CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center


Scholarship Opportunities for CNAS Students

Please review the information below for available scholarships during the academic year.   You may also visit  scholarships.ucr.edu for more scholarship opportunities at UCR.   

CNAS Undergraduate Scholarships

***Please note: the application cycle for the 2017-2018 Scholarships is now closed.  Please check back later for updated information for the new academic year.  The information below pertains to last year's (2017-2018) application process***  For more information, please contact: katie.smith@ucr.edu.

CNAS Scholarship Application Process (click here to view the application steps):

You can apply for as many of the 2017-2018 CNAS Undergraduate or Graduate Scholarships as you are eligible for! Please follow the instructions below to complete your 2017-2018 CNAS Scholarship Application.  For further assistance please contact katie.smith@ucr.edu.

STEP 1 : Complete CNAS Scholarship Application  (application link for the 2018-2019 cycle will be updated later this year, please check back then)                                                                       

  •  Required Application Materials:

    • 500-word essay describing your academic and career objectives as they relate to the awards for which you’re applying,
    • Unofficial UCR Transcript
    • 2 letters of recommendation from UCR faculty
    • Project Report (only needed for select scholarships, noted in application)
    • Please note: INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered

STEP 2 :   Submission of Two Faculty Letters of Recommendations

  • ONLY Faculty may submit letters of recommendation: 

      • When requesting letters of recommendation, please provide the faculty members with the following link for submission of all letters of recommendation:  ***The application cycle for the 2017-2018 Scholarships is now closed. Please check back later for updated information for the new academic year*** 
      • Only letters submitted through this form will be considered and included with your 2017-2018 CNAS Scholarship Application for review.

CNAS Scholarship Descriptions (click here to view scholarship criteria and descriptions):

  • Bernarr J. Hall Agricultural Scholarship (Up to $1,500 per award):Juniors or seniors with academic or career goals related to California agriculture; majoring in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Entomology, Environmental Sciences, or Plant Biology. Minimum 3.2 GPA. Preference given to students from San Diego County.

  • Dana King Scholarship (Up to $5,766 per award): Undergraduate students planning careers in the Southern California agricultural industry; and pursuing majors in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Entomology, Environmental Sciences, or Plant Biology.

  • Frank Cozza Agriculture Scholarship: (Up to $1,000 per award): Plant Biology majors.

  • Hasegawa Memorial Fund (Up to $4,475 per award): Undergraduate junior or senior students who are pursuing a major related to the field of crop agriculture (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Entomology, Environmental Sciences, Plant Biology).

  • Mark and Eve Schroeder Endowed Student Award (Up to $1,757 per award):  Undergraduate students with financial need majoring in Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences, or a related field in CNAS. Preference to students with interest in fire science, meteorology, or climatology.

  • Moore-Gandolfo Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry (Up to $464 per award): Undergraduate Chemistry majors. Preference to female students.

  • Nathaniel T. Coleman Endowed Scholarship Fund (Up to $1,673 per award, graduating seniors NOT eligible): Continuing CNAS students who have completed at least one year of study at UCR. Minimum 3.25 GPA.

  • Dr. Janet M. Boyce Memorial Endowed Fund for Women Majoring in the Sciences (Up to $2,000 per award):Female undergraduate or graduate students majoring in the sciences. Minimum 3.5 GPA.

  • Dr. Mir S. Mulla & Leila Mulla Endowed Scholarship Fund (Up to $8,117 per award) Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Entomology or a related subject, or the Bioagricultural Sciences.  Minimum 3.5 GPA

  • Herbert Kraft Scholarship (Up to $5,205 per award): California high school graduates pursuing education in the field of agriculture. Preference to graduates from high schools in Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Mendocino, Plumas, Shasta, or Trinity Counties. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Homer and Daisy Chapman Endowed Scholarship Fund for Citrus Research (Up to $2,835 per award): Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing studies and research in any phase of citriculture being actively pursued at UCR. Preference to foreign students.

  • James and Margaret Lesley Annual Prize (Up to $300 per award): Biology or agriculture students with completed, original research in biological or agricultural science. Additional1,000-word project report required.

  • James Merrill and Adeline Wallace Annual Prize (Up to $2,166 per award): Students with completed original research in biological or agricultural sciences (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Entomology, Environmental Sciences, Plant Biology). Additional1,000-word project report required.


