UC Santa Cruz scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and by campus departments. Graduate Fellowships are awarded to graduate students by academic departments. Each year, about 2,200 undergraduate students receive scholarships from campus, government and private sources. More than 670 graduate students receive fellowships from campus, government and private sources.
All students are automatically considered for scholarships - an application is not required. Students applying for admission to UC Santa Cruz are encouraged to complete the scholarship section of the admission application. Graduate students should contact their academic department for information.
The major scholarship programs administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for undergraduate students are listed below.
Campus Merit ScholarshipCampus Merit Scholarships are funded by university alumni and friends. Scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of both academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Each year, about 1,100 students receive renewable scholarships which pay from $500 to $1,500 per year.
Alumni ScholarshipScholarships are sponsored by the UCSC Alumni Association for new and current students. Awards honor high-achieving students who have compelling financial need. For new first year students awards are $9,000 paid over four years
The Page and Eloise Smith Scholastic Society helps former foster youth, orphans, wards of the court, and homeless youth achieve their dream of a college education. The Smith Society offers a wide array of student support services, a close and caring community, and various opportunities to become involved.
Some of our Smith students created a video to share their stories.
This award recognizes the academic achievement of non-resident students. New non-resident students will be considered for the Undergraduate Dean's Award ranges from $5,000 to $30,000 paid over four years for entering students. Note: The Dean's award is intended to offset non-resident tuition and will be rescinded if the student becomes a California resident.
Restricted ScholarshipsScholarships are for students who meet one or more of the criteria established by the donor. Criteria vary - examples include county/city of residence, special interests, and major field of study. Students who meet donor criteria are automatically considered for scholarships - no separate application is required. However, it is important to respond to the scholarship questions on the UC admission application when you apply for admission.