Our Students

Every year, UC Santa Cruz scholarship recipients graduate to become leaders in their communities. Many of these students would have been unable to attend UCSC without scholarship support.

For information about contributing to scholarships, contact Jennifer L. Graham, Director of Major Gifts, at 831-459-1523 or jennifergraham@ucsc.edu.

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Students at UC Santa Cruz experience an innovative, interdisciplinary education that offers the opportunity to learn from world-class faculty, experience vibrant communities of learning, choose from over 60 majors, and explore plentiful research opportunities.

At UC Santa Cruz, access to public education for all committed and qualified students is a top priority, regardless of ability to pay. The financial challenges of a university education are felt at nearly every economic level.

We depend more than ever on donor support to ensure that the campus's most promising and deserving students can achieve their dreams of academic and professional success.

  • Seventy percent of all students attending UCSC receive some kind of financial support from the school.
  • More than 40 percent of our students are the first in their family to attend college.
  • More than half of our incoming students are from traditionally under-represented groups.

The Impact of Scholarships

Undergraduate Victor Hernandez

UCSC scholarships support undergraduate students like Victor Hernandez, who delayed college to work. Victor returned to school after 25 years in Silicon Valley. During his career in hardware testing, signal acquisition and processing, and biotech­nology, Victor discovered that he had learning disabilities. He attended his local community college and then received a coveted Pister scholarship that enabled him to attend UCSC. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding community college students who have overcome adverse socioeconomic circumstances and have a demonstrated committment to improving the lives of others. Victor received his undegraduate degree in psychology, and now plans to combine his education with his engineering background to create adaptive technologies for others with learning disabilities.

The Impact of Fellowships

Graduate Student Yvonne Rodriquez

UCSC fellowships support graduate students like Yvonne Rodriguez, who began her academic career after serving with the Air Force in Germany. After completing her assignment, she enrolled in her local community college, and then transferred to UCSC. Each day, Yvonne made the 120-mile roundtrip journey from her home in Hayward to Santa Cruz via bus. While an undergraduate, she received support from the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS). Now a graduate student in the doctoral program in physics, Yvonne works for EOP and teaches a pre-calculus course for Bridge, a program that helps first generation students transition from high school to college. Yvonne was the first in her family to attend college and is a mother of three children--one of whom recently graduated from a UC and two who are students at California universities.

If you need help donating to UC Santa Cruz, email giving@ucsc.edu.


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