Scholarships for Promising Students

Our undergraduates are the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. But with only 6.6 percent of UC San Diego’s total revenues come from the State of California funds for education, UC San Diego is challenged to offer enough scholarships that ensure access and affordability for promising students.

Together with dedicated alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends like you, we will help talented and deserving students receive a world-class education—one that will allow them to pursue their hopes and dreams and create a future of which we can all be proud.

You can help support UC San Diego students with a wide range of scholarships:


Merit/Need Scholarships


Research Scholarships

International Study Abroad/ International Scholarships

Transfer Student Scholarship

Former-Foster Youth Scholar

Scholarships for Former Foster Youth


Alumni Scholarships


Corporate Scholarships


Veterans Scholarship Fund Information


Diversity Award for Undergraduates

Each type of scholarship provides an opportunity to give to a general fund or to create a personally named endowment, which remains in perpetuity. To view a complete listing of our scholarship endowments, click here.

You can create a personally named endowed scholarship by contacting Kim Signoret-Paar at or (858) 822-1536, or Candace Comeaux at or (858) 534-9157. You may also make a secure online gift by clicking here.

Our Students

“I am the first in my family to attend college…I am truly thankful for this award.”
—Jasmine Varela Mares, ’16

“This award has enabled me to pursue my dream of becoming a medical scientist.”
—Vadim Gospodarev, ’13

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