Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Deans' and Chancellor's Award

We invite you to apply for the 2022 Deans’ and Chancellor’s Awards. The awards honor undergraduate students whose projects or theses at UCSC demonstrate excellence in research and creativity. The application portal is open until March 27.

To apply for these awards, you will need to:

  1. Go to

  2. Upload a completed thesis, project, or performance (as an attachment or URL).

  3. Identify a UCSC researcher (e.g., a faculty member, lecturer, postdoc, researcher) who is willing to write you a letter of recommendation. Your recommender will receive a link for submitting their letter by March 31.

For additional information about how to apply, see Here are lists of prior awardees: We encourage you to reach out to your research mentor well in advance of the deadline for the letter.

Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship

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 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. The program requires that candidates be in excellent academic standing. Applicants will submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts with their essay and resume.

Applications are due by Friday, April 8, 2022.

To apply go to

Benjamin Quaye Memorial Endowment for Social Justice 

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 their family to attend college. Students who 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 is $1600. More information is available on the Social Sciences website.

Psychology and Cognitive Science Majors are invited to apply to be nominated by the Psychology Department. To be considered for the award, please submit your resume, unofficial transcript, and a short essay (max 2 pages) describing your financial need and your educational and career goals in social justice.

Applications are due by Friday, April 8, 2022.

To apply, go to