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 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 2017-2018 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
$0.00 Ray and Joan Dezember Scholarship
  • Deadline: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/02/2018
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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: 1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$1,000 Stephanie Rae Tomford Endowed Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd. Must have an English major. Must be at a Junior or Senior grade level...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$1,000 The Paramount Farms Endowed Scholarship Fund
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. Awarded to incoming freshmen who are residence of of the...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$500 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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $500
Deadline03/02/2018
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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/02/2018
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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$500 UC Merced Student Alumni Association 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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $500
Deadline03/02/2018
$0.00 UCM Dream Act 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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/02/2018
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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: Varies up to $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$1,000 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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$0.00 Wally Coats Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating an interest in music and/or visual arts. Must be a California...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$0.00 Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund for Central Valley Community College Transfer Students
  • Deadline: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$0.00 Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund for Central Valley High School Students
  • Deadline: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$2,000 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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $2,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/02/2018
$2,500 Yara North America Almond Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2nd indicating a desire to learn about and engage in research in the almond...
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
  • Deadline: 03/02/2018
  • Award: $2,500
Deadline03/02/2018
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: 03/02/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/02/2018
$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 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:
  • 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
$0.00 Gateway Scholarship Program
  • Deadline:
  • Award: $0.00
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
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
$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
Varies Ray and Joan Dezember Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC Admissions Application. This scholarship will be awarded to entering students both...
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
$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