Institutional Scholarships

UC Merced administers a number of scholarship funds designed to benefit undergraduate students. These scholarships are provided through the generosity of UC alumni, friends of UC Merced, corporations, businesses, professional associations and UC Merced. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, academic achievement or special talents and do not have to be repaid. Some scholarships are also awarded on the basis of financial need.

New Students:

For new students, one application does it all! All incoming students are automatically considered for all institutional scholarships administered by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships simply by submitting a FAFSA (citizen/eligible non-citizens) or CA Dream Act Application (undocumented students) by March 2. New students must have at least a 3.25 GPA to be considered for most scholarships.

Continuing Students:

Continuing students must submit a FAFSA (citizens/eligible non-citizens) or CA Dream Act Application (undocumented students) AND a Continuing Student Scholarship Application by March 2 (available online beginning Feb. 1 each year). Continuing students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA as of the end of the prior fall semester in order to submit the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.
 
The following is a partial list of scholarships that are administered through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and awarded to new and continuing students through the application process explained above:

* UC Regents' Scholarship
AARP Merced Chapter #282 Scholarship
* Bank of America Management Scholarship
* Beverlee Sieghold Antoine Endowed Scholarship
* Caroline L. Adams Endowed Scholarship
* Dream Act Scholarship
* Ernest S. and Bettine Kuh Scholarship
* Floyd Family Foundation Scholarship
* Frances M. Benton Scholarship
* Gateway Scholarship
* Grossman Family Endowed Scholarship
* Jefferson Jennings Doolittle Scholarship
* John C. "Jack" Pjerrou Endowed Scholarship
* Ken and Midge Riggs Endowed Scholarship
* Kris-Tangella Academic Excellence Endowed Scholarship 
* Leon O. and Diana Chua Scholarship
* Louis P. Gonella Scholarship
* Lucia R. Myers Endowed Scholarship
* Merced County Association of Realtors Scholarship
* Merced Mall Regional Shopping Center Scholarship
* Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union (MSEFCU) Scholarship
* Michael and Arlene Colvin Scholarship
* Minnie Andow CalTeach Scholarship
* Pamela Ann Stahl Scholarship
* Paramount Farms Scholarship
* Professor Roland Winston Scholarship
* Ray and Joan Dezember Scholarship
* Rose R. Ruiz Scholarship
* Ruth Solomon Hoffman Scholarship
* Speck Family Scholarship
* Stephanie Rae Tomford Endowed Scholarship
* Stephen D. Peterson Endowed Scholarship
* Steve and Mia Kang Scholarship
* Theodore and Doris Koerner Scholarship
* UC Merced Donor Scholarship
* UC Merced Employees' Scholarship
* Wally Coats Scholarship
* Wells Fargo Scholarship for High School and Transfer Students
* Wendy Leone Olson Endowed Scholarship
* Westly Foundation Alumni Scholarship
* Wishek Family Scholarship
 

UC Merced Scholarship Donors Description

UC Regents' Scholarship

The UC Regents’ Scholarship Program was established by the Regents of the University of California in 1962, and represents one of the highest honors awarded to a student at the University. Regents’ Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and exceptional promise.  Although the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office administers the UC Regents’ Scholarship Program on the UC Merced campus, financial need is not used as a criteria in the selection process. Financial need does, however, influence the actual dollar amount of the award. All incoming students are automatically considered for a UC Regents’ Scholarship and need not submit any additional information or applications. The UC Merced Regents’ Scholarship program is unique to the UC Merced campus and recipients cannot transfer their award to other universities. For more information on this award please click here. (top

AARP Merced Chapter #282 Scholarship
The AARP Merced Chapter #282 recognizes the importance of education and helping future generations of students reach their educational goals. The chapter's motto, "To Serve, Not to be Served" is demonstrated by the chapter's desire to provide scholarships for undergraduate students at UC Merced. (top)

