maintains a listing of some of the scholarships available for UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students. Campus application deadlines are listed below for the following opportunities. For more information contact the Undergraduate Honors Coordinator at, ur_hnrs@ucsc.edu.


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). 

WEBSITEhttp://www.iie.org/nsep/

Contact: Ashley Bayman | abayman@ucsc.edu | studyabroad.ucsc.edu


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 as many as 15 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
Informational Seminar: Wednesday, November 16 at 4 p.m. Join us and learn more about the 2023 Strauss Scholarship, hear from past scholars, foundation trsutees, and learn about eligibility requirements, deadlines and more! Register here!
More information can be found on the Strauss Foundation website: https://www.straussfoundation.org.  
Visit the Strauss Foundation FaceBook account here. To read about UCSC's Strauss Scholarship winner from 2021 - Matt Sioson, click here.
Applications will open again in early February 2023. If you have questions about the application process, please email ur_hnrs@ucsc.edu.

Earth Futures Senior Thesis
The Earth Futures Institute (EFI), a new entity designed to focus world attention on the existential question of Earth’s future on the time scale of decades to a million years. EFI will use the best science of today to develop “scenarios” for life on Earth on these time scales and use them to launch the first comprehensive, frank, and probing discussion of the ethics of the future.

We are pleased to announce that the Genomics Institute has contributed $5,000 to support a summer internship on an interdisciplinary topic involving the science of genomics. The Genomics Institute gift builds on previous support from PBSci, Arts, and The Humanities Institute, bringing the total number of available project opportunities to five. These internships will be available starting this year and over next summer, and interested students are encouraged to reach out via mailto:earthfut@ucsc.edu

WEBSITEhttps://earthfutures.sites.ucsc.edu

AWARD AMOUNT: $5,000

Contact: Karoli Clever | earthfut@ucsc.edu 


Koret Scholarship
The Koret Scholars Program provides funding for a variety of undergraduate research projects and experiences. Funded by a generous grant from the Koret Foundation, the Koret grant supports undergraduate research experiences with faculty and graduate student mentors, the Koret Slam - a research symposium event, and the College Scholars Program - a first-year honors program. Graduating Koret Scholars are recognized by name in the commencement program during UC Santa Cruz graduation ceremonies.

Eligibility criteria to apply for the scholarship include:

  • The applicant must be an undergraduate student enrolled in Fall 2022 at UCSC and be in good academic standing. Applicants will be required to provide access to educational records for verification purposes.
  • Previous Koret Scholars are not eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must have a UCSC faculty (or UCSC graduate student) mentor for the project. Applicants will be required to work with their mentor to develop and complete a research project.
  • Research projects can be student or faculty-originated.
  • Research projects are to be completed prior to the student's graduation.

The application opens in October of each year. For more information about applying click here

WEBSITE: Koret Scholars Program

AWARD AMOUNT: $2,000

Contact: Don Bard | ur_hnrs@ucsc.edu 


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 https://PBK.org/ServiceScholarsApp to learn more and apply directly. The application deadline is December 31, 2021. 

WEBSITE: https://pbk.org/ServiceScholarsApp

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

Contact: Jason Nielsen | pbk@ucsc.edu | pbk.ucsc.edu


Marshall Scholarship
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. To be eligible for a 2022 MArshall Scholarship, 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 2022) 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 on their undergraduate degree at the time of application. We do not round GPA's.
  • Have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2019.
  • Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British university or GCSE or A levels taken at school in the UK.

CAMPUS APPLICATION DEADLINESeptember annually

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.

WEBSITE: http://www.marshallscholarship.org

Contact: Gabi Schmiegel | gschmieg@ucsc.edu | https://global.ucsc.edu


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.

WEBSITEhttp://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Contact: Gabi Schmiegel | gschmieg@ucsc.edu | https://global.ucsc.edu


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

CAMPUS APPLICATION DEADLINE: January annually

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

WEBSITEhttps://truman.gov