Undergraduate Award Information (The deadlines for 2019 awards passed in April. This page will be updated when the deadlines for 2020 awards are announced.)

  • Deans', Chancellor's and Steck Awards

    These awards recognize exceptional achievements in research projects or other creative activities.  The aim is to encourage outstanding scholarship and promote research as an important part of undergraduate education.  Students may apply for the awards based on research projects they produced in courses taken in Spring 2018, Fall 2018, or Winter 2019, and will need to identify a faculty sponsor to write a letter in support of their application.  Students can find the award guidelines and apply directly on-line, by going to the Deans’ and Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards website, https://dca.ue.ucsc.edu.  The deadline for students to apply is April 3rd, 2019 at noon. Faculty letters are due a week later.
  • Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

    The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who are passionate about social issues and committed to public service. Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman graduated from UC Santa Cruz (Sociology) and was working for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as her Director of Community Outreach when he was tragically killed in a shooting at one of the Congresswoman’s public events. Generous donations from alumni, faculty, community members, and the general public have funded this scholarship.
    In 2019, the scholarship will provide a total of $10,000 to one or more outstanding undergraduate students who is a major in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about past recipients is available on the Social Sciences website (https://socialsciences.ucsc.edu/support-us/awards/student-awards/zimmerman/index.html). 
    Undergraduate majors in the social sciences are invited to apply for this scholarship by submitting a short essay (2-3 pages maximum) about their passion for social issues and commitment to public service, along with a resume and an unofficial copy of their transcript.  Candidates must be in good academic standing. 
    Applications must be submitted by April 15th, 2019 via email to Jerry Diaz, the Politics and Legal Studies Undergraduate Advisor (gdiaz5@ucsc.edu).        
  • Valerie Fuette Scholarship (New!)

    The Valerie Fuette scholarship was established to support aspiring, high-achieving students with financial need who have demonstrated the capacity to improve their performance and/or to overcome challenges or obstacles (academic, financial, or other) on the road to academic success. 
    In 2019, a total of $3,300 will be awarded to one or more students.  UCSC Politics majors in their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior years are eligible to apply for this award. 
    Selection is based on academic merit (GPA of 3.5 or higher), financial need, and a record of overcoming challenges and showing improvement in achieving academic success at UCSC. Politics majors are invited to apply for this scholarship by submitting an application cover sheet and short statement addressing the student’s record of improvement and financial need, along with a resume and an unofficial copy of their transcript.
    Application materials are available from Jerry Diaz, the Politics and Legal Studies Undergraduate Advisor (gdiaz5@ucsc.edu), and must be submitted to him via email by April 26th, 2019.
  • Benjamin Quaye Memorial Scholarship (New!)

    The Benjamin Quaye Memorial Endowment for Social Justice award is an annual undergraduate scholarship for a student with significant financial need who is pursuing educational and career goals in social justice, with a strong preference for a student who is the first in his/her family to attend college. Students who, like Benjamin, volunteer to help the underserved, such as foster youth, people with disabilities, and the homeless are ideal recipients of this award. Students will be nominated by their departments, and do not need to put forward an application for this scholarship. The award amount in 2019 is $900. 
    Suggestions for Politics or Legal Studies nominations are due to Jerry Diaz, the Politics and Legal Studies Undergraduate Advisor (gdiaz5@ucsc.edu), via email by April 15th, 2019.
  • Keeley Coastal Scholarship

    The Keeley Coastal Scholars program was established to support underrepresented undergraduate students from California with unmet financial need who are doing summer research and policy work connected to coastal sustainability. Up to two scholarships of $4,000 per student will be awarded with an associated $1,000 in support of the sponsoring faculty member. Funds can be used by students for any expenses incurred during the summer months.  For information about past winners, see https://socialsciences.ucsc.edu/support-us/awards/student-awards/keeley-coastal-scholars/index.html
    Undergraduate majors are invited to apply for this summer scholarship by submitting an online application, project budget, and an unofficial copy of their transcript by April 26th, 2019.  Candidates must be in good academic standing and have established financial need during the current academic year. The sponsoring faculty member should submit a letter detailing the student’s abilities and specific project responsibilities.