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.

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 begin applying click the “Sign In” button at the top right of this page and complete your Continuing Student Scholarship General Application. 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.

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 2020-2021 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
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 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:
  • Award: Varies
up to $1,500 Mendenhall Family Collegiate Alumni Foundation Endowment
The Mendenhall Family Collegiate Alumni Foundation Scholarship was established to honor and recognize Dan and Jan Mendenhall for their volunteer...
The Mendenhall Family Collegiate Alumni Foundation Scholarship was...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: up to $1,500
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
Varies Oakland Promise
UC Merced, in partnership with the East Bay College Fund, created this award in order to recognize high-achieving students from the Oakland area...
UC Merced, in partnership with the East Bay College Fund, created this...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
$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 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
Varies Yosemite Leadership Program Scholarship
The recipient is selected by Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute in collaboration with the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. ...
The recipient is selected by Director of the Sierra Nevada Research...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies up to $1,000 Undergraduate Scholarship Support in Memory of Connan Viale
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd. Must be at a Junior or Senior class level with a declared Math or...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies up to $1,000
Ended
Varies Building the Future Renewable Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. This scholarship is awarded to students based on their...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
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
Up to $500 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: Up to $500
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Up to $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: Up to $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
$5,000.00 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: $5,000.00
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 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
Up to $1,000 Hoffman/Rivera Family Scholarship Fund
The Hoffman/Rivera Family Scholarship fund will provide support to a high-achieving undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.25 and who have...
The Hoffman/Rivera Family Scholarship fund will provide support to a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Up to $1,000
Ended
Up to $2,000 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 $2,000
Ended
$1,000.00 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: $1,000.00
Ended
Up to $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: Up to $1,000
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
Up to $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: Up to $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 you are a member of the Merced School Employees Federal Credit...
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
Up to $1,000 MSSM Friendship Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating what friendship means to you and how you plan to help others...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Up to $1,000
Ended
Varies MTC Distributing Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. This scholarship is being awarded under the direction of...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Pamela Ann Stahl Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating an interest in a career in teaching. Must be at a Junior or...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$500 Peter & Rochelle Koch Scholarship presented by Valley Land Alliance (VLA)
The Peter and Rochelle Scholarship, presented by the Valley Land Alliance (VLA) is given annually to a UC Merced student with a preference given to...
The Peter and Rochelle Scholarship, presented by the Valley Land...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
Varies Renewable Energy Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating an academic or career interest in renewable energy. Must have...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
1,000 Ruscoe Family Scholarship dba Merced Yosemite Realty
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Must have graduated...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: 1,000
Ended
up to $1,000 San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd responding with what legacy you wish to contribute to UC Merced as a...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: up to $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Speck Family Fund
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: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Stephen D. Peterson Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd. Must have been a past participant or are currently a participant of the...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1000 per recipient UC Merced Alumni Association Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating what legacy you wish to contribute to UC Merced and/or what...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1000 per recipient
Ended
Varies UC Merced Campuswide 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
Varies UC Merced Donors 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
Up to $1,000 UC Merced Staff Assembly Scholarship Fund for Employee's Children
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: Up to $1,000
Ended
$32,350.00 Undergraduate Scholarships for Health-Related Majors
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to incoming freshmen from Merced County who is...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $32,350.00
Ended
Varies University Friends Circle Distinguished Volunteer Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating an active and ongoing commitment to serving others in the...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,000 per recipient Westly Foundation Alumni 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: $1,000 per recipient
Ended
$1,000 Willer/BUR 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: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Wishek Family Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Must be from San...
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