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 2023-2024 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
Up to $1,000 AARP Merced Chapter #282 Scholarship
The AARP Merced Chapter #282 recognizes the importance of education and...
Deadline03/02/2023
up to $5,000 Anne and Edward Spaulding Scholarship
California Natives, Anne and Edward Spaulding, are committed to...
Deadline03/02/2023
Varies Calvin E Bright Engineering Scholarship
The Bright Family Foundation recognizes the financial barriers of...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000 Caroline L. Adams Endowed Scholarship
Christopher Adams and his wife, Jane Adams, established this scholarship...
Deadline03/02/2023
Up to $500 Comcast Collegiate Alumni Foundation
The Comcast Collegiate Alumni Foundation Scholarship was established to...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1000 Floyd Family Foundation Scholarship
The Floyd Family Foundation Scholarship was established in support of...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000.00 Ganio-Julian Family Scholarship
As a proud UC Merced alumnus from the pioneering class, Jessica “JaeJae”...
Deadline03/02/2023
Up to $1,000 Grossman Family Endowed Scholarship
The Grossman Family Endowed Scholarship was established for students in...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000 Hannah and Eddie Vasquez Family Scholarship
As a past UC Merced Chief of Police and Assistant Vice Chancellor for...
Deadline03/02/2023
Up to $1,000 Hoffman/Rivera Family Scholarship Fund
Kyle Hoffman and Olivia Rivera are longstanding champions of higher...
Deadline03/02/2023
Up to $2,000 Jefferson Jennings Doolittle Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Jefferson Jennings Doolittle Scholarship Fund was established by...
Deadline03/02/2023
Varies John Elia Scholarship Endowment in Support of Veterans
The John Elia Scholarship to support Veterans and their families was...
Deadline03/02/2023
Up to $1,000 Ken and Midge Riggs Endowed Scholarship
The Ken and Midge Riggs Scholarship was established to support a student...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000 per recipient Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Computing Scholarship
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Computing Scholarships...
Deadline03/02/2023
Up to $1,000 Merced County Association of Realtors Scholarship
The Merced County Association of Realtors Scholarship was created...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000 Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union Endowed Scholarship
The Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union is committed to...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000 Michael and Arline Colvin Endowed Scholarship
The Michael and Arlene Colvin Endowed Scholarship is designed to reward...
Deadline03/02/2023
Up to $1,000 MSSM Friendship Scholarship
Dr. McFadden, through the MSSM Friendship Scholarship Foundation, has...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000.00 Pamela Ann Stahl Scholarship
The Pamela Stahl Memorial Scholarship was established to permanently...
Deadline03/02/2023
$500 Peter & Rochelle Koch Scholarship presented by Valley Land Alliance (VLA)
The Peter and Rochelle Scholarship, presented by the Valley Land...
Deadline03/02/2023
Varies Renewable Energy Scholarship
The Renewable Energy Scholarship is funding provided by an anonymous...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000.00 Robert and Donna Evans Endowed Scholarship Fund
As respected educators in Merced, Robert and Donna Evans dedicated their...
Deadline03/02/2023
1,000 Ruscoe Family Scholarship dba Merced Yosemite Realty
As a proud UC Merced alumnus from the pioneering class, Brandon Ruscoe...
Deadline03/02/2023
up to $1,000 San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Network Endowed Scholarship
As the entity representing UC Alumni who reside within the San Joaquin...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000 Speck Family Fund
The Speck family, in support of higher education, founded this...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000 Stephen D. Peterson Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established through the Stephen D. Peterson...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000.00 The Swarth Fogel NRS Undergraduate Research Scholarship
The Christopher W Swarth and Marilyn L Fogel NRS Undergraduate...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1000 per recipient UC Merced Alumni Association Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
Deadline03/02/2023
Up to $1,500 UC Merced Staff Assembly Scholarship Fund for Employee's Children
UC Merced Staff Assembly offers a scholarship to children of current UC...
Deadline03/02/2023
$500 per recipient UC Merced Student Alumni Association Scholarship
As the largest student group on campus, the UC Merced Student Alumni...
Deadline03/02/2023
Varies University Friends Circle Distinguished Volunteer Scholarship
The University Friends Circle (UFC) Distinguished Volunteer Scholarship...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,000 per recipient Westly Foundation Alumni Scholarship
The Westly Foundation Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund was established...
Deadline03/02/2023
$1,500 Beverlee Sieghold Antoine Endowed Scholarship
Beverlee Sieghold Antoine’s passion for English and writing are...
Deadline05/01/2023
5,000 Bowles Scholarship
Dr. Gloria Bowles, founder of the women’s studies program at the...
Deadline05/01/2023
$6,000.00 Crankstart Transfer Scholarship
The Crankstart Foundation is a charitable organization started by...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000 Ernest S. and Bettine Kuh Scholarship
Former Chancellor Steve Kang along with his wife, Mia, established the...
Deadline05/01/2023
$2,500.00 Fred and Mitzie Ruiz Scholarship
As longtime donors and two of UC Merced’s earliest and most dedicated...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000.00 John C. "Jack" Pjerrou Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Lindsay Ann Desrochers, who wished to...
Deadline05/01/2023
Varies John Elia Scholarship Endowment in Support of Undocumented Students
The John Elia Scholarship to support undocumented students was...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000 Louis P. Gonella Memorial Scholarship
The Louis P. Gonella Memorial Scholarship will provide financial support...
Deadline05/01/2023
$2,500 renewable for 4 years Mark D. and Lisa A. Levine Scholarship
Mark and Lisa Levine, practicing clinicians and innovators in mental...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000 Patricia Berry Kruszelnicki and Beth and Peter Kruszelnicki Memorial Scholarship
The Patricia Berry Kruszelnicki and Beth and Peter Kruszelnicki Memorial...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000 Professor Roland Winston Endowed Scholarship
In 2005-06, the Chancellor’s Office established the Professor Roland...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000 Rose R. Ruiz Endowed Scholarship
Fred and Mitzie Ruiz established the Rose R. Ruiz Scholarship to honor...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000.00 Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund for Central Valley Community College Transfer Students
Continuing a tradition of support for higher education that stretches...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000 Wendy Leone Olson Endowed Scholarship
Wendell Olson established the Wendy Leon Olson Endowed Scholarship to...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000 Willer/BUR Scholarship
This scholarship was created to support students at UC Merced achieve...
Deadline05/01/2023
$1,000 Abe Tenenbaum Memorial Scholarship
The Abe Tenenbaum Memorial Scholarship is designed to assist incoming...
$2,000.00 AT&T Foundation Scholarship
The AT&T Foundation Scholarship recognize academically-talented first...
$1,000 Bank of America Distinguished Management Scholars Program
The Bank of America Distinguished Scholars’ Program is designed to...