National Prestigious Scholarships and Awards

The Office of Undergraduate Education provides support to students seeking to apply to national awards.  Please access the National Prestigious Scholarships and Awards (NPSA) website and view the awards that are available.  The office of Undergraduate Education hosts regular workshops for more information about how to qualify and apply for these scholarships.  Please click here to view the workshop dates and to RSVP for the workshops.  See below for the upcoming Prestigious Scholarship Awards available to UCR students:

Barry Goldwater Scholarship - The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields. Open to sophomores & juniors. The scholarship covers undergraduate eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year.  Students interested in applying must attend a mandatory information session hosted by the office of Undergraduate Education.  Please click here to view the workshop dates and to RSVP for the workshops.  For more information, please contact the office of Undergraduate Education.


Other On-Campus Scholarship Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant - The office Undergraduate Education also offers a Student Mini-grant Program. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide support to students planning to carry out Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.  Please click here to view the submission deadline dates for this academic year.   If planning to apply, you must attend a Proposal Writing Workshop.  Please click here to see the workshop schedule

Chancellor’s Research Fellowship – The Chancellor's Research Fellowship awards thirteen undergraduate students up to $5,750.  $5,000 is awarded as a summer research stipend, and $750 will be disbursed throughout the academic year to support presenting research at a national discipline specific conference or other research related travel, or for materials and supplies to conduct a research or creative activity project.  In addition to the financial support, fellows participate in professional development activities that support networking, guidance and mentorship on applying to prestigious scholarships, graduate/professional school, and national conferences.  Please click here to view the submission deadline dates for this academic year.  Mandatory application workshops will be held leading up to the application deadline.  Please click here to see the workshop schedule.

UC Global Food Initiative Fellowships - In support of the University of California’s Global Food Initiative (GFI), which commits the UC to develop and promote sustainable and nutritional food systems to meet an ever increasing global population, the UCR Global Food Initiative Committee accepts applications for the Global Food Initiative Fellowships each spring.  Click on the link above for more information, including application deadlines and requirements.  


Off-Campus Scholarship Opportunities

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program - The NSF Graduate Fellowship Program (GRFP) Recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.  As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.  Open to graduating seniors.  Funds graduate school tuition and stipend.

National Science Foundation Noyce Scholarship Programs at Claremont Graduate University - Claremont Graduate University currently offers two distinct National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored scholarship programs. Each differs with respect to the amount of financial support, years of service required, and duration. See descriptions below for more details on the two programs.  For more information about the NSF/Noyce Fellowships, contact Eddie.Partida@cgu.edu or call 909-607-2683.

Noyce Phase II Teaching Fellowship
To qualify, individuals must have a major or minor (or an equivalent degree) in a STEM discipline, have a distinguished record of academic performance, and agree to teach for two years in a diverse public school after earning their certification. After one summer of instruction Teaching Fellows will qualify for an internship credential that allows them to teach—fully salaried—while completing their credential over the next three semesters. Teaching Fellows must secure their own internship (employment) and are free to teach at the school of their choice provided the school meets the federal criteria as a high-needs school and is within a 50 mile radius of CGU. Teaching Fellows also receive an iPad which they use to record, share, and discuss best practices in small discipline specific learning groups throughout the program. All math and science applicants to CGU’s Teacher Education Program are automatically considered for this fellowship. Approximately 10 fellowships are awarded per year.

Noyce CCSI Teaching Fellowship
The Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowship is a five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals make a commitment to teach math or science in public secondary schools. Teaching Fellows are talented individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and are new to teaching. Teaching Fellows are first trained as math or science teachers, then as Master STEM Educators. Each individual receives approximately $42K in tuition support during the first two years of the program to cover the cost of earning a California Preliminary Credential, a California Clear Credential, and a master’s degree in education. During the first year, fellows also receive $15K in living stipends while engaged in a year-long teaching residency. Upon completion of Teaching Certification/MA, fellows are eligible to receive salary supplements of $10K per year for up to four years of teaching math or science in local high-needs schools. Applicants must include supplemental application materials at the time of applying to CGU’s Teacher Education Program.

Scholarship Web Resources

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