2014 UC-Oakland Partnership ScholarsUC President Janet Napolitano and Vice President for Student Affairs Judy Sakaki with UC Oakland Partnership Scholarship recipients, from left to right, Vicky Lam, Ojalique Genaeda Frison, Dominic Hoang, Lena Chen, Aranta Martinez-Moreno, Lizbeth Maldonado-Ramirez.

The UC Oakland Partnership Scholarship Program, founded by University of California President Janet Napolitano, is a one-year scholarship awarded to seniors at Oakland high schools who will enroll in one of the nine undergraduate UC campuses throughout the state. This scholarship is to help students who are entering college and navigating their freshman year. The scholarship payment will go directly to the recipient’s respective UC campus, and will help cover any outstanding charges on the student’s account.

Now in its second year, the UC Oakland Partnership was launched to increase the University of California Office of the President’s engagement with, and service to, the Oakland community. In that same spirit, recipients of the UC Oakland Partnership Scholarship will be service leaders in their communities and will have shown a commitment to bettering their communities through public service and volunteerism.

Do I qualify for the scholarship?

If your answer to the next three questions is “yes,” you qualify and should submit an online application.

  1. Will you graduate from a high school in the City of Oakland during the Spring of 2015?
  2. Will you attend one of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses in the Fall of 2015?
  3. Have you, through community service and volunteering, demonstrated a commitment to bettering your community?

When is my application due?

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2015. If you are selected as a recipient, you will be notified in July 2015.

How do I apply?

The application for this scholarship is two parts. You have already completed the first, which is to submit your admissions application to UC. The second is to complete the online application.

What is the scholarship amount?

Award amounts will not affect your campus’s financial aid package, and will be awarded in addition to any outside aid you receive. The scholarship is both merit- and need-based, which means students who have unmet financial need after receiving their UC financial aid package will receive preference over those with no financial need. Up to seven recipients will receive this scholarship, with awards of about $5,000. This scholarship is only for one year and recipients are ineligible to receive it for a second year.

How will I know if I have been selected as a recipient?

The University of California Office of the President will contact you via the email address you submitted through the online scholarship application. You will also be invited to a celebratory lunch at UCOP in downtown Oakland this summer to recognize your achievements.