Apply to Undergraduate Scholarships/Awards

Below you find information about some of the more relevant award and scholarship opportunities for Sociology students, including a few through the Sociology Department and the Social Sciences Division. Students should also work with the financial aid office for grants and scholarships.

Popular Award & Scholarship Opportunities:

  1. The Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender Senior Thesis Award - Open, May 6, 2022 by 12pm
  2. The Fanny Carruthers Award in Sociology - Open, Due: May 6, 2022 by 12pm 
  3. Walsh Family Scholarship
  4. Deans', Chancellor's, and Steck Award - Closed March 27, 2022
  5. The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship - Closed April 13, 2022
  6. Benjamin Quaye Memorial Endowment for Social Justice - Closed April 15, 2022
  7. Transforming Futures: Summer Internship Scholarship Program - Open, Due: May 1, 2022
  8. The Rick Hooper Scholarship - Closed March 4, 2022
  9. Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  10. Blum Scholar Grant Award
  11. Judy Yung Memorial Fellowship in Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies - Open, Due: April 25, 2022
  12. Joel Frankel Memorial Scholarship - Open throughout academic year
  13. Nancy Pascal Field Study Scholarship
  14. Cynthia Mathews Scholarship - Open, Due by 5pm May 6, 2022
  15. The Keeley Coastal Scholars Program - Closed March 4, 2022
  16. Donald A. Strauss Scholarship - Closed February 11, 2022


Looking for additional funding opportunities?

Check out this extensive guide that includes both UCSC and non-UCSC awards and scholarships:

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The Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender Senior Thesis Award

Sociology Award
Award amount varies each year, subject to funding.

Deadline to Apply: By Noon on Friday, May 6th, 2022

This award is given to a Sociology major who has completed the best senior thesis on race, class, and gender during the academic year. The award amount varies yearly. Students who are currently working on their thesis but are not yet ready to apply, are eligible to apply in Spring of the following academic year, even if the student has graduated. This means students who are working on their senior thesis for the 2021-22 academic year but are not ready to apply, may apply in Spring of the 2022-23 academic year.

Application Materials Required:

1) A letter by the senior thesis faculty advisor to the Sociology Department’s Undergraduate Education Chair (Rebecca London,, with a copy to the Department’s Undergraduate Advisor (Tina Cossaboom,, nominating the senior thesis; specifying how it examines issues of race, class, and gender, and describing the merits of the thesis.

2) A letter by the nominee stating that a) they are submitting their senior thesis for consideration for the Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender Senior Thesis Award, and b) that, should they receive the award, they are willing to have their name and the title of their senior thesis announced as the recipient of the award.

3) The nominee submits a PDF version of the senior thesis as an email attachment to the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor, Tina Cossaboom,

Deadline to Apply: By Noon on Friday, May 6th, 2022



The Fanny Carruthers Award in Sociology

Sociology Award 

Award amount varies each year, subject to funding.

Deadline to Apply: By Noon on Friday, May 6th, 2022

Anne Jane "Fanny" Carruthers Howard died on February 15, 1972, leaving a portion of her estate in a trust to be used to fund scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students attending the University of California, Santa Cruz, who have need of financial assistance. This award is specific to undergraduate and graduate students who graduated from a High School in Santa Clara County and have chosen Sociology as their major. This award is based on financial need and academic merit. The award amount varies each year.


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student of UCSC.
  • Graduated from a high school in Santa Clara County.
  • Majoring in Sociology.
  • Have financial need. (Currently receiving financial aid through UCSC.)
  • Have high academic merit.

Application Materials Required:

  1. Submit a one page letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this scholarship. Indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, your student ID number, the high school you graduated from, and contact information including address and phone number.
  2. Submit a faculty letter of recommendation. Sociology faculty are preferred, but not required.

 Please email your materials to the Undergraduate Advisor, Tina Cossaboom, at

Deadline to Apply: By Noon on Friday, May 6th, 2022




Walsh Family Scholarship

Rotating Divisional Award 

Sociology received this award in 2020. The next time Sociology will be eligible for this award is in 2027.

