Prestigious Scholarships and Awards
Available Award Opportunities
UCR undergraduate students are encouraged to review the award listings to determine the best award that meets their interests and long term goals. Interested students should consider attending any of our Student Engagement Information Sessions as early as their sophomore year. These workshops will provide guidance on selecting recommenders, preparing compelling personal statements, interviewing, and developing a project proposal or proposed program of study. Visit our events page for information to RSVP for an upcoming information session.
UCR students are recognized nationally and internationally for their academic excellence as reflected by the number of prestigious awards earned. Since the office was established in 2013, Undergraduate Education has provided support and guidance to prepare qualified students to be competitive in applying for prestigious scholarships, fellowships, and internships. The Director of Student Engagement coaches students on awards that may be the right fit, counsels on application details, and assists with refining personal narratives and interviews to ensure stronger applications.
In addition to maintaining a strong GPA, students are encouraged to build their resumes early with involvement in activities that demonstrate leadership and intellectual curiosity. Students will be guided on optimizing research experience, leadership roles, community service, employment, internships, publications, conferences, and volunteer work to impact changes in their fields. Each of these experiences helps students build a record of accomplishment in scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community service while defining the students’ goals and focus.
Events - Prestigious Awards
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Fulbright Information Session Video
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a national award that provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs in over 160 countries.
The U.S. Student Fulbright grants support an individually designed study/ research plan, artistic project, or English Teaching Assistantship that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S. Applicants may be undergraduate seniors who anticipate graduating, master’s or Ph.D. degree candidates, and/or young professionals. Application is limited to one country program or geographic region.
UCR CAMPUS DEADLINE: AUGUST 15
UCR Award Winners
Since 2013, there have been 13 students selected and 11 who accepted the CORO Fellowship. These include: Akhil Rao, Liam Dow, Aaron Johnson, Keyva Clark, Sean Fahmian, Jorge Rodriguez, Michael Ervin, Mina Hanin (declined), Allita Wakins, Taylor Brown, Phong Hong (declined), Toluwani Cole, and Mark Sebarrotin.
Since 2013, there have been 8 students selected and 7 who accepted the Fulbright Award. These include: Jwyanza Hobson, Julianne Rolf, Zizhong Xiao, Travis Wrightsman, Joselyn Soto (declined), Phong Hong, Russel Altamirano, and Cebrina Nolan.
Since 2013, there have been 11 students who accepted the Donald A. Strauss Fellowship. These include: Freddy Lopez, Katherine Tsai, Cassie Nguyen, Connor Richards, Jade Zamorano & Hanni Schoniger (team award), Chirawat Sanpakit, Suketu Dadhat, Phong Hong, Andrew Eneim, and Raymond Ezzat.
Since 2013, there have been 2 students who accepted the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship. These include: Connor Richards and Jack Wang.
Since 2013, there have been 11 students who accepted the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. These include: Mary Nguyen, Connor Richards, Julianne Rolf (Honorable Mention 2014), Geoff Pronovost, Julianne Rolf, Amanda Tedesco, Korbin Kleczko (Honorable Mention), Louis Penafiel (Honorable Mention), Shannon Sweitzer, Renata Koontz, Nicholas Pham, Amrik Kang, Anthony Cort, and Catherine Seo.
Since 2013, there have been 3 students who accepted the Marshall Scholarship semi-finalists. These include: Connor Richards (Semi-Finalist), Nicholas Pham (Semi-Finalist), and Phong Hong (Semi-Finalist).
Since 2013, there have been 17 undergraduates who accepted the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). These include: Riley Bottom, Brendon Butler, Fallon Fowler, Julianne Rolf, Marrissa Gionet-Gonzales, Nerli Parades Revalcaba, Chirawat Sanpakit (Honorable Mention), Joselyn Soto, Travis Wrightsman, Zizhong Xiao, Peter Stokes, Elma Frias, Shannon Sweitzer (declined), Natalie Fischer, Alejandro Gallegos, Rosa McGuire, Sumbul Haider (Honorable Mention), Sofia Martinez Alberga, and Cindy Yanez.
Since 2013, there have been 3 students who accepted the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Summer Fellowship. These include: Phong Hong, Muhammad Sohail, and Samir Al-Alami.