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Nearly 5,000 UC Davis students were awarded scholarships during 2012-13, with nearly $12 million paid to undergraduates. Scholarships are funded by individuals, corporations, professional associations, alumni and directly by the university.

How to Apply for Scholarships

  1. Complete the online UC undergraduate application for admission and scholarships to automatically apply for most scholarships offered through UC Davis. The application provides detailed information regarding the scholarship process and the required documentation deadlines.
  2. Be aware that some scholarships have special requirements and may require additional materials for consideration. Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit one letter of recommendation directly to the UC Davis Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships Office for review. Refer to the scholarship section of the application instructions for further guidance.
  3. You must submit your UC application between November 1 and November 30 to be considered for scholarships.
  4. Most students are notified of scholarship awards beginning in early May through the end of July.

Regents Scholarships

Regents Scholarships, the university's most prestigious, are granted to students with exceptional academic records. Four-year Regents Scholarship awards during 2012-13 started at $7,500 annually and qualified students with demonstrated financial need received an additional stipend.

Transfer applicants need a GPA of 3.80 or above and must submit an online letter of recommendation to the Undergraduate Scholarship Office by January. Regents Scholars are notified of their awards by April. For more information, visit financialaid.ucdavis.edu/scholarships/campus.

Alumni Scholarships

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) awards alumni scholarships to entering students from California, Oregon and Washington who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students do not need to have an affiliation with CAAA or a relative who attended UC Davis.

The minimum UC GPA requirement is 3.50 for freshman applicants and 3.25 in transferable coursework for applicants from community colleges. An online essay must be submitted as part of the application by May 1, 2015. CAAA scholars are notified of their awards in June. Please visit alumni.ucdavis.edu/scholarships for additional details and to apply online.

Restricted Scholarships

UC Davis also offers several restricted scholarships listed in the UC undergraduate application for admission and scholarships. Be sure to review these listings as you complete the application, and select all that you may be eligible to receive.

More Scholarships

In addition to UC Davis scholarships, thousands of community, regional and national scholarships are available to college-bound students. Visit financialaid.ucdavis.edu/scholarships/outside.html to learn about the many scholarships, awards and search services available through outside organizations and corporations.


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