Distinguished Professor of Economics Carl Walsh, and his wife Judy Walsh, established the Walsh Family Scholarship Endowment for Social Science majors in honor of Eugene and Bessie Walsh. "This is a lasting way of honoring my parents," said Carl Walsh. "They set a good example of doing things they thought would make the world a better place."

In recognition of the gift, the conference room in Social Sciences 1 was renamed the Eugene and Bessie Walsh Conference Room. A plaque inside the room describes the careers and philanthropy of Eugene and Bessie Walsh.

Eugene Walsh, after being forced to cut short his studies at UCLA to support his parents during the Great Depression, followed by his service in the 94th division during WWII, returned to the classroom decades later, graduating from UCLA's executive program in 1964, and receiving an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in 1972.

He retired in 1977 as president and CEO of Ralph's Grocery Company and vice president and assistant to the chairman of Ralph’s parent company, Federated Department Stores. Eugene and Bessie Walsh are active in the Food Industry Circle of the City of Hope charity in Los Angeles, which has raised more than $100

million for cancer research, and Eugene Walsh has received numerous awards for his civic work in the Los Angeles area. The elder Walshes have also supported research activities in UC Santa Cruz's Economics Department for years.

Carl Walsh joined the UC Santa Cruz faculty in 1987 after being affiliated with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, where he continues to be a visiting scholar. Previously, he was a faculty member at Princeton University and at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His research focuses on issues in monetary economics, including the effects of institutional reforms on monetary policy. Judy Walsh is a member of the pioneer class of Crown College, earning a bachelor's degree in history in 1971. In 1990, she received a master's degree in applied economics. She served as the Development Consultant and Development Director for the New Teacher Center until 2007.

The Walsh Family Scholarship is an award to one or more undergraduate students in any of the majors within the Division of Social Sciences. This award rotates annually among the departments in the division. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need. This year there is a total of $5000 available, which can be awarded to one or more sociology undergraduates.

Application Materials Required:

  • A maximum two page, single spaced essay explaining why you are a good candidate for this scholarship

  • Resume

  • Unofficial transcript(s)

How to Submit Application:

APPLICATION CLOSED. This is a rotating divisional award and Sociology will award again in 2027.




Deans', Chancellor's and Steck Awards

Campus Awards

Deadline to Apply: March 27, 2022

The Deans and Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz wish to recognize excellence in research and creativity among undergraduate students as evidenced through projects and theses performed in the normal pattern of academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see a listing of current and previous winning projects.

The online application for the 2022 Deans' and Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards opens February 14, 2022

Please read the application guidelines below and contact a faculty mentor to confirm they are willing to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. 

All 2022 applications must be completed and submitted online by March 27, 2022All graduating Dean's and Chancellor's winners will be recognized by having their names listed in the commencement program during UC Santa Cruz's graduation ceremonies.



Dean's Awards are granted to fifty of the most excellent undergraduate research theses or projects (ten from each academic division) completed at UCSC during the academic year. Each Dean's award project will receive $100 for outstanding achievement in their division. Winners of the Dean's awards will be announced by the end of April 2022. 


Fifteen Chancellor’s Awards are granted to the most outstanding top three theses or projects from each division's Deans' Awardees. Each Chancellor's Award project will recieve an additional $500. Winners of the Chancellor's awards will be announced by the beginning of May 2022. 

The 2021 Chancellor's Award Event is viewable here.


The Steck Award will recognize the most outstanding research project chosen from the fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees. This student (or team) will receive (or share) an award of $2,000 and the winner's mentor will receive an award of $1,000. In addition, the winning research project will be bound and copies given to the student(s), the research supervisor, the UC Santa Cruz Library, and the Steck Family whose generous contributions have made this award possible.

The Steck Award winner will be posted on the winners page of this site by the end of Student Acheivement Week - early June 2022.

Winners of the Deans', Chancellor's and Steck awards will be honored during Undergraduate Student Achievement Week. The names of the 2021 winners are posted here and they were acknowledged at the 2021 UCSC College Commencement ceremonies.

