Scholarships are gift funds that are awarded on the basis of merit, academic achievement, special talents, interest, or qualities, or other criteria defined by the sponsoring organization or donor. Some scholarships are also awarded on the basis of need.

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University of Merced Scholarships

The UC Merced Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships administers a variety of scholarships that recognize superior academic achievement, leadership qualities and potential to contribute to the scholarly community of the university. Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic merit; special talents, interest, or qualities: financial need; or other criteria defined by the sponsoring organizations or donors. Please note that to be considered for scholarships that are awarded to students with financial need, you must also apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For information about how to apply for aid, see How to apply for Aid.

New and prospective undergraduate are automatically considered for all institutional scholarships upon admission to UC Merced and completing the FAFSA by March 2.  [top}

Current undergraduates should complete the Continuing Scholarship Application by March 2.

Transfer Students a limited number of university scholarships are offered specifically to students transferring to UC Merced. For more information, see the Transfer Students Page. [top]

Graduate Students the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships administers only a few grants, fellowships and scholarships programs for graduate students. The primary source of information about such programs is the Graduate Division. Deadlines for graduate awards vary because many deadlines occur early in the academic year, it is important to obtain information and application materials as early as possible from the Graduate Division. [top]

Types of Scholarships

To learn more about the types of scholarships that are available to UC Merced students, visit our Types of Institutional Scholarships page. [top]

Scholarships for Study Abroad Students

Information on funding for Study Aboard is available at

For information about how to apply for financial aid for study abroad, see the see the Students Studying Abroad Page. [top]

Foster Youth Resources

The Guardian Scholars Program provides a network of support services for foster youth at UC Merced, including information about scholarship opportunities. 

Undocumented Students Resources 

Undocumented students, whether AB 540 eligible or not, should research and apply for private scholarships. There are scholarships available for undocumented students through private organizations. For more information, see the Services for Undocumented Students and Special Populations page. [top]

Outside Scholarships

To learn more about the types of outside scholarships that are available to UCM students, visit our Outside Scholarships Resources page. [top]

Outside Scholarship Listings:  

Incoming and continuing UCM students are encouraged to check frequently for additional scholarship opportunities sent to UCM from outside agencies.  Application and program details can be found by going to Outside Agency Scholarship Listings[top]