Our Opportunities

Welcome to the Cal Alumni Association’s (CAA) online scholarship system.

Below you will find a list of scholarships available to U.C. Berkeley students with brief information about the scholarship qualifications. To apply for scholarships, you must first sign in with the email and password you used in the previous scholarship cycle or, if you are a first-time applicant, you must create a new account. It is important you create an account using an email you will have access to AFTER you have graduated from high school or community college. You will then have the opportunity to complete a general application and, if qualified, apply to specific scholarships.

What to Expect:

  • You will be presented with the general application after logging in. The general application is open from March to May 4 for new admits (August 9 for current students).
  • After completing and submitting the general application, you will be presented with “recommended” opportunities you may qualify for. Please review the scholarship selection criteria to determine your eligibility.
  • After completing each of these steps, you can see your application status on your dashboard. If your status is not listed as “submitted”, you have not fully completed your application.
  • If you are selected to move forward in the selection process, you will receive an email notification to the email you used to login. You will be asked to update your @berkeley.edu email in order to continue receiving status updates for your application.

New Admits you may submit your application prior to hearing back from U.C. Berkeley admissions decision. However, you must accept your offer of admission to U.C. Berkeley by the requested deadline to be considered for any of our scholarships!

When browsing “All” scholarships, please note this is a list of all the scholarship opportunities within the Cal Alumni Association scholarship system, not just those scholarships for which you may be receiving consideration. The number and award amount of the scholarships listed are for general purposes only. Actual award amounts vary based on students’ individual eligibility, funds available, and other factors.

IMPORTANT DATES
Fall Scholarship Application Cycle

1. The Achievement Award Program (TAAP)

  • early March: The Achievement Award Program application opens
  • May 4: Applications for The Achievement Award Program close
  • late May: Scholarship finalists are notified
  • June: Finalist interviews are held
  • late-July/August: The Achievement Award Program scholarship recipients will be notified and must accept or decline the award plus complete a post-acceptance survey by the stated deadline

2. The Leadership Award (TLA) for students who have been recently admitted to U.C. Berkeley *incoming freshmen and transfers.

  • early March: The Leadership Award application opens
  • May 3: Applications for The Leadership Award for new admits close
  • June: scholarships finalists are notified
  • late June – early July: finalist interviews are held
  • August: Leadership Award scholarship recipients will be notified and must accept or decline the award plus complete a post-acceptance survey by the stated deadline

3. The Leadership Award (TLA) for students who have completed at least a semester at UC Berkeley and will be enrolled for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

  • early March: The Leadership Award application opens
  • August 9: Applications for current students close
  • Early-September: Leadership Award applicants are notified of their application status
  • September 13 & 27: Leadership Award finalists interviews are held on U.C. Berkeley campus.
  • October: Leadership Award scholarship recipients are notified and must accept or decline their award plus complete a post-acceptance survey

*It is possible that you may be an auto-recipient for the Leadership Award, this means that because of your high score on your written application, you will be awarded and do not need to complete an interview.

Winter Application Cycle

  • September: Cal Pride and Mildred Jordan Sharp scholarships open
  • October: Winter application cycle closes, unless otherwise noted for a specific scholarship(s)
  • November: finalist interviews for winter applications will be held on U.C. Berkeley campus
  • December: scholarship recipients will be notified and must accept or decline the award and complete the post-acceptance by the stated deadline or forfeit the scholarship award.
  • Winter scholarships are disbursed in Spring semester unless otherwise noted for a specific scholarship.

Reminder! Your completed general application will be archived and removed from the system in January of each year. You must complete a new general application when the Scholarship Application Cycle begins each year (early March).

If you have any questions refer to our frequently asked questions page or email scholarships@alumni.berkeley.edu.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$6000 Annually The Achievement Award Program
Since 1999, The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) has provided low-income students with the resources needed to attend and excel at UC Berkeley....
Since 1999, The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) has provided low-income...
  • Deadline: 05/03/2020
  • Award: $6000 Annually
Deadline05/03/2020
$2,000 The Leadership Award
For Incoming Students – This opportunity is only for students who have been recently admitted to U.C. Berkeley (incoming freshmen and...
For Incoming Students – This opportunity is only for students who have...
  • Deadline: 05/03/2020
  • Award: $2,000
Deadline05/03/2020
$2,000 The Leadership Award
For Continuing Students – This opportunity is only for students who have completed at least one semester at U.C. Berkeley and will be enrolled for...
For Continuing Students – This opportunity is only for students who have...
  • Deadline: 05/03/2020
  • Award: $2,000
Deadline05/03/2020
$1000 - $2500 The Cal Pride Scholarship
Cal Alumni Pride is the LGBTQ alumni club of UC Berkeley. Their mission is to support and promote the interests of UC Berkeley and its alumni,...
Cal Alumni Pride is the LGBTQ alumni club of UC Berkeley. Their mission...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1000 - $2500
Ended
$750 to $3,000 The Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship
The Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship is a one-year, merit-based award that recognizes junior women at UC Berkeley who have demonstrated leadership,...
The Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship is a one-year, merit-based award...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $750 to $3,000
Ended