getting accepted to college

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Looking for a merit-based scholarship to attend a University of California campus? The Regents Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship available to top-tier applicants and is solely based upon academic merit and the attributes of the student.

Scholarship: UC Regents

Awarding Organization: Each University of California Campus

Amount: Awards range from $2,000 to $10,000 at different UC campuses, and are not transferable if you transfer to another campus.

In addition, certain perks are provided to Regents recipients: priority registration, extended library privileges, honors dormitories, faculty mentorship, and others, dependent upon campus.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Varies annually—students in the top 1-2% of the applicant pool are considered for the scholarship.

Eligible Students: Entering freshman or transfer student who demonstrate academic excellence (based upon GPA, standardized test scores, and other academic criteria). Must be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident or CA Dream Act Student. Students must be enrolled full time and maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to continue receiving the scholarship.

Eligible College(s): University of California campuses

How to Apply: Apply for admission to the UC campus or campuses no later than November 30th. Recipients will be notified at the time of admission.

Deadline: November 30th

Websites: See each UC campus’ scholarship page.

Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.



Written by Beth Feinberg Keenan
Beth Feinberg Keenan is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Before joining College Coach, Beth worked as a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Northeastern University. Visit our website to learn more about Beth Feinberg Keenan.