Outside Scholarship Resources


There are excellent privately funded scholarships available to students and their families.  These awards do not need to be repaid and are funded from a variety of sources including community organizations, local and national foundations, state and federal agencies, and private donors. 

**Please note that federal financial aid regulations require that the financial aid awards you receive cannot exceed your student budget or cost of attendance.  It is possible, therefore, that outside scholarships could reduce a component of your award package.  We may need to reduce your financial aid awards by the amount of the outside resources received to ensure that your total awards do not exceed your student budget or cost of attendance.  In these cases, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will first attempt  to reduce loan or work study, fellowships, grants or scholarships are only reduced as a last resort.**

To avoid being a victim of a scholarship scam, students and their families should keep in mind the following tips:

  •  If you have to pay money to get money, it might be a scam.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Spend time, not money.
  • Never invest more than a postage stamp to get information about a scholarship.
  • Nobody can guarantee that you will win a scholarship.
  • Legitimate scholarship foundations do not charge a fee.
  • If you are suspicious of an offer, it is usually with good reason.

Outside Scholarship Databases

Free personalized scholarship searches are available at the following websites:

Outside Agency Scholarships Listings

Disclaimer: As UC Merced and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships become aware of outside agency scholarship opportunities, we will post them here. Although we screen these listings to eliminate any offers that do not appear to be legitimate, inclusion in this list does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation of any kind.  Students should review all scholarship information carefully, especially before submitting an application fee of any kind. 

*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 https://ucmerced.academicworks.com/*

What to Do When You Receive an Outside Agency Scholarship

If you receive an outside agency scholarship, notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by reporting this at my.ucmerced.edu under the MyFinancialAid section then clicking on the Outside Resource Tab. We will then add that award as an “Estimate” to your financial aid award package within 5-7 business days.  You will receive an email when that has been completed.    “Estimated” funds will not be used or applied to your balance until the funds are actually received from the Agency.

Keep in mind when reporting your scholarship unless indicated by the agency, all scholarships are split equally, half for the fall term and half for the spring term.  If the scholarship is only for one term please make sure the awarding agency indicates that on the check.

Information for Outside Agency Scholarship Providers

  • Mail scholarship checks to:

    University of California, Merced

    Campus Cashiering Services

    PO Box 2450

    Merced, CA 95344

  • Make the check payable to UC Regents or Regents of the University of California
  • Identify the student’s name and 9 digit student ID number in the memo section of the check
  • Let us know if the check is for one semester, should be divided between two semesters or if a second payment is coming next semester.
  • Provide contact information in case we have questions and need to contact you.