Scholarships

As a continuing student, it is still important for you to look for scholarships that can help reduce the amount you need to work and borrow to fund your education. Frequently you will become eligible for scholarships as you enter your major, or take up new activities, and participate in different organizations in college. We always encourage students to search for scholarships throughout their time at UCLA. To ensure you are successful  in doing so, make sure that your scholarship search is broad and includes outside scholarships in addition to UCLA scholarships.

UCLA Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are a great way to access additional funds for college, and can help you dramatically reduce the amount you have to borrow in student loans, or work while in college.

Scholarships are designed to reward, encourage, and assist students in pursuing academic excellence and leadership roles. Additional criteria, such as campus or community activities, volunteer work, work experience and financial need are taken into account during the scholarship selection process.

Please be aware that academic departments and campus organizations offer various scholarship opportunities. 

The Scholarship Application for Undergraduate Students is typically available on MyUCLA in February each year. 


UCLA Scholarship Criteria

Scholarships awarded to continuing undergraduate students require that you complete an annual scholarship application that is available from February 1st, with a priority deadline of March 15th. You will still be able to submit applications after this time, but priority for Financial Aid and Scholarships Awards will be given to applications received on time. 

  • Must complete an on-line “UCLA Scholarship Application” which is available through MyUCLA .  
  • Must have a minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Must submit a FAFSA or Dream Act application by the March 2nd priority deadline annually to be considered

The amount of the scholarship is based on the level of financial need, determined by the FAFSA or DREAM Act Application, the amount of funding available, and the number of applications received.

Viewing your Scholarship(s)

If a scholarship is awarded to you, it will appear on your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) in early Summer. Various departments award continuing students and will process their awards throughout the academic year. We try to award as many scholarships at the start of the year as possible, but sometimes a student will receive an award later in the academic year. 

Maintaining Eligibility For Chancellors Blue and Gold Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Blue and Gold Scholarship Program was established by the University of California, Los Angeles in the Fall of 1998 to recognize the academic achievements of first year students coming to UCLA from Los Angeles County High Schools that traditionally have sent few students to UCLA.

After many continuous successful years of excellence, the program now supports approximately 350 students with expenditures exceeding $1,000,000. 

Community service is an integral part of the Chancellor’s Blue and Gold Program. Each scholar is required to complete twenty hours of community service each year. Students have participated in a variety of University activities including recruitment and outreach, assisting in workshops, and returning to their alma mater to encourage other students to apply to the University of California.

Community Service Form
  • In order to maintain your eligibility as a Chancellor’s Blue and Gold Scholar, you must submit the FAFSA or California Dream Act application annually by the March 2 deadline. Failure to meet the deadline will result in cancellation of your scholarship.
  • Scholars must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and a 2.5 GPA as defined by UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Scholars must notify Financial Aid and Scholarships of any change in family financial circumstances.
  • Recipients must meet the community service requirement if they accept the scholarship. Students must commit to performing 20 hours in outreach participation activities. All community service hours must be completed by the end of each academic year. 
  • Outreach activities can be at their high school, and/or other high schools in Los Angeles County benefiting from the Blue and Gold Scholarship Program. Community Service Form
  • Service must directly serve K-12 or Community College students in an academic or college bound capacity.
    • You must not be compensated for your services with money or course credit.
    • Examples of unacceptable services include office work, making or answering phone calls, coaching, running errands.
  • Service must be done with a school or organization. Private tutoring must be cleared prior to the service in order to satisfy the requirement.
  • Any questions about this requirement can be asked through our message center on the Contact Us page
  • Students are given information regarding various campus programs and departments under which they can fulfill their community service requirement.
    • Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools
    • Early Academic Outreach Program.
  • Each program will offer training as part of volunteering. Please contact individual programs directly.
  • The community service hours will be verified and if all requirements are met, the student will then be awarded the following academic year.
  • Additional resources for Community Services are:
    • UCLA Admission Office provides volunteer opportunities for current UCLA students. Some events include Phone Banks, Scholars Day, Student Panels, Student Recruiters, Parent Panels, Campus Tours, and Student Transfer Opportunity & Mentorship Program (STOMP).
    • UCLA EAOP -- UCLA EAOP works with students to help them become competitively eligible applicants for college admission, going beyond minimum eligibility. EAOP is one of the state’s most successful pre-collegiate student academic development programs.
    • UCLA Volunteer Center - How do you make a difference, what do you do, how do you volunteer?
      • Our answer is the UCLA Volunteer Center, established in 2009 by Chancellor Gene Block. Utilizing ever-changing technologies of modern communication, the Center is dedicated to creating innovative events and programs to inspire all members of the Bruin family to play an active part in their community.
    • Other resources for students include:

