Support for Your Highlander Journey

The UCR Alumni Association is here to help you achieve a world-class UCR education and sky-high success in your career. We are proud to offer a diverse range of scholarships and initiatives that lighten the load of education expenses for the next generation of Highlanders. 

Thanks to the support of generous donors and a strong network of alumni who are dedicated to giving back, the UCRAA scholarship program has awarded more than $2.5 million to over 1,100 students.

For additional UCR scholarship and financial aid information, visit UCR Financial Aid.


Apply for a Scholarship

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In partnership with generous alumni and donors, the Alumni Association recognizes and rewards students for academic achievements and leadership promise through a diverse range of merit-based scholarships. 

The Alumni Association awards scholarships to incoming freshmen, transfer students and current students each year during winter quarter. Click on the scholarships below for criteria information and application details. 

Explore Available Scholarships

Prospective and Current Students

  • Chicano Latino Alumni Scholarship

    The mission of Chicano Latino Alumni (CLA) is to build a community that advocates and creates opportunities for the academic excellence, professional growth, and advancement of Chicano Latino students, alumni, staff, faculty, and our community at large.

    CLA’s scholarship program recognizes academic achievement and community service of exceptional students at UCR. 

    $1,000 Scholarship Award

    Number of awards depend upon available funds.


    Scholarships will be presented at the annual CLA Homecoming dinner on November 16, 2019 and funds will be disbursed in the Winter Quarter of 2020.


    Q: Do I have to submit official transcripts?
    A: No official transcripts are not required, unofficial transcripts will be accepted.

    Q: Do my letters of recommendation have to have a “wet” signature?
    A: Letters of recommendation can be a copy of a signed original.


    Submit an electronic completed scholarship application, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Deadline for submission of the Applications will be 5:00 p.m., October 11, 2019.

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  • Dr. Manuela and Mr. Randy Sosa Endowed Scholarship_fund

    Since its founding in 1998, the Inland Empire Scholarship Fund (IESF) has awarded scholarships to hundreds of low-income, high achieving Latino students from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. This extraordinary accomplishment is the result of a focused vision and tireless year-round volunteer effort put forth by Dr. Manuela Granado Sosa, a retired dentist, and Espartago (Randy) Sosa, a retired engineer. 

    Criteria for Selection
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Entering, transferring, continuing undergraduates
    • Resident of Riverside County or San Bernardino County but excluding residents east of Banning
    • Interest to work in the Inland Empire using skills and resources to give back and help the community

    Additional Consideration will be given to candidates that meet the following

    • Fluent in Spanish

    Number of Scholarships: Varies
    Award Amount: $1,000


    Essay and resume are required. The 2019-20 Sosa scholarship application is due by 5 p.m., August 1, 2019.


Freshman Scholars

  • UCR Alumni Association (UCRAA) Freshman Scholarship

    The Freshman Scholarship is the largest gift the association awards. Nine incoming freshmen are selected each year based on high school GPA, enrollment for fall quarter, and residency within California. After many applications and rounds of interviews, the most qualified students are selected and receive a scholarship in the amount of $4,000.

    Criteria for Selection
    • Incoming freshman, attended high school in California
    • Must be enrolled full-time at UCR for the upcoming fall quarter
    • Minimum GPA of 3.8
    • California resident

    The application period is now closed. The 2019 application will be posted here when the application period opens.

Beyond the First Year

Freshman Scholars may also receive additional support as continuing students. 

  • Brithinee Scholarship

    The Brithinee Scholarship was established in 1988 with the generosity of Donald Brithinee (’68, ’70 M.A., ’71 Ph.D.) and Wallace Brithinee (’68, ’70 M.A., ’71 Ph.D.). Over the past thirty years, together they have funded numerous scholarships for continuing Alumni Freshman Scholars. Scholarship is based on academic merit.

    Criteria for Selection
    • Must be a UCR Alumni Association Freshman Scholar. Only former recipients of a UCRAA award are eligible.
    • Must be enrolled full-time
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5
    • Must attend UCR for all three quarters of the 2019-20 academic year

    Number of Scholarships: 4
    Award Amount: $4,000


    The application period is now closed. Eligible students will be contacted directly to complete an application.

  • Transfer Scholarship

    The UCR Alumni Association award a $4,000 scholarship to three transfer students for the current academic year.

    Criteria for Selection
    • Student who has transferred or who will transfer from a California community college between the upcoming winter and fall quarters.
    • Must be enrolled at UCR for the upcoming fall quarter
    • Minimum community college GPA of 3.51
    • California resident

    Number of Scholarships: 3
    Award Amount: $4,000


    Students must apply for the 2019-20 Transfer scholarship by 4:30 p.m. on May 16, 2019.


  • Re-entry Scholarship

    Formed in 1985 by 3 former re-entry students, Joyce Vickery, Barbara Moore, and Peggy Voss, to provide assistance to returning students (many single parents) working toward a bachelor’s degree, whose education has been interrupted by two or more years.

    Criteria for Selection
    • Must be either an incoming freshman, transfer student, or already enrolled UCR student 
    • Must have an interruption of education of at least 2 years
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Must be 25 years of age or older
    • Pursuing bachelor’s degree at UCR in the upcoming fall quarter
    • Awarded based on potential, past academic merit, and financial need

    Required Documents:

    • Complete application
    • Transcripts (official/sealed transcript required from most recent institution)
    • 2 Letters of recommendation
    • Essay

    Number of Scholarships: varies
    Award Amount: varies


    Students must apply for the Re-Entry and Katrina Heinrich Steinberg scholarships by 4:30 p.m. on May 30, 2019.