Read here about the 2021 Steck Award winner, Olivia Ross, whose project involved studying the possibility of detecting primordial black holes using pulsars. "Ross has never chosen the easier path. If anything, she always picks the steepest and most slippery slope" - Dan White (from UCSC NewsCenter).


  1. All research project submissions must include at least one letter of recommmendation by a faculty mentor/sponsor. Once the student submits their application a seperate email to the mentor listed will be generated automatically containing the link for them to submit the letter of recommendation. All undergraduate students applicants must contact their mentor/sponsor before submitting their application in order to confirm that a letter of support will be possible.
  2. All applications must include either an attachment of a completed thesis or completed project or performance (by URL). Research projects must be finished when the application is submitted. Projects that are still in progress, or are planned to be completed after the application deadline, should be submitted in the following application cycle. Submitted applications that are incomplete, or do not have a project attachment or link, or are projects that are not yet completed, will be rejected.
  3. The applicant should choose the one faculty mentor/sponsor of their project who is most familiar with the project and who will be able to provide the strongest letter of recommendation. Only one letter of recommendation is required. Mentors should be UCSC faculty/lecturers/post-docs/researchers etc that have a blue CruzID.
  4. For group projects, only one student in the group (usually the lead in the project) completes an application. They then must list the other students as project students. Each project member must approve of the application that is submitted. 
  5. When the faculty mentor/sponsor submits their letter of recommendation, they must also approve the submitted project. Faculty sponsor recommendations and approvals must be submitted online immediately after the student application deadline. It is recommended that the mentor/sponsor write the letter as soon as possible after being contacted by the student.
  6. Foreign language projects must be accompanied by appropriate translation.
  7. Technical papers must include an abstract in non-technical language.
  8. Projects completed in spring 2020 (and therefore not submitted in last year’s competition) are eligible for the 2021 awards competition, even if the student has already graduated. 
  9. Previous award winners are only eligible to submit projects in the current application cycle if those projects are significantly different in scope or topic from the previously awarded project.

Application requires use of your CruzID Gold password

Please contact if you have any questions regarding the application or the application guidelines 



The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

Social Science Division Award

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

(Departments in the Social Sciences Division set their own internal deadlines. If you are majoring in another department, please check their deadline to apply).

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 shot and killed. Generous donations from more than 520 alumni, faculty, community members, and the general public funded this endowment.

The Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship is awarded based on a meritorious, ongoing, and demonstrated commitment to public service combined with academic excellence. In 2022 up to $9,000 is available to award to one or more outstanding undergraduate students majoring in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about the award, and about the past recipients of this award, is available on the Social Sciences website.

Undergraduate majors in the social sciences are invited to apply for this scholarship through their department by submitting a short essay (2-3 pages maximum) about their passion for social issues and commitment to public service as well as a copy of their resume. Candidates must be in excellent academic standing and submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts with their essay and resume. Each department may select up to twp ranked candidates for this award and submit their application packet for review along with a nomination letter detailing why these candidates were chosen. The selection committee, appointed by the Dean, includes two faculty and three community members.

Application Materials Required:

  • A 2-3 page essay about your passion for social issues and commitment to public service, in PDF format

  • Resume, in PDF format

  • Unofficial transcript(s), in PDF format

How to Submit Application:

Please email your application materials to the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor: Tina Cossaboom

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, April 13th, 2022


Benjamin Quaye Memorial Endowment for Social Justice

Social Science Divisional Award

Deadline to apply: Friday, April 15th, 2022

(Departments in the Social Sciences Division set their own internal deadlines or may have a completely different nomination process. If you are majoring in another department within the division, please check their nomination process with the department advisor).

The Benjamin Quaye Memorial Endowment for Social Justice was established in 2016 to honor UCSC undergraduate Benjamin Quaye. Ben had a strong commitment to spreading the values of tolerance and social justice, and his studies and future plans were built upon these ideals. He was a Sociology and History double major, and his degree was awarded posthumously in Winter 2010.
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 under-served, such as foster youth, people with disabilities, and the homeless are ideal recipients of this award. The award amount in 2022 is $2200.
Each Department in the Social Sciences Division may nominate one student for this award. To be considered for the nomination, sociology students must submit the following application materials by Friday, April 15th, 2022 to the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor (
  • A 1-2 page essay explaining why you are a good candidate for this award, in PDF format.

