Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Dr. Aaronette White Award 2020

Dr. Aaronette White, a professor of social psychology at UC Santa Cruz, was an accomplished scholar and fierce social justice activist whose interdisciplinary work impacted many fields including Psychology, Women's Studies and African Studies. One of her primary goals was to center the voices of marginalized or silenced groups. She adopted a nuanced inter-sectional perspective to highlight how diverse social identities (e.g., sexual orientation) interact with race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, and gender to shape lived experience.

The Dr. Aaronette White Award will be given to two or more undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need and stellar work in Psychology. Students should have declared, or applied to declare, the Psychology major at the time of application, a minimum 3.0 overall GPA, and an interest in Social Psychology. The ideal applicant will be a student whose interests relate to the themes of Dr. White's research.

Students are invited to apply for this award by submitting a resume, unofficial transcripts, and a short essay (max. 3 double-spaced pages) about their qualifications for this award. Applicants will also asked to identify a faculty member who could serve as a reference. (Letters of recommendation are NOT needed at this time.)

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2020 to https://forms.gle/bbFPkDrVXhJmiTiG6

Deans' and Chancellor's Award

We invite you to apply for the 2020 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 April 2.

To apply for these awards, you will need to:

(1) Go to https://dca.ue.ucsc.edu/

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

(3) Identify a UCSC researcher (e.g., faculty member, lecturer, postdoc) who is willing to write you a letter of recommendation. Your recommender will receive a link for submitting their letter by April 12.

For additional information about how to apply, see https://dca.ue.ucsc.edu/. Here are lists of prior awardees: https://dca.ue.ucsc.edu/dca/winners. If you consider applying, we encourage you to reach out to your research mentor well in advance of the April 2 deadline.

 

2020 Dean's and Chancellor's Awards

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 2020 up to $4,000 is available to award to one or more outstanding undergraduate students majoring in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. This is not solely a need-based award, but financial need is a consideration. The most important criteria is a meritorious, ongoing, and demonstrated commitment to public service combined with academic excellence. Candidates must be in good to excellent academic standing.

Undergraduate majors in the social sciences are invited to apply for this scholarship by submitting a resume, unofficial transcripts, and a short essay (max. 3 pages) about their passion for social issues and commitment to public service.

To apply go to https://forms.gle/71pZfjh3nT5GptfDA

Applications are due by April 10, 2020.

Please click here for more information.

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 his/her family to attend college. Students who, like Benjamin, volunteer to help the under-served, such as foster
youth, people with disabilities, and the homeless, are ideal recipients of this award. Students will be nominated by their departments, and do not need to put forward an application for this scholarship. The award amount is $1000.

Cognitive Science and Psychology 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 3 pages) describing your financial need and your educational and career goals in social justice.

Applications are due by April 10, 2020.

To apply, go to https://forms.gle/XoJrjY3cBXxM8dnH9

The Psychology Department Undergraduate Project Funds

The Psychology Department Undergraduate Project Funds provide small grants for projects carried out by Cognitive Science or Psychology majors. The projects could include an independent research project, such as a senior thesis project, or a field study project. Funds could cover expenses such as conference registration, travel, or equipment costs. The funds could cover costs already incurred this academic year (2019-20), as long as you can submit receipts. Funds would be allocated based on how much the student has contributed to the project, the quality of the project (e.g., the scientific merit or community impact), and the justification for why the funds are necessary.

To apply, please submit a brief description of the project and your role in it, a total budget, and a budget explanation:
https://forms.gle/66t1t4BLkUmPxZq58

Applications are due by April 10.