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Like many other universities, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) offers numerous scholarships for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and continuing students. Scholarships are available at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Sometimes, additional scholarships are available through individual departments.
UCLA students who are interested in finding grant money may find it helpful to start at the Scholarship Resource Center link, which is maintained by UCLA. It can be found here: http://www.scholarshipcenter.ucla.edu/. This website offers UCLA students information regarding departmental and school wide scholarships. Additionally, they have links to national scholarship databases and information of competitive national and international scholarships.
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Furthermore, students have the option of signing up for something called an “SRC group” to receive updates about scholarships. This website serves as a nice starting point for both student applicants and their parents. Students are able to connect with other scholarship resources, such as individual counseling appointments, grant writing workshops, and other strategy-based resources to help improve their chances of landing some free money.
Students can easily see the large list of scholarships available by name, deadline, and read a brief description of each. The descriptions generally describe how much the funding is for and any special requirements (such as majoring in a certain program or grade point average criteria) that must be met in order to be considered. Some of the scholarships on this list are need-based while others are based on academic merit.
Some of the scholarships of this list, such as the Los Angeles Chapter of the Links scholarship require that students demonstrate financial need and community service. This scholarship also primarily funds African American students. It is important that students carefully read the description, as some of the other scholarships are geared towards certain groups of students as well (i.e., the Carl H. Unruh Undergraduate Scholarship is used for UCLA students who were adopted).
Criteria for these vary from being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (Nancy Diane Orford Scholarship) to reentry scholarships for older students whose previous studies were interrupted by extenuating circumstances (Bernard Osher/Marcia Berger Foundation Reentry Scholarship). The Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) Scholarship is geared towards California students who have transferred from a California state community college. Students receive about $5,000 per year for two years.
In addition, students can further explore the website above to find other scholarships related to Honors Programs and more. Simply look of the left hand side of the webpage and click on the appropriate tab. Students may also want to check out the UCLA affordability page as it has links to UCLA Regents scholarships, UCLA alumni scholarships, and UCLA achievement scholarships. More information can be found here: http://www.ucla.edu/admission/affordability. Lastly, UCLA also maintains a website of extension scholarships. These grants are typically offered by the departments and can be found here: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/str/endowed-scholarships.aspx.
Author: Jeff Gitlen