Our Opportunities

Welcome to the University of California, Merced Undergraduate Scholarship website! The scholarships listed below are offered by various donors, schools, departments, and offices throughout the University. Click on the scholarship name to learn more about that particular opportunity. Scholarships are awarded based on available funding.

PLEASE NOTE THE GENERAL CONTINUING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. YOU MAY CHECK THE EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS OPPORTUNITIES SECTION FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPTIONS.

New and prospective undergraduates should NOT log into this website, as you are automatically considered for all institutional scholarships based on your UC Admissions Application and by completing the FAFSA or Dream Act Application by March 2nd.

Continuing undergraduate students who wish to apply for scholarships will need to meet the minimum requirements. Requirements include a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA, full-time enrollment and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.

  • To Apply for continuing student scholarships, click the “Sign In” button at the top right of this page and complete your Continuing Student Scholarship General Application. You must have a UCM Net ID and Password to sign in. Your application along with imported data from your official student record will automatically match to qualifications for each scholarship opportunity.
  • “Apply-To” scholarship require further action on your part to be fully considered. Select “Recommended” under the “Opportunities” or click on the Apply button to complete the additional questions once you complete the General Application. Be sure to log-in periodically to see if there are any new Apply-To scholarship opportunities.

External Private Scholarships can be found by selecting “External” under “Opportunities” in the drop-down menu. These scholarships are not associated with, nor endorsed by, UC Merced. Be sure to check back periodically to see if there are any new External scholarships opportunities.

The Award Amount of scholarships are for general information purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of what you will receive if selected. Actual award amounts vary based on students’ individual eligibility, funds available, and other factors.

The Award Period for scholarships listed are for the 2018-2019 year. A new general application must be completed each year during our filing period of February 1st – March 2nd in order to be considered for eligibility.

