Outside Agency Scholarships

Did you know that UCSC students receive more than $2.9 million per year in outside scholarship aid? For International Students, Click Here.

Managing Outside Scholarships

Scholarship checks for students of UC Santa Cruz can be made payable to “UC Regents” and may be sent to the following address:

Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
205 Hahn Student Services Building
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Please specify the student name, Student ID (if known), or another identifier, and the academic term for which the payment is intended (e.g. Fall quarter). If no term is indicated, we will split the payment evenly across the academic year.

Attention: Students

Fall scholarships received more than 10 days prior to the first day of classes will be handled as follows:   

  • Scholarships WILL NOT disburse until 10 days prior to the first day of classes.
  • Scholarships for students not enrolled in sufficient units at or before the census date WILL BE RETURNED to the scholarship agency.
  • Scholarships received for individuals we cannot verify as students WILL BE RETURNED to the scholarship agency upon receipt.
Attention: Outside Agencies requesting to list their scholarships on our UCSC Website
Submit the Outside Agency Scholarship - Website Listing Request Form for consideration.

External Scholarships for Dreamers

Where to Search for Scholarships
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  • FastWeb

    Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge.
  • Sallie Mae Fund Completing the Dream Gap Scholarship

    The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Sallie Mae Fund are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending an accredited post-secondary institutionopens in a new window or continuous education program.

  • College Board Scholarship Search

    The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.  Search for scholarships based upon individual student demographics, including disability status, ethnic background, race, academic  level, and majors.
  • Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Latinos in Technology Initiative

    SVCF administers scholarship programs for high school seniors, college and graduate students, re-entry students, and vocational and technical school students. Each year, we award close to 700 scholarships totaling more than $4.5 million.
  • Quip Diversity Scholarship

    The Quip team chooses 10 recipients — 5 winners and 5 runners-up — to visit our office in San Francisco for a full day of learning, mentorship, and meeting the team (all expenses paid). At the end, each scholarship winner will receive $5,000 and each runner-up will receive $1,000 toward their education.
  • PG&E STEM Scholarship Program

    PG&E is offering Better Together STEM Scholarships of $5,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, to students pursuing science, technology or engineering studies in California schools.
  • COHEAO Sparks Scholarship

    Eligible applicants are students entering their sophomore year through graduate studies who are enrolled at COHEAO-member colleges and universities.
  • The Coast Guard Scholarship Program

    Students currently enrolled, accepted for enrollment or pending enrollment in a full-time bachelor's degree program at a designated college or institution and who receive a guaranteed commission as an officer in the United States Coast Guard, are eligible to apply.
  • Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO)

    On an annual basis, COHEAO awards up to three $1,000 scholarships based on applicants and dollars available in the scholarship fund.

  • East Bay College Fund

    East Bay College Fund provides $16,000 four-year scholarships, mentoring, on-going college counseling and life skills training to East Bay (primarily Oakland) public high school students from low income families and communities with historically low college attendance rates.

  • College Track

    College Track provides support to our college students through academic advising and help finding financial aid.
  • Davis-Putter Scholarships

    This fund provides need-based scholarships to college students actively working for peace and justice and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.

  • Educators for Fair Consideration

    Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) offers low-income immigrant students, from the San Francisco Bay Area, scholarships to attend U.S. colleges.
  • Gates Milleniumn Scholars

    GMS selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. They provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.


    MALDEF (The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) provides a comprehensive directory of scholarships open to or specifically designated for undocumented students.

  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships

    The community foundation administers a variety of scholarships that grant between $500 and $15,000 to high school, community college and university students.

  • California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarships

    Students may study the subject of their choice. Students must be enrolled in 12 college units during the scholarhip award period.
  • Hispanic Education Endowment Fund Scholarships

    HEEF scholarships are based on a combination of low-income family background, academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities, community volunteer work, church service or work-employment.
  • Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program

    The scholarship award amounts are $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000. Scholarships are awarded in U.S. dollars and include a one-year ACFE Student Associate membership . Awards will be paid directly to the award recipient’s university.
  • AES Engineering Solutions Scholarships

    This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.
  • Life Lessons Scholarship Program

    Qualified entrants who submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent impacted their lives are eligible for scholarship money. Nearly $900,000 in college scholarships have been awarded over the years.
  • Medicare Supplemental Insurance Scholarship

    Applicants must be any person 17 years of age or older who demonstrates interest in physical, massage, recreational, or occupational therapy or psychology professions and is interested in attending a related program, undergraduate, graduate, or accredited training program at an accredited institution of learning within the United States.
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

    THE COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
  • CAC Educational Scholarship Foundation

    Awarded to California High School seniors who are in this state legally for their use as full-time students at any accredited public or private college, university or trade school. Scholarship recipients must start attendance within 12 months of the award and show proof of enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • American Indian College Fund

    These scholarships are funded through our partnerships with corporate and private donors and are available to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending public and private colleges and universities.

  • American Indian Education Fund

    For American Indian students studying at a 4-Year college or university.
  • Morris Udall Scholarship

    For sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.
  • The Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship

    All grants are made on a competitive basis, consideration being given to scholastic achievement, financial need and promise. Eligibility is determined from the applicant’s statements on the application form and the school reports.
  • Giva Scholarships

    This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. There is no specific course of study or major required.