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
Varies Edward and Marion Doherty Fund for Yosemite Internship Program
The Edward and Marion Doherty Scholarship was created to support the...
$1,000 Fiori Lawrence Endowed Scholarship
In memory and recognition of Merill and Sally Fiori, and their...
$312,000.00 Frances M. Benton Scholarship
The Frances M. Benton Scholarship is designed to assist continuing...
Varies Gateway Scholarship Program
The Gateway Scholarship fund was established by an anonymous foundation...
Varies Kris-Tangella Academic Excellence Scholarship
To honor their parents’ belief in making education a priority, Dr. Madhu...
$1,000 Leroy C. Shobe Scholarship
The Leroy C Shobe Scholarship was established in 2006 to support...
up to $1,500 Mendenhall Family Collegiate Alumni Foundation Endowment
The Mendenhall Family Collegiate Alumni Foundation Scholarship was...
$1,000 Merced Mall Endowment for Entrepreneurial Students Scholarships
The Merced Mall Regional Shopping Center Scholarship will be awarded to...
$1,000 Nancy Sterner Moffett Endowed Scholarship
Through the generosity of Dr. Michael Choy and Dr. Shannon Moffett and...
Up to $5,000 Osher Reentry Scholarship
The Bernard Osher Foundation was started in 1977 with a mission to...
Varies Osher Scholarship Endowment for California Community College Transfer Students
The Bernard Osher Foundation was started in 1977 with a mission to...
$1,000 Ruth Soloman Hoffman Scholarship
Dr. Alan Hoffman, a prominent Merced pediatric dentist, and his wife,...
$1,000.00 Stephanie Rae Tomford Endowed Scholarship
The Stephanie Rae Tomford Endowed Scholarship was established in 2010 by...
$2,375.00 Ta Family Scholarship
As a proud UC Merced alumnus, Viet Ta is committed to helping future...
$1,000 The Paramount Farms Endowed Scholarship Fund
Prompted by their interest in supporting educational opportunities in...
Varies UC Merced Campuswide Scholarship
Must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March...
$47,000.00 Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund for Central Valley High School Students
Continuing a tradition of support for higher education that stretches...
$1,000 Wishek Family Endowed Scholarship
The Wishek Family Scholarship was established in honor of the Wishek...
Varies Yosemite Leadership Program Scholarship
The recipient is selected by Director of the Sierra Nevada Research...
Varies MTC Distributing Scholarship
Student eligibility is automatically determined based on your UC...
Ended
$2,500.00 Chen-Matsubara Family Endowed Scholarship
As University of California alumni with lifelong roots in the Central...
Ended
$1,000.00 The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF)
The California Emerging Technology Scholarship was created to honor and...
Ended
$2,000.00 Ray and Joan Dezember Scholarship
The Ray and Joan Dezember Scholarship was the first UC Merced...
$250 Karen Merritt Writing Program Undergraduate Award
The recipient is selected by the Dean of School of Social Sciences,...
Varies Minnie Andow CalTeach Scholarship Endowment Fund
This award is administered by the CAL Teach Program Director. Please...