UCSC Campus Scholarships


UCSC offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships totaling over $3.7 million annually that can help fund your education.  They are awarded based on a variety of factors, which usually reflect the values and purpose of the donor of each award. Examples include county/city of residence, special interests and declared major of study. Most UCSC scholarships are based on a combination of academic merits and financial need.  

For Graduate scholarships and awards, visit the Graduate Division website.

How to Apply

To be considered for all scholarships, complete your financial aid application by March 2nd each year. Your UC Admissions Application serves as your scholarship application. Be sure to cite any unique characteristics that apply to you in the “Scholarship” section of the Admissions application. It is also important to elaborate on your Personal Statement as this may also be used during scholarship selection.

Who is Considered

New and continuing undergraduate students who are California residents or AB540 eligible who have completed their UC Admissions Application by the deadline will be considered. The Dean’s Award is the only non-California resident scholarship at UCSC. Since most of the scholarships have financial need criteria, submitting your financial aid application by the deadline will increase your chances substantially.


Financial aid applications open October and the UC Admissions application begins November for the upcoming fall of the next year. Admissions notifications begin in March and preliminary financial aid offers in late March.  At that time, Campus Merit, Regents and Deans awards should be included in the aid offers for new students. All other campus scholarship notifications are sent beginning late fall quarter and throughout the academic year by various departments on campus.

Other Campus Scholarships

Selection of scholars is made by various committees on campus. Inquire with the department of your declared major or college to learn of any other scholarship opportunities.

Karl Pister Leadership Opportunity Award

The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Awards Program was established in 1993 by former chancellor Karl S. Pister to increase opportunities for talented community college students who want to transfer to UCSC. The scholarships recognize students who have overcome adverse socioeconomic circumstances, who have a demonstrated commitment to assisting and improving the lives of others, and who might not otherwise be able to attend UCSC for financial reasons. Candidates are nominated by the presidents of each of the 13 regional community colleges. The nominations are reviewed by the Leadership Opportunity Awards Screening Committee, and one student from each college will be selected to receive the $20,000 award ($10,000 awarded for two years). For more information, inquire at the financial aid office of one of the participating 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 and West Valley College.