  • Resume, in PDF format

  • Unofficial transcript, in PDF format


Transforming Futures: Summer Internship Scholarship Program

Social Science Division Award

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, May 1, 2022

The Institute for Social Transformation is excited to launch a new pilot program for students called Transforming Futures, providing internship scholarships up to $6,000 in Summer 2022 for SocSci undergrads. The goal of the program is to expand opportunities and remove financial barriers for first-generation, underrepresented, and low-income college students so they can participate in career-advancing summer internships.

Priority will be given to students who meet the eligibility criteria, have EOP status, and have done some advance preparation before submitting an application, including:

  • met with a UCSC Career Coach to explore internship and career options, prep for interviews, get resume feedback, etc.
  • met with an EOP counselor to develop a plan for student success and work out a summer budget
  • met with an internship coordinator in their department, major, or field of interest, if available
  • identified a faculty mentor who will provide guidance throughout the internship
  • arranged a potential full-time summer internship 
Internships should be with off-campus employers, primarily those who are not able to provide fully paid internships, such as nonprofit organizations, government entities, small businesses or start-ups. The location can be anywhere in the world. 


Scholarship awards will be up to $6,000 for summer interns. Award amounts will differ based on financial need and the level of students’ expected summer living expenses. In the pilot year, we anticipate being able to award 6-10 scholarships. The program will be administered by the Institute for Social Transformation in the Division of Social Sciences and we are partnering with UCSC Career Success and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Initially the scholarships will be limited to UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students in the Social Sciences, however we hope to expand the program in future years.


The Rick Hooper Scholarship

Social Science Divisional Award

Deadline to apply: Friday, March 4th 2022, by Midnight

The Rick Hooper Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Richard M. "Rick" Hooper, who died at age 40 in the August 19, 2003 terrorist bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.

Administered through the Division of Social Sciences, the Rick Hooper Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Preference will be given to undergraduate students in any UC Santa Cruz department who have a demonstrated interest in or are pursuing studies in one or more of the areas in which Rick Hooper focused his life's work. The award is intended to fund travel expenses for the selected undergraduate student or students for any of the following purposes:

  • increasing understanding of the Arabic language or the Arabic-speaking or Muslim world
  • study at a college or university in an Arabic-speaking or Muslim majority country
  • an internship in peace and conflict resolution or human rights
  • study or work in Palestinian human rights issues

Candidates must be UCSC undergraduate students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need. 

To apply: submit a 500-word proposal and a copy of your unofficial academic transcript via e-mail to  The proposal must concisely explain your experience, preparation, and concrete goals related to the topics above and the amount of funding required for travel-related expenses


Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Campus Award

Closed for 2021. Next application cycle TBD
Apply for a $1,500 Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarship! Koret Scholarships are available to students in any major or discipline who are involved in an undergraduate research project or creative activity under faculty or graduate student mentorship in spring or summer 2021. In most cases, Koret Scholars should work with their mentors in a 2 or 5 credit individual studies course. Up to 50 scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to undergraduate students from any discipline.

For more details and to apply visit: Questions should be directed to



Blum Scholar Grant Program

Campus Award

Closed for 2021. Next application cycle TBD

+/- 10 awards up to $3,000 each

The UCSC Blum Scholars program provides funding to undergraduate and graduate students to conduct community-based research projects either domestically or abroad that addresses poverty, social enterprise, or participatory governance. Approximately ten awards are granted annually.

Award: Student grants are limited to a maximum of $3,000 for community-based work completed in the summer months (June – September). The award serves as a stipend to cover project expenses related to travel (e.g., air and ground, lodging, meals) and/or research (e.g., participant compensation, photocopying). Any equipment purchased with the award must be returned to the UCSC Blum Center for use by future Blum Scholars.

