All Opportunities

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

Below you will find a list of scholarships available to UC 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.
  • 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 email in order to continue receiving status updates for your application.

New Admits you may submit your application prior to hearing back from UC Berkeley admissions decision. However, you must accept your offer of admission to UC 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.

Fall Scholarship Application Cycle

1. African American Initiative (AAI)

  • early March: The African American Initiative application opens
  • April 2: Applications for the African American Initiative close
  • April: Scholarship finalists are notified
  • April 15: Finalist interviews are held
  • May: The African American Initiative scholarship recipients will be notified and must accept or decline the award plus complete a post-acceptance survey by the stated deadline

2. The Achievement Award Program (TAAP)

  • early March: The Achievement Award Program application opens
  • May 12: Applications for The Achievement Award Program close
  • late May to early June: 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

3. The Leadership Award (TLA) for students who have been recently admitted to UC Berkeley *incoming first years and transfers.

  • early March: The Leadership Award application opens
  • May 12: Applications for The Leadership Award for new admits close
  • late June: scholarships finalists are notified
  • 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

*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, Mildred Jordan Sharp, and CAA Native American Scholarship (CAANAS) 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 UC 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

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$6000 Annually The Achievement Award Program
Since 1999, The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) has provided low-income...
$1000 - 5000 CAA Native American Scholarship
The Cal Alumni Association Native American Scholarship (CAANAS) is a...
$2,500 annually The Leadership Award
For Incoming Students – This opportunity is only for students who have...
$1000 - $3000 The Cal Pride Scholarship
Cal Alumni Pride is the LGBTQ alumni club of UC Berkeley. Their mission...
$750 to $3,000 The Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship
The Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship is a one-year, award that...