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 2020, Fall 2020, or Winter 2021, 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 to apply is March 24. 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 2021, the scholarship will provide up to $8,000 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. Applications can be emailed to the Politics Undergraduate Coordinator, Jerry Diaz to gdiaz5@ucsc.edu. The deadline to apply is April 9.
  • 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. Online applications can be submitted here. The deadline to apply is February 19.
  • 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 2021, a total of $2,100 will be awarded to multiple students majoring in Politics. For more information on past recipients see here.

    Undergraduate Politics majors are invited to apply by submitting an online application to the Politics Undergraduate Coordinator, Jerry Diaz (gdiaz5@ucsc.edu). The deadline to apply is April 9.
  • Benjamin Quaye Memorial Scholarship

    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 2021 is $1,500.

    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 9, 2021. For more information see here.