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Regents Scholarship

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The most prestigious scholarship on the UC Davis campus, the Regents Scholarship is awarded to students based solely on their academic and personal achievements. If you will enter UC Davis as a freshman or junior transfer, or if you are a continuing student entering your junior year, you are eligible for this scholarship and its associated privileges.

Selection of Scholars

The Regents Scholarship is a merit-based award—scholars are selected based on their academic achievements and personal accomplishments rather than their financial need. Regents Scholars are generally within the top four percent of the admitted class.

To qualify for consideration, freshman applicants are considered solely on the basis of information contained in the UC application; transfer applicants for fall 2014 must have a GPA of 3.80 or higher and must submit an online letter of recommendation to the Undergraduate Scholarship Office by January 8, 2014. For more information, visit financialaid.ucdavis.edu/scholarships.

Entering freshmen who have been selected to receive the Regents Scholarship will be notified when they receive their offer of admission; entering transfer students will be notified in mid- to late-April.

Award Amount

New Regents Scholars without financial need (as determined by the UC Davis Financial Aid Office) receive an honorarium. The current honorarium award is $7,500, disbursed over three quarters.

Qualified students with demonstrated financial need can also receive an additional stipend. The stipend is designed to supplement the student's own resources, including savings, summer earnings, parent contributions, federal and state grants and scholarships awarded by other agencies. This award frees Regents Scholars from the necessity of working while enrolled in school and should allow students to graduate without any loan debt.

Scholarship Terms

The Regents Scholarship covers twelve quarters of undergraduate study for freshman recipients and six quarters for new recipients with junior-level standing. The honorarium is awarded annually through the duration of the scholarship, as are the library and priority registration privileges.

In order to continue the scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25, complete at least 39 units each year and be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student. The Undergraduate Scholarship Office/Regents Scholarship Program monitors eligibility quarterly.

More detailed information on the scholarship and eligibility terms for Regents Scholars is included with each award offer. Copies of this information are available from the Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships office.

Kate Brown '10
San Jose, California

Kate Brown '10



Degrees: B.A. in Psychology
B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Planned M.D. degree '15
Dream Career: Primary Care Doctor


"I am now in medical school, and my pre-med experience would not have been the same without the Regents Scholarship at UC Davis. It helped connect me to many internships, research positions, etc.

I got great letters of recommendation for medical school from faculty connected with the University Honors Program, because they knew me well in small-group classes. Priority registration allowed me to double-major without taking summer classes, and still graduate in four years. I had more control of my schedule, so I could schedule time for internships and research.

Some special perks of going to UC Davis for pre-meds are the student-run clinics and the excellent anatomy program."

Privileges and Perks

If you are selected as a Regents Scholar, you will be afforded certain privileges most other undergraduates are not.

  • Priority Registration begins your second quarter on campus. You will be allowed to register for classes before most other undergraduates regardless of your class standing.
  • Extended Library Privilege lengthens the usual library loan period from two weeks to the entire quarter. So, instead of returning or renewing your books every 14 days, you’ll have them until the end of the quarter.
  • Transcript notation will be placed on your official UC Davis transcript, recording your status as a Regents Scholar.
  • University Honors Program includes a residential honors program for first-year students, guaranteeing space to all Regents Scholars who choose to participate. The oldest such program in the UC system, this intimate community of about 100 students allows highly talented and motivated students to live and study together in a supportive academic setting. Find out more about the University Honors Program.
  • Faculty Mentorship. Regents Scholars, from the beginning of their tenure, start networking and building relationships with faculty members from across campus. These relationships can lead to research assistant positions, guidance on graduate school preparation and strong letters of recommendation.

Regents Scholars Society

As a Regents Scholar, you may choose to join the UC Davis Regents Scholars Society (RSS), a student organization comprised entirely of Regents Scholars. Established in 2002, the group promotes community, scholarship and service through a variety of activities. Members participate in workshops and other learning opportunities both on campus and throughout the Sacramento area; they also network with scholars from other UC campuses at the annual Regents Scholars Conference. Additionally, RSS students help recruit other Regents Scholars to the UC Davis campus by hosting lunches, guiding tours and serving as panelists at recruitment events.



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