Undergraduate Awards

  • 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 2019, Fall 2020, or Winter 2020, 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 2, 2020 by 5pm. 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 2020, the scholarship will provide a total of $4,000 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
    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. Call for applications TBA.    
  • 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 will be awarded 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 the Social Sciences website.
    Undergraduate majors are invited to apply for this summer scholarship by submitting an online application, project budget, and an unofficial copy of their transcript. 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. Call for applications TBA.    
  • Valerie Fuette Scholarship

    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. 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. In 2020, a total of $2,000 was awarded to multiple students majoring in Politics. For more information on past recipients see here. Current student award profiles for 2020 can be accessed on the Division of Social Science website
    Undergraduate Politics majors are invited to apply each Spring scholarship by submitting an online application, personal statement, resume, and a copy of an unofficial copy transcript. For more information please contact the Politics Undergrad Coordinator Jerry Diaz at gdiaz5@ucsc.edu.