Eligibility: Funding is offered to highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled and in good standing at UC Santa Cruz. Students must return for at least one quarter after completing their project and participate in a public event highlighting their work. Funding is not available for use for EAP, UC Summer Abroad, or to individuals that have previously received Blum Scholar funding. Equipment is generally not funded when rental options are available.

Evaluation Criteria: Student applicants should describe a specific community-based project, how the project aligns with the Blum Center, outline a budget, and develop a realistic time frame for completion. A strong proposal will include a clear description of the project’s objective, anticipated outcomes, and how the work is to be carried out. Examination of the applicant's research interests, relevant background skills, experience, goals and their alignment with the UCSC Blum Center's mission will all be determinants of award evaluation.  Examination of the applicant's research interests, relevant background skills, experience, goals and their alignment with the UCSC Blum Center's mission will all be determinants of award evaluation.

The following requirements are essential to being considered for a Blum Scholar award.

1. A complete and on-time online application submitted by 11:59pm US Pacific time on March 20, 2020 to the online form at:

2. A brief letter of recommendation from a faculty member sent to by the application deadline.

3. A brief letter of sponsorship by a community organization supervisor or mentor sent to by the application deadline.

4. A final project report with at least 5 photos, due on or before October 1, 2020 by email. A presentation of findings will take place in the following fall or winter quarter.

If your proposal is awarded, applicants must apply for IRB approval/exemption and fill out a waiver of liability. We suggest you begin the IRB process as soon as possible.

If you are interested, see past awardees here.

For Additional Questions Contact: Lisa Nishioka, Program Manager,

Closed for 2021. Next application cycle TBD



Judy Yung Memorial Fellowship in Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies

Apply by: Friday, April 25, 2022

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Department is proud to announce the 2022 Judy Yung Memorial Fellowship in Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies. CRES invites students from all levels (undergraduate and graduate) to apply for funding to support Asian-, Asian diasporic-, Pacific Islander-, and Pacific Islander diasporic-related research geared towards the preservation of oral histories and engagement of local community archives. Two $500 fellowships will be awarded this academic year. 

Judy Yung was born to immigrant parents from China in 1946 and grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown where she attended both Chinese-language and American public schools. Inspired by her family’s connection to this location and the profound lack of materials about Chinese Americans in the library she worked in, Yung began her journey as a historian by establishing the library’s Chinese-language and Chinese American collections. Yung then began collecting oral histories and worked to archive and preserve the poems discovered on the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station and in 1981 began to organize the first exhibit on Chinese American women, which would later become the book Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial History (University of Washington Press, 1986).

After receiving her PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, Yung helped establish the Asian American studies program at UC Santa Cruz where she also taught courses in women’s studies, oral history, and mixed-race studies. After her retirement, Yung continued to build critical resources on the history of Chinese Americans by authoring and co-authoring several books. Her scholarship powerfully transformed conversations surrounding the Chinese American experience by archiving a wealth of images, stories, and experiences that would have otherwise been lost to time.

This fellowship seeks to honor the spirit of Yung’s socially committed scholarship by supporting students who work in the community archives and/or work to preserve the oral histories of Asians, Asian American, Asian diasporic, Pacific Islander, Pacific Islander American, and Pacific Islander diasporic populations.

This application is open to UCSC undergraduate and graduate students with research interests in oral history and/or community archives. Preference will be given to CRES majors and Black Studies minors and graduate students with a Designated Emphasis in CRES.  


If you’re a financial aid applicant, this award would be incorporated into your aid offer to meet your budgeted cost of attendance. In most cases the award will fill any gap between your aid and budget, or the award will reduce your loan obligation. Once factored into your aid offer, the award is paid through to your UC Santa Cruz student account. If you owe fees for the term in which the award is applied, the award will apply to those fees first. Any remaining funds will be issued to you via direct deposit or by check, depending on how you are signed up to receive refunds.


If you have questions about how this award would affect your current aid, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at or 831-459-2963.