Bank of America Management Scholarship
The goal of the Bank of America Distinguished Scholars' Program is to recruit and enroll high achieving educationally disadvantaged students from the San Joaquin Valley in the planned Ernest and Julio Gallo School of Management. The ultimate aim is to cultivate future business leaders who will contribute to economic growth and work to improve social conditions in the San Joaquin Valley. The Bank of America scholarship program provides scholarship support for incoming freshmen who are San Joaquin Valley residents, meet the definition of an educationally disadvantaged student, demonstrate financial need and are enrolled as management majors. (top)

Beverlee Sieghold Antoine Endowed Scholarship
Beverlee Sieghold Antoine's passion for English and writing are reflected in this generous legacy gift.  As a Public Speaking major and alumna of UC Berkeley, class of 1935, Beverlee taught high school English in the San Joaquin Valley town of Los Banos. She established the Beverlee Sieghold Antoine Scholarship Endowment as a testament to her fondness of the valley and its first University of California campus. (top)

Caroline L. Adams Endowed Scholarship
Christopher Adams and his wife Jane Adams, established this scholarship in honor and celebration of his mother who was a member of UCLA's inaugural class and the first in her family to attend college. (top)

Dream Act Scholarship
The UC Merced Dream Scholarship was established in 2013 by a gift from Dr. Julie Villa-Miramontes and Dr. Jose Maria Miramontes who wanted to support students who qualify under the California Dream Act (AB 130/131). (top)

Ernest S. and Bettine Kuh Scholarship
Former Chancellor Steve Kang along with his wife, Mia, established the Ernest S. and Bettine Kuh Scholarship to express their gratitude to two remarkable individuals who provided them with encouragement and inspiration while they were at UC Berkeley. This scholarship will enable deserving freshman students in UC Merced to pursue their dream of higher education. (top)

Floyd Family Foundation Scholarship
The Floyd Family Foundation Scholarship was established in support of deserving students from Stockton to Bakersfield. This scholarship will help students from the San Joaquin valley attend UC Merced, the first new American research university in the 21st century.(top)

Frances M. Benton Scholarship
The Frances M. Benton Scholarship is provided to financially eligible new and continuing eligible undergraduate students attending UC Merced. (top)

Gateway Scholarship
The scholarship fund was established by an anonymous foundation to provide scholarships to graduates from Merced High School who attend UC Merced. Recipients are selected based on financial need, above and beyond other grant and scholarship funding for which an applicant receives. (top)

Grossman Family Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established for students in the School of Natural Sciences who have an interest in a career in the health science field.(top)

Jefferson Jennings Doolittle Scholarship
The Jefferson Jennings Doolittle Scholarship Fund was established by Jean Doolittle Henry, the daughter of the late Jefferson Jennings Doolittle, founder of the La Grange Gold Dredging Company, to honor her father's work in the Valley. This scholarship is designed to assist deserving students from the San Joaquin Valley majoring in Earth Systems Science. (top)

John C. "Jack" Pjerrou Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Lindsay Ann Desrochers, who wished to honor her brother by providing financial support to UC Merced students from the San Joaquin Valley with an interest in social or behavioral science.(top)

Ken and Midge Riggs Endowed Scholarship
The Ken and Midge Riggs Endowed Scholarship was established to honor their parents, and will be awarded to a student in Natural Sciences who has interest in pursuing a career in the health care industry.(top)

Kris-Tangella Academic Excellence Endowed Scholarship
To honor their parents' belief in making education a priority, Dr. Madhu Kris and Dr. Vijaya Tangella have established this scholarship to provide recent high school graduates with the financial support they need to attend a top research university. This scholarship will be awarded to students with an interest in the health care industry.(top)

Leon O. and Diana Chua Scholarship
Former Chancellor Steve Kang and Mrs. Mia Kang established the Leon O. and Diana Chua Scholarship to express their gratitude to two remarkable individuals who provided them with encouragement and inspiration while they were at UC Berkeley. This scholarship will enable deserving freshman students at UC Merced to pursue their dream of higher education. (top)

Louis P. Gonella Memorial Scholarship
The Louis P. Gonella Memorial Scholarship will provide financial support for financially eligible transfer students entering UC Merced from the San Joaquin Valley region. This is all made possible through the generous contributions of Louis P. Gonella’s family and friends in his honor. This scholarship will surely open limitless opportunities for San Joaquin Valley transfer students who will attend UC Merced. Mr. Gonella’s three children were all community college transfer students. (top)

Lucia R. Myers Endowed Scholarship
The Lucia R. Myers Endowed Scholarship was established to honor a woman who set standards as the first woman to occupy major roles in education, industry and banking. John W. Myers created the scholarship in honor of his late wife of 58 years, Lucia Raymond Myers. For more than 40 years, Mr. and Mrs. Myers owned and operated Flying M Ranches, one of the largest cattle operations in Merced County.