  • Steve and Joann Krynski Scholarship

    Jeff Krynski ’81 is a proud alumnus and member of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors. Jeff established this fund to honor the memory of his parents, Steve and JoAnn Krynski, who made countless sacrifices to ensure that Jeff and his sister completed their educations. This fund is a fitting legacy to two devoted parents who were unflagging supporters of their children’s educational, artistic, and athletic endeavors.

    Criteria for Selection
    • Continuing UCR undergraduate student 
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Majoring in the performing or fine arts ( including music, theatre, film, dance, art, and art history).
    • Awarded based on financial need

    Number of Scholarships: 1
    Award Amount: varies


    The application period is now closed. The 2020-2021 application period will open January 2020.

  • Schuler Endowed Scholarship for Guardian Scholars

    The Schuler Endowed Scholarship for Guardian Scholars was made possible by two UCR alumni, Mary Schuler ‘70 and Terry Schuler ‘70, who established this fund to help former foster youth achieve their goal of a college degree from UCR. The scholarship is available to an incoming or continuing student who is an emancipated foster youth in the Guardian Scholars program.

    Criteria for Selection
    • Incoming or continuing student who is an emancipated foster youth in the Guardian Scholars program 
    • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Awarded based on financial need, preference given to a Guardian Scholar not receiving AB-12 or Chaffee grants.

    Number of Scholarships: 2
    Award Amount: varies


    The application period is now closed. Eligible students will be contacted directly by the Guardian Scholars Program.

  • Sher-Right Scholarship

    The Sher-Right Scholarship was made possible by an anonymous donation from a UCR alumnus and is available to continuing students who are entering their junior or senior year. Three $4,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be former recipients of a UCR Alumni Association Freshman scholarship.

    Criteria for Selection

    • Former UCR Alumni Association Freshman Scholarship recipient. Only former recipients are eligible.
    • Student entering junior or senior year at UCR, attending all three quarters of upcoming academic year.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5
    • Please attach a current resume (no more than one single-sided page) that outlines extracurricular activities and leadership experience.

    Number of Scholarships: varies
    Award Amount: $4,000


    The application period is now closed. Eligible students will be contacted directly to complete an application.

  • Nick and Christina Zaharopoulos Scholarship

    In 1951, under the Displaced Persons Act, Nick and Christina Zaharopoulos emigrated from Greece to the U.S. with their four young children after the Civil War and German occupation. Pat Zaharopoulus ‘66 created this award to honor her parents who worked hard to give their children the gift of higher education. This award provides UCR students with the same chance for upward mobility. One $800 scholarship will be awarded.

    Criteria for Selection
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Third or fourth year at UCR in the upcoming fall quarter
    • In good academic standing

    Additional Consideration will be given to candidates that meet the following

    • Desire to go into public service or non-profit work
    • An immigrant with U.S. citizenship or pending application 
    • Have attended community college due to financial limitations

    Number of Scholarships: 1
    Award Amount: $800


    The application period is now closed. The 2020-2021 application period will open January 2020.

Additional Resources

Henry Ramsey, Jr. Revolving Emergency Loan Fund (RELF)

Designed to assist students with short-term financial emergencies.  Each loan application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and available anytime during the year, as long as the student is enrolled. For more information, please contact (951) 827-2586.

  • Loan amounts are available up to $1,000. Approval of all loans is subject to the availability of funds. (a typical loan averages $500).
  • The Office of Alumni Engagement may reduce the loan amount or decline to approve the loan if information indicates your unwillingness or inability to repay the loan.
  • Only one outstanding RELF is allowed per quarter.

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  • Requirements
    • Undergraduate students with a minimum enrollment of twelve (12) units for fall, winter and spring terms, and eight (8) units for one summer session.
    • Current UCR GPA of 2.0 or above and be in good academic standing.
    • Eligible to receive need-based financial aid.
    • No HOLD currently on records.
    • Documentation of emergency (copies of medical bills, car repair bills, lease agreement, etc.).
    • Documentation of repayment source (payroll stub, letter from employer, letter from parents, etc.).
    • If you have been delinquent on a loan payment in the past, you may be ineligible for the RELF.

    Students currently receiving financial aid:  RELF loans may be deducted from your next disbursement.  Payments on student accounts are credited against any outstanding charges currently on record.

  • Process

    Loan applications are available in the Alumni Engagement office, 2203 Alumni & Visitors Center, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  You may also complete the form by clicking on the Apply Now button above, print and sign it, and then deliver it to the Alumni Engagement office.

    If the application and documentation of emergency is submitted and approved by 10:00 a.m., funds should be available via direct deposit to your bank account within three (3) business days.  Accommodations may be made for individuals with no personal bank account.

    Incomplete applications or insufficient documentation will delay your loan processing.

  • Repayment

    Loans are required to be repaid in full within thirty (30) days.

    Payments can be made online via R’Web or at the University Main Cashiers Office.

    If you graduate or withdraw from school prior to the due date, the loan becomes due and payable on that date, unless prior arrangements are made with Student Business Services, Highlander One Stop Shop (HOSS).

  • Delinquency

    An unpaid Emergency Loan is a debt owed to the University.  If your loan is not paid by the due date, you will have a registration, academic transcript, and diploma HOLD placed on your records until the debt is repaid in full.

    A late fee of $12.50 will be assessed on all loans not paid on or before the due date. Delinquent loans may be assigned to a collection agency.

Maryam Bharucha

As an incoming transfer student, I am deeply honored to be welcomed with such support for my education. This scholarship will allow me to pursue my dream of becoming a physician who will serve her community. It also teaches me the importance of giving back to others.

Maryam Bharucha, Transfer Scholarship Recipient