To apply, please submit the following to in PDF format:

  • 750-word project proposal
  • timeline of completion
  • resume/CV
  • itemized budget

The final deadline to apply is Friday, April 25, 2022. For questions regarding this process, please reach out to Shauntay Larkins at



Joel Frankel Memorial Scholarship

Latin American Latino/a Studies Award

The Joel Frankel Memorial Fund awards grants to support undergraduate field study projects in Latin America or in Spanish speaking communities within the United States. While any UCSC undergraduate may apply, priority is given to Merrill College students, Latin American & Latino Studies majors and Politics majors focusing on Latin American and Latina/o issues, whose proposals reflect the founding spirit and vision that established the fund.

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received during the academic year. Decisions within 4-6 weeks of submission and sooner whenever possible. Email with any questions.

Past Joel Frankel Awardees (get ideas!)

Joel Frankel Application Guidelines

Joel Frankel Application Form


Nancy Pascal Field Study Scholarship Application 

Closed for 2021. Next application cycle TBD

Awarded annually to students who participate in field study programs. The scholarship is intended to encourage and support real-world experiences that complement formal academic requirements. Nancy Pascal established the scholarship in honor of her retirement after 32 years of dedicated service to UC Santa Cruz in the the Registrar's Office.

Who is eligible? All UCSC undergraduate students planning a field study through any UCSC academic department or program Spring 2020 - Winter 2021 are eligible to apply. 

Guidelines, deadlines, and the application form can be downloaded here.

Cynthia Mathews Scholarship

The Cynthia Mathews Scholarship is awarded to students in any UC Santa Cruz department or program who are pursuing studies or internships related to reproductive rights, health policy, healthcare professions, or public health.  Cynthia and her family and friends established a scholarship in 2007 through the generous donations of friends, family, and colleagues of Cynthia Mathews to honor her 40 years of outstanding service in the area of reproductive health.
Who is eligible? Any UCSC undergraduate who is pursuing studies, field studies, internships, or special projects related to:
• Reproductive rights 
• Health policy
• Healthcare professions
• Public health
Anytime between July 1, 2022, and May 30, 2023. Students must be returning to the campus for one or more quarters after the proposed research/study/internship.
Up to $1000 will be awarded to one more students.
To be considered for this scholarship please complete: The Cynthia Mathews Scholarship application form. Please review the guidelines before applying.
Applications are due by 5 pm on Friday, May 6, 2022.

The Keeley Coastal Scholars Program

Social Science Divisional Award

Deadline to apply: Friday, March 4th 2022, by Midnight

The Keeley Coastal Scholars program will support underrepresented undergraduate students from California with an unmet financial need doing summer research and policy work connected to Coastal Sustainability with a scholarship between $1,000 to $3,500 per student. These funds can be used for any expenses incurred during the summer months. Preference may be given to projects that can be carried out under potential pandemic restrictions.

Eligibility and Application:

  • Candidates must be in good academic standing
  • Candidates must have established financial need during the current academic year
  • Submit the online application
  • Submit the project budget to
  • Submit unofficial transcript to
  • Sponsoring faculty member must submit a letter detailing the student's abilities and specific project responsibilities to, before the application deadline.

Donald A. Strauss Scholarship

National Award - Apply Through Campus Liaison

Deadline to Apply: February 11, 2022. 
Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to submit their proposal to pursue a project of public service and social change during their junior or senior year. More information, including examples of previous projects and how to apply, is available on the Strauss Foundation website
Am I Eligible?
  1. Are you a full-time undergraduate student 
  2. Are you a third year student graduating in June 2023, or a second year student graduating  between June 2023 and June 2024 ?
  3. Have a GPA in the upper 1/3 of your class?
  4. Have the desire to “make a difference” in local, regional, national or international communities?
Selection Criteria
  1. Demonstrated interest in public service.
  2. Outstanding leadership potential.
  3. Submitted an innovative public service project proposal.
Applications are submitted to Don Bard, the Strauss UCSC liaison, at The UCSC application deadline is February 11, 2022. 
Interested students should contact Don Bard, Coordinator of Undergraduate Honors and Research Opportunities at, for information about the scholarship. 


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