Lucia Myers achieved many milestones, such as being the first woman to serve as a director of Pacific Lighting, the second woman to serve on the Bank of America board, and the first woman to serve as the state president of the Children's Home Society of California. Mrs. Meyers also served as chair of the National Defense Advisory Committee on Women in Services.(top)

Merced County Association of Realtors Scholarship
With population growth and increased investment in the region, Merced County's real estate market is going strong. That is great news for local realtors who are sharing the wealth with the university and future UC Merced students in an innovative scholarship fund raising initiative that allows realtors to donate a portion of their earnings from the selling or buying of a house.

Based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership, UC Merced awards the Merced County Association of Realtors Scholarship to a resident of Merced County who has graduated from a local high school or community college.(top)

Merced Mall Regional Shopping Center Scholarship
The Merced Mall Regional Shopping Center Scholarship will be awarded to students from the San Joaquin Valley who are majoring in management.(top)

Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union (MSEFCU) Scholarship
The Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union is committed to providing students the opportunity of achieving their dreams of higher education. It is because of their belief in our future generation that they decided to start a scholarship to provide recent high school graduates, who are either members of their institution or a family member of a member of their institution, with the financial support needed to attend a top research university. (top)

Michael and Arlene Colvin Scholarship
The Michael and Arlene Colvin Endowed Scholarship is designed to reward students who started as a freshman at UC Merced and who are following a course of study within the combined realms of science and humanities. (top)

Minnie Andow CalTeach Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Lawrence Andow and Judith Kramer to honor Minnie Andow's legacy of service as a special education teacher, her commitment to unlocking the unique potential of each student and her proud history as a UC Berkeley alumna.  This scholarship will both support and inspire the next generation of dedicated science and math students to become teachers in the San Joaquin Valley. (top)

Pamela Ann Stahl Scholarship
This scholarship was created to honor the memory and dedicated public service of Pamela Ann Stahl.  She was a native of Merced and devoted her professional career to teaching elementary school in Merced.  She made a remarkable impact with her life and this scholarship will serve as a reminder of her contribution to education in the community.   This scholarship is for upper division students who plan on making teaching their career and who have graduated from a Merced County high school or Merced College. (top)

Paramount Farms Scholarship
"The opportunity for advanced education convenient to the Valley is very important for the future of California," said Stewart A. Resnick, a leading philanthropist and co-chair, president and chief executive officer of Roll International Corporation, with operations that include The Franklin Mint, Teleflora and Kern County-based Paramount Farms.

Prompted by their interest in supporting educational opportunities in the region, Resnick and his wife, Lynda Resnick, who also is co-chair of Roll International, contributed the Stewart A. Resnick Family Scholarship at UC Merced.

Giving people an opportunity to further their education if they are qualified intellectually, but need help financially, is the best way to strengthen local leadership," Mr. Resnick said. (top)

Professor Roland Winston Scholarship
In 2005-06, the Chancellor's Award established the Roland Winston Endowed Scholarships to support need-based scholarships for students majoring in Physics or Engineering. (top)

Ray and Joan Dezember Scholarship
Students from Kern County have a scholarship opportunity to call their own thanks to a gift from Ray and Joan Dezember. The Dezember Scholarship was the first UC Merced scholarship established for students hailing from one county in the university's 13-county service area.