Expanding Your Scholarship Search

What to Do if You Receive a Scholarship?

If you receive a scholarship from an outside donor, make sure you follow these 3 simple steps:

  • Request that outside scholarship checks are made payable to UC Regents
  • Give your donor your 9 digit UCLA identification number (UID) and ask them to include it with your award
  • Have the donor include a letter explaining the award terms when the scholarship check is sent to UCLA / Make sure to report any outside scholarships on your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) or contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office to report the award

Please mail scholarship checks to:

Payment Solutions & Compliance Office
University of California Los Angeles

Box 957089, 1125 Murphy Hall
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7089

Helpful Tips for Searching for Outside Scholarships

  • Many scholarships are based on criteria other than financial need and academic achievement. Take note of your interests, hobbies, ethnic or religious background, work experience, career goals, etc. there may be specific scholarships related to these.
  • Try to plan ahead when applying for scholarships.  We recommend you start working on applications six to nine months before the academic year you hope to receive the funding.
  • Outside agency scholarships (from foundations, organizations, groups, and individuals) can be an excellent way to help fund your education.
  • There is no single, comprehensive source that can give you a list of all the scholarships, for which you may be eligible. It is best to consult several sources, such as scholarship search engines, UCLA academic departments, your high school and community organizations.
  • Getting a strong letter of recommendation is a vital component of many scholarship applications.
  • Scholarship books that target specific majors, ethnicity, or religious affiliation are an invaluable way to find national and local scholarships.
  • Writing an excellent personal statement will help you stand out as a strong candidate for scholarship. The Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) offers workshops for UCLA students as well as individualized writing support sessions to help you work on essays from brainstorming to proofreading.
  • Many departments at UCLA offer scholarships. Watch for listings on bulletin boards, ask departmental counselors, and check your department’s website listings.
  • Most importantly, be proactive and diligent in applying for scholarships. It takes a lot of work, but in the end all your efforts will really pay off.

Additional Resources To Help You With Your Scholarship Search

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I need to report my scholarships from private donors?

Yes, all outside scholarships should be reported to the Financial Aid and Scholarships office including those that are paid to you directly.

How will I know my check has arrived?

Once the check is processed you will receive notification via your electronic Financial Aid Notification (eFAN).

My donor said the check was sent but I have not received funds. What do I do now?

Mailing time is often 2 weeks and we ask that you allow another week for processing time. If more than four weeks have passed without seeing it on your Financial Aid Notification (FAN). We ask that you contact your donor and ask them to verify if the check has been cashed. If the check has been cashed then we ask you provide a copy of the check. 

How will an outside award impact my financial aid package?

If you already have a financial aid package and subsequently receive an outside scholarship/award, your financial aid offer will be adjusted to account for that award, and is dependent upon the conditions of the award.

Generally, need-based loans and work-study awards are reduced first to “make room” for an outside award. To ensure that an outside scholarship can help you as much as possible, it is our policy to replace your self-help (need based loan and work-study awards) first. If the amount of outside aid exceeds the amount of loans and work-study in your aid package, your grants are then reduced.

Outside awards that are split evenly between quarters have a more positive impact on students. Unless otherwise indicated by the donor, our default policy is to evenly split outside scholarships evenly across all three quarters of the academic year.

How do I make more room in my financial aid budget for my outside awards?

You can make more room in your budget by submitting a Budget Add-On Appeal or Housing Adjustment form if you have additional allowable expenses. Review the forms for further information on what is allowed. To locate other Financial Aid and Scholarships forms, you will find them at: http://financialaid.ucla.edu/Forms-and-Publications.

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