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 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: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$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: $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 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: 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
$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: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$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: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$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: Ended
  • Award: $500
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
$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: $1,000
Ended
$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: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
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
$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: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$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: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
$0.00 Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund for Central Valley Community College Transfer Students
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
$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: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$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: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$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: Ended
  • Award: $2,000
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
$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: Ended
  • Award: $2,500
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: up to $1,500
Ended
$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: Ended
  • Award: $500
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
Varies; up to $1,000 Abrescy and Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence
The Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award was established in 2017 to recognize outstanding undergraduate research at UC Merced. The...
The Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award was...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies; up to $1,000