Longtime supporters of UC Merced, the Dezembers are founding members of the Chancellor's Associates and have lent their time to support development of the UC Merced Bakersfield Center, which they hope will enable even more students to receive degrees from the San Joaquin Valley UC campus. Ray Dezember is a founding member of the Foundation Board of Trustees. The Dezembers live in Bakersfield, where they reared four children and remain active leaders in the community. (top)

Rose R. Ruiz Scholarship
To honor their mother and her belief in higher education Fred and Mitzie Ruiz established the Rose R. Ruiz Scholarship. The object of the scholarship is to inspire and encourage those students who qualify under the California Dream Act (AB 130/131). (top)

Ruth Solomon Hoffman Scholarship
Dr. Alan Hoffman, a prominent Merced pediatric dentist, and his wife, Georgina, established an endowed scholarship in honor of Dr. Hoffman's late mother, Ruth Solomon Hoffman, who served 20 years on the staff of UCLA as administrative assistant in the Cashiers Department. The Hoffmans wanted to achieve two goals with this commitment: acknowledging their educational experiences at the university through assisting the new campus and supporting worthy young people in achieving their educational goals. (top)

Speck Family Scholarship
The Speck family, in support of higher education, founded this scholarship to help financially eligible students achieve their educational goals in UC Merced. (top)

Stephanie Rae Tomford Scholarship
The Stephanie Rae Tomford Endowed Scholarship was established in 2010 by Christopher R Tomford. Stephanie Rae Tomford was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and member of the Merced community. Her life-long love of reading, learning, and travel was fostered when she attended Roanoke College and spent her first summer abroad in Europe. In celebration of her generous spirit and interest in education, Stephanie's family and friends have generously established the Stephanie Rae Tomford Endowed Scholarship Fund to enable UC Merced to provide needed financial support to need-based students, ensuring these students receive educational experiences and opportunities in and out of the classroom. (top)

Stephen D. Peterson Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established through the Stephen D. Peterson Conservation Trust to remember and celebrate the life of Allan and Kaytie Peterson’s son, Stephen. Stephen's appreciation for the environment will live on through this wonderful scholarship by supporting deserving students who share Stephen's love of the outdoors. (top)

Steve and Mia Kang Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2009 by Steve and Mia Kang to show their commitment to UC Merced's mission by contributing to the success of the campus' talented and unique students.  The Kangs know firsthand that scholarships often make a college education obtainable for students.(top)

Theodore and Doris Koerner Endowed Scholarship
Ms. Jerry Koerner wanted to honor her parents, Theodore and Doris Koerner, by establishing a scholarship in their name that would would help LeGrand High School students to achieve their dream of higher education. (top)

UC Merced Donor Scholarship
The UC Merced Donor Scholarship enables the campus to pool the generosity of many donors and to make awards wherever the need is greatest. This important scholarship fund provides new and continuing students with the opportunity to achieve their dreams at UC Merced. (top)

UC Merced Staff Assembly Scholarship Fund
The UC Merced Staff Assembly Scholarship is for children of current UC Merced employees. It was started by the UC Merced Staff Assembly and is an endowment in which UC Merced employees, family and friends may contribute. (top)

Wally Coats Scholarship Fund
The Wally Coats Scholarship was created to support music and visual arts students. This scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students who are California residents. (top)

Wells Fargo Scholarship
Continuing a tradition of support for higher education that stretches back to the founding of the University of California in 1868, The Wells Fargo Foundation established a scholarship fund to support San Joaquin Valley students entering UC Merced. The scholarship fund will provide financial support for high school graduates and community college junior transfer students who have shown academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Students must be from the San Joaquin Valley, and special consideration for the scholarship will be given to students whose parents did not attend college. (top)

Wendy Leon Olson Endowed Scholarship
Wendell Olson established the Wendy Leon Olson Endowed Scholarship in honor of her daughter to benefit transfer students from Merced Community College with related fields of Environmental Engineering and Earth Systems Science. (top)

Westly Foundation Alumni Scholarship
The Westly Foundation Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to support need-based student scholarships.  The Donor understands that for many deserving students, achieving their dream of attending a top research university is often met with financial barriers.  This scholarship helps teach students the impact one gift can make on a student's collegiate experience.(top)

Wishek Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of the Wishek family, long time citizens of Lodi, CA.  The scholarship is provided to students from San Joaquin County and a preference is given to financially deserving students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college. (top)