Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award

An ardent advocate for increased public investment in education and an outspoken champion for increasing the ethnic diversity of the campus, Chancellor Pister has dedicated UCSC resources toward improving educational opportunities for young people. To expand opportunities for a university education through linkages with thirteen neighboring California community colleges, Chancellor Pister founded the Leadership Opportunity Awards program, which offers $20,000 scholarships to outstanding community college transfer students.

The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Awards Program was established in 1993 by former chancellor Karl S. Pister to increase opportunities for talented California community college students who want to transfer to UCSC. Awards are $10,000 per year for two years. All Nominated candidates must have overcome adverse socioeconomic circumstances, have a demonstrated commitment to assisting and improving the lives of others, and have financial aid eligibility.

Candidates are nominated by the presidents of each of the 13 regional community colleges in California. The nominations are reviewed by the Leadership Opportunity Awards Screening Committee, and one student from each college will be selected to receive the award ($10,000 each year for 2 years). For more information, inquire at the financial aid office of one of the participating community colleges:

Community Colleges

  • Cabrillo College
  • Cañada College
  • College of San Mateo
  • De Anza College
  • Evergreen Valley College
  • Foothill College
  • Gavilan College
  • Hartnell College
  • Mission College
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • San Jose City College
  • Skyline College
  • West Valley College.