UCEAP Scholarship FAQs
Q: Does UCEAP offer Scholarships?
A: Yes, scholarships and aid for UCEAP are distributed each year at UC campuses and through the UCEAP Promise Awards and Program Scholarships. UCEAP offers many scholarships and will award a total of at least $1 million annually. Check with your study abroad office to find out more about campus programs.
Q: Do I have to qualify for financial aid to be considered for a UCEAP Scholarship?
A: No. UCEAP scholarships are primarily based on merit, though financial need will be taken into account when applications are reviewed. The scholarship application will ask if you have financial need. You may answer yes if you are eligible for financial aid, which may include scholarships, grants, or loans from your campus or outside sources. We will not evaluate the level of funding you have received or planned to receive in determining our awards, but we reserve the right to confirm that you qualify for aid.
Q: How will a scholarship impact my financial aid package?
A: Notification of your scholarship will be sent to your home Financial Aid Office, and taken into account when packaging your financial aid, in the same way that all other scholarships are considered. For more information, please contact your UC Financial Aid Office.
Q: Who is eligible for a UCEAP Scholarship?
A: All UC students participating on a UCEAP program are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
In order to be awarded a scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:
1. Be currently enrolled at UC.
2. Be planning to attend a UCEAP study abroad program and ultimately be selected for it.
3. Meet the eligibility requirements for the program you are planning to attend.
4. Maintain good standing, which includes completing all pre-departure requirements and meeting all deadlines set by UCEAP and your campus EAP office.
5. If you receive a scholarship, you must be willing to submit a 2-page report, along with any appropriate photos and video, to the UCEAP Systemwide office within a month of the official end of the UCEAP program. This report should describe your experiences while abroad and how study abroad affected you. These materials may be used by UCEAP in publications.
6. If you receive a scholarship, you may be required to write a thank you note to the donor or donors who supported your scholarship.
The award selections will be primarily based on academic merit and integration of a selected UCEAP program into a student’s academic and career goals, as demonstrated in a personal statement. Students with financial need or who are traditionally under-represented in UCEAP programs should include the impact these elements have had on their decision to study abroad. Under-represented students include those who have transferred to UC from a community college, veterans, first-generation college students, participants on year-long programs, and students on programs where the majority of classes are taught in a language other than English.
Q: Are international students or graduate students eligible for UCEAP Scholarships?
A: Yes, both international students and graduate students are eligible for UCEAP Scholarships. See the above question for more details about eligibility.
Q: How much money is available?
A: Scholarship amounts depend primarily on the length of time you will spend abroad. UCEAP Promise Awards for Summer programs will be $1,000. UCEAP Promise Awards for Fall and Spring departures (including quarter, semester, and year options) will be $2,000. Two awards of $2,500 are available in the Jasmine Jahanshahi Scholarship, and one award of $2,500 is available in the UCEAP Guardian Scholarship annually. Nominations for the Jasmine Jahanshahi Scholarship and UCEAP Guardian Scholarship will come from applications to the UCEAP scholarship program.
If you plan to study abroad for a year, you are eligible for the the Duttenhaver and Dan Wise Scholarships. These are awards of $5,000, and you can receive a Duttenhaveraward in addition to the UCEAP Promise Awards, for which you can apply for each term that you are abroad. Students who choose to extend from a single term to a year-long program are eligible for the Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarship, with awards of $2,500. You must apply online through a separate application process for the Duttenhaver and Paul Duttenhaver Extension awards. Please note that these scholarships have different deadlines and requirements than the UCEAP Promise Awards.
Q: What are my chances of receiving an award?
A: This depends on the number of scholarship applications received. During the application cycle for 2016-17, 29% of completed applications were awarded scholarships. Awards are primarily merit-based, and your GPA, academic accomplishments, and goals for study abroad will all be taken into account when your application is reviewed.
Q: When can I apply and what is the deadline for scholarship applications?
A: Applications for UCEAP Promise Awards for Summer programs are due by February 15. Applications for Fall programs are due by March 15, and applications for Spring programs are due by September 15. All applications must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the application due date.
Applications for Paul Duttenhaver Extension and Duttenhaver Scholarships
must be submitted by March 1 for study abroad programs beginning in Fall, and October 1 for all year-long programs beginning in the Spring.
Q: Can I apply for multiple UCEAP scholarships?
A: Yes. You can apply for the UCEAP Promise Award in addition to a Duttenhaver scholarship if you are studying abroad for a full year.
You can also apply for a UCEAP Promise Award for more than one term. Your applications will be reviewed separately by teams of reviewers, so be sure to write personal statements tailored to each program.
If you are going abroad in the fall and spring, you can re-apply for a spring award when that application is open (during the summer prior to your program).
Check with other scholarship programs in case they have restrictions on you accepting their scholarship if you receive other awards. Advise your Financial Aid office of all scholarships you receive.
Q: How do I apply for a UCEAP Scholarship?
A: UCEAP has a streamlined online application system for our scholarships. You must upload a statement of purpose in order for you to be considered for an award. Online applications are required for all our scholarships.
Q: What should I include in my Statement of Purpose?
A: Your statement of purpose should be a clear, concise essay, with a maximum of two pages double spaced. In your statement, please address the following:
- How the country, language (if applicable), and specific program you selected will help you achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals
- Specific opportunities, courses, or projects you plan to pursue while abroad, and why studying abroad is the best way to accomplish them
- If you are a student with financial need, please discuss how this has impacted your decision to study abroad
- If you are a student who identifies with a cohort that is traditionally underrepresented on study abroad programs, please discuss how this has impacted your decision to study abroad. Traditionally underrepresented students on UCEAP programs include, but are not limited to, students who have transferred to UC from a community college, veterans, first-generation college students, students on programs where the majority of classes are taught in a language other than English, and students who spend a full year abroad (two semesters or three quarters).
Q: Is a letter of recommendation required? Who should write the letter of recommendation? What should the letter include?
A: A letter of recommendation is not required for UCEAP Promise Awards. A letter of recommendation is required for the Duttenhaver & Dan Wise scholarships.
For Duttenhaver scholarships, seek to provide a strong letter of recommendation, such as one from a TA or faculty member, an employer, or the head of a nonprofit where you have volunteered. The letter should come from someone who knows you and is familiar with your academic work and personal characteristics. A letter from a supervisor or TA who knows you well is more useful than a letter from a professor who cannot speak to your personal goals and previous successes. You may use a letter that has been solicited for your general EAP application.
The letter should be on letterhead, with contact information for the recommender. Personal references are not acceptable for this application.
Q: What is Good Standing?
A: You must complete all pre-departure requirements and meet all deadlines set by UCEAP and your campus EAP office in order to remain eligible for a scholarship. At the time of scholarship selection, we will confirm with UCEAP and campus staff that you are up to date on all required documents. As long as you do not miss a deadline before departure, you will retain your scholarship offer.
Q: How will I be informed if I am awarded a UCEAP scholarship?
A: UCEAP will send you a message at the email address you provided in your application to inform you of the status of your application. Status notifications will go out by April 1 for Summer programs, May 1 for Fall programs, and November 1 for Spring programs. If you have been selected for a scholarship, you will need to fill out an acceptance form.
Q: How will I receive the scholarship monies/award?
A: The award will be applied to your MyEAP student account once you are accepted to the program, prior to the program start date.
Q: I have questions about UCEAP Scholarships. Who can I contact?