Disclosures
Please note that federal financial aid regulations require that the financial aid awards you receive cannot exceed your student budget or cost of attendance. It is possible, therefore, that outside scholarships could reduce a component of your award package. We may need to reduce your financial aid awards by the amount of the outside resources received to ensure that your total awards do not exceed your student budget or cost of attendance. In these cases, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will first attempt to reduce loan or work study. Fellowships, grants or scholarships are only reduced as a last resort.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$1,000 Bank of America Distinguished Management Scholars Program
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who are...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
Varies Bobcat Athletics Scholarship
Awarded to students through the Athletics department to directly benefit Bobcat Athletics. Award criteria and selection process is determined by...
Awarded to students through the Athletics department to directly benefit...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Spirit of Leadership Prize
The recipient is selected by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs office. Finalist are selected from the winners of the Legacy Award given...
The recipient is selected by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Edward and Marion Doherty Fund for Yosemite Internship Program
The recipient is selected by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs office in collaboration with the Yosemite Leadership Program Staff. Recipient...
The recipient is selected by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
$1,000 Ernest S. and Bettine Kuh Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to incoming freshman showing high academic...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
Varies Gateway Scholarship Program
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to incoming freshman who graduate from Merced High...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Guardian Scholars Program
Awarded to students who are part of the Guardian Scholars program. Scholarship award criteria and selection process is determined by the Director...
Awarded to students who are part of the Guardian Scholars program. ...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies John Elia Scholarship Endowment in Support of Undocumented Students
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application for freshman or by the official University student record...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies John Elia Scholarship Endowment in Support of Veterans
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application for freshman or by the official University student record...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
$1,000 Louis P. Gonella Memorial Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to transfer students entering UC Merced from the...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
Varies Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center
This award is awarded as the Margo F Souza Entrepreneur in Training Award administered through the Office of Student Life and the Margo F Souza...
This award is awarded as the Margo F Souza Entrepreneur in Training...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Minnie Andow CalTeach Scholarship Endowment Fund
This award is administered by the CAL Teach Program Director. Please contact their office for application information. Awarded to a student...
This award is administered by the CAL Teach Program Director. Please...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
$1,000 Nancy Sterner Moffett Endowed Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application for freshman or by the official University student record...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
$1,000 Patricia Berry Kruszelnicki and Beth and Peter Kruszelnicki Memorial Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application for freshman or by the official University student record...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
$1,000 Professor Roland Winston Endowed Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. This scholarship will be awarded to an entering freshman...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
$1,000 Rose R. Ruiz Endowed Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application for freshman or by the official University student record...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
$1,000 Ruth Soloman Hoffman Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to transfer students entering UC Merced from the...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
$1,000 Steve and Mia Kang Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to incoming freshman showing high academic...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
$1,000 Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund for Central Valley Community College Transfer Students
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to incoming transfer students from one of the...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
$1,000 Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund for Central Valley High School Students
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to entering freshman from one of the counties that...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
$1,000 Wendy Leone Olson Endowed Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to incoming transfer students from Merced...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $1,000
$1,000 AARP Merced Chapter #282 Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating you are the son or daughter of a US Veteran and participate in...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
Varies AT&T Foundation Scholarship
The recipient is selected by the Dean of the School of Engineering. Award criteria is determined by the particular school.
The recipient is selected by the Dean of the School of Engineering....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,500 Beverlee Sieghold Antoine Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd. Must be an undergraduate student in their freshman or sophomore year...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,500
Ended
Varies Calvin E Bright Engineering Scholarship
The recipient is selected by the Dean of School of Engineering. Award criteria is determined by the particular school.
The recipient is selected by the Dean of School of Engineering. Award...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,000 Caroline L. Adams Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Must have FAFSA or Dream...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
Varies Chancellor's Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Must be a continuing...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,000 Comcast Collegiate Alumni Foundation
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating what lasting legacy they wish to contribute to UC Merced....
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$5,000.00 Crankstart Transfer Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to transfer students who are transferring or have...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $5,000.00
Ended
$1,000 Financial Aid General Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Must complete a FAFSA...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Fiori Lawrence Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd. Must be an undergraduate student with a major in the School of Social...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1000 Floyd Family Foundation Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Awarded to a continuing...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1000
Ended
$1,000 Frances M. Benton Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and have a FAFSA or Dream Act Application on file for the award year....
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
8,000 General Scholarship Dream Act
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Awarded to undocumented...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: 8,000
Ended
Varies General Scholarship School of Engineering
Awarded to students through the School of Engineering. Award criteria and selection process is determined by the Dean of Engineering. All...
Awarded to students through the School of Engineering. Award criteria...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies General Scholarship School of Natural Sciences
Awarded to students through the School of Natural Sciences. Award criteria and selection process is determined by the Dean of Natural Sciences. ...
Awarded to students through the School of Natural Sciences. Award...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies General Scholarship School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
Awarded to students through the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Award criteria and selection process is determined by the Dean of ...
Awarded to students through the School of Social Sciences, Humanities...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,000 Grossman Family Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating an interest in pursuing a career in the health sciences...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
Varies Grossman SNS Outstanding Student Award
Awarded by the School of Natural Sciences this prize is to recognize an outstanding undergraduate student in the chemistry, applied mathematics,...
Awarded by the School of Natural Sciences this prize is to recognize an...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Up to $3,000 Jefferson Jennings Doolittle Endowed Scholarship Fund
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Must complete a FAFSA...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Up to $3,000
Ended
$1,000.00 John C. "Jack" Pjerrou Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd. Must be an undergraduate student with a major in the social or...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
Ended
$0.00 John C. "Jack" Pjerrou Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Lindsay Ann Desrochers, who wished to honor her brother by providing financial support to UC Merced students from...
This scholarship was created by Lindsay Ann Desrochers, who wished to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
$250 Karen Merritt Writing Program Undergraduate Award
The recipient is selected by the Dean of School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts in collaboration with the Karen Merritt Writing Program...
The recipient is selected by the Dean of School of Social Sciences,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $250
Ended
$1,000 Ken and Midge Riggs Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating an interest in pursuing a career in the health care industry....
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
Varies Kris-Tangella Academic Excellence Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to incoming freshmen from Merced county with an...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,000 Leroy C. Shobe Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Must complete a FAFSA...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Merced County Association of Realtors Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and demonstrate leadership qualities while attending UC Merced. Must be a...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Merced Mall Endowment for Entrepreneurial Students Scholarships
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Must complete a FAFSA...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating your parent or legal guardian is a current UC Merced employee....
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Michael and Arline Colvin Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Awarded to a continuing...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended