UCLA Samueli Undergraduate Scholarships

Information about Eligibility, Prompts for the supplemental documents, templates, etc can be found below.

THE ENGINEERING APPLICATION will be available on UCLA Academic Works from Monday Oct 5th through Monday Nov 2nd. 

After November 2nd, no further updates to the application may be made.

Questions regarding the 2020-2021 Engineering Scholarships may be directed to ,  however you are strongly advised to review the Guidelines below before hand as it answers to commonly asked questions may be found there.

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Who is eligible to apply?

All current undergraduates with Engineering Majors at UCLA are eligible to apply. Specific application criteria ranges for each scholarship. Please refer to the list on the application.

How is class standing determined?

Class level is determined by your total current units, including any current AP or transfer credit that has posted to your account (in progress in the current quarter courses are NOT included in this). You may only apply for scholarships that match your current class level standing. If you have pending transfer or AP credit that have not posted, you may not include it in your total units/class level.

  • 0 – 44.9 (Freshman)
  • 45 – 89.9 (Sophomore)
  • 90 – 134.9 (Junior)
  • 135 + (Senior)
What is the difference between -financial need required- and -financial need considered-?

Financial Need considered: This denotes a Merit-based Scholarship. This means that all students that meet the criteria, regardless of financial need, are eligible. However, the Scholarships Committee will still consider financial need in making their selections.

Financial Need Required:  This denotes a Need-Based Scholarship.  This means that in addition to meeting the other criteria, the student must also have been determined to demonstrate Financial Need. Financial Need is determined by the Financial Aid Office (FAO) using data submitted on the FAFSA or Dream Act paperwork.  If you did not submit a FAFSA for the 2020-21 academic year (was due March 2nd of 2020), then you can not be considered for scholarships that say “financial need required”.

To summarize, if you submitted a FAFSA or Dream Act paperwork, you can be considered for any scholarship for which you qualify, Need based, and Merit based.  If you did not submit a FAFSA or Dream Act paperwork, you may only be considered for Merit based Scholarships.

Please note that it is possible that you submit a FAFSA and for the Financial Aid to determine that you are not eligible for additional scholarships and financial aid.  But you would never know if you could be eligible without first submitting the FAFSA.  You may still submit a FAFSA or Dream Act application. Please see the financial aid office website for more information: http://www.financialaid.ucla.edu/Undergraduate/Applying-for-Aid

What if I am…

graduating in Fall 2020

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to these scholarships -selection is finalized Winter term and payment is made over Winter and Spring quarter, so Fall 2020 degree candidates are not eligible.

graduating in Winter 2021

You are welcome to apply to these scholarships! However, award preference will be given to students who are enrolled full time (minimum 12 units per quarter), and for a full academic year (F20, W21, Sp21), as funds are disbursed over Winter and Spring.

enrolled in less than 12 units

You are welcome to apply to these scholarships! However, please note that you would not be eligible for the scholarships that specifically require applicants be enrolled full time (at least 12 units in Fall, Winter, and Spring of the 2020-2021 Academic year).

a first year student

You are welcome to apply to these scholarships!  We have access to your admission GPA to make our initial selections.  Because the final processing occurs after Fall grades post, we will check your Fall grades before finalizing the offer.  

in a non-engineering major in another College/School at UCLA

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to these scholarships, even if you have one of the Engineering minors like Bioinformatics or Environmental Engineering.

an engineering minor

You may apply to these scholarships only if your primary major is also in Engineering.

an engineering graduate student

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to these scholarships. You should contact your respective department regarding fellowship awards.

an international student

You are welcome to apply to these scholarships!  The only limitation is that you are not eligible for awards that say “US citizenship required” or “Financial Need Required”. You are eligible for all other awards. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified via email to provide additional information via GLACIER.  Once the GLACIER documents are updated or received, THEN your award can be processed and paid out.

an undocumented student (AB540)

You are welcome to apply to these scholarships and will be considered for all “financial need considered” or Merit awards.To be considered for awards that state Financial Need Required you must complete our scholarships application AND submit the DREAM Application which was due on March 2, 2020.  You may still complete a form if you are interested in being considered for need based aid.  Please do so ASAP! http://www.financialaid.ucla.edu/Undergraduate/Applying-for-Aid

Undocumented students are not officially classified as CA residents by the UC Registrar, even if you live or have lived in California, so you may not be eligible for awards that specifically require California State residency.

an intercampus visitor or EAP student

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to these scholarships.


DEADLINE:  Monday Nov 2nd

  • You will need to complete the General Scholarship Application before you can access the Engineering Application.
  • This will match you with any opportunity you may be eligible for based on your application in addition to the extra questions we need to match you with Engineering awards.
  • The Engineering Application will become available after October 5th.

Be sure to check over your submission for accuracy and that it is complete before the deadline.

Once the deadline has passed, the information on your application at that time is FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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I created an account last year. Do I have make a new one to apply this year?
Nope.  All UCLA Students have a profile with UCLA Academic Works.

    • If you have used this scholarship tool before, you don’t have to create a new account.  You can just update your information and complete the Engineering Application after October 5th but before November 2nd.
    • If you have never used this tool before, you just need to log in with your Bruin Online information (BOL) to get started.
I don't see the Engineering Application, how do I apply?

You will not be able to see the Engineering Application until you complete the General Application.

If you have already done these, check that you are eligible for this application to show up for you (see Eligibility details).

If you feel you are eligible and the application period is still active, please email .

May I apply for more than 1 scholarship?

Yes!  And there is nothing extra you have to do.  When you complete the Engineering Application, you will actually be considered for every scholarship for which you meet the donor criteria.  And the advantage of using Academic Works is that you could be auto-matched with other opportunities outside Engineering as well!

What happens if I apply for a scholarship and later change my major, or no longer meet the scholarship requirements?

If awarded a scholarship, you are required to maintain eligibility based on the listed award criteria. If you fail to do so, or have a significant drop in GPA, it will affect your eligibility and could result in withdrawal of the award. If you no longer meet the criteria, you are advised to immediately notify  so that we can advise you accordingly.


NEW 2020-2021 No Documents required to be uploaded to Academic Works.  Woohoo!

Before you celebrate too hard, we are still asking for an Engineering Autobiographical Statement and we are still asking about your Extra-Curricular Activities, they are just built into the Application Questions.

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What about where it says I can upload a Resume?

This step is not required nor will it even be considered for Engineering Scholarships.  In fact because most resumes have personal, identifying information that we do not make available to the reviewers, so not uploading one is preferred.  But if you do, it won’t have any bearing on this application.

Can I make changes once I have completed the General Application and/or Engineering Application?

Yes!  You can make updates all the way up until the application close (Monday November 2nd).  


The strength of your essay is STRONGLY considered.

Your essay should be based upon your personal relationship with the field of engineering.

  • Do not be vague: This is your opportunity to demonstrate your passion for Engineering by referring to specifics from your life: internships, jobs or experiences, etc., that have been formative in guiding you down this path to Engineering.  Be detailed.  Make sure any reference to your future plans are well supported by past experiences and choices, as described in your essay.
  • It is okay to use a past essay (UC application or previous scholarship application) as a starting point, but chances are, you have grown and had new experiences in the last year.  Your essay should reflect these changes.
  • Please do not focus on finances. We understand that many students are in a situation of financial need. However, financial need is already taken into consideration when reviewing applications based on data provided by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Do not submit the same essay that you submitted in the past. The committee WILL notice and if so, you risk your application being disqualified.  
  • Do not submit an essay similar to your friend’s essay: If there are striking similarities between two essays, the committee will notice, and both applicants risk their applications being dismissed.
How can I get help with writing my essay?

OASA will be offering Scholarship Writing Workshops throughout the application period. D
ates and times will be posted soon: https://www.seasoasa.ucla.edu/scholarships-for-undergraduates/
This is a great starting point for first time applicants or to help you get into the brainstorming mindset.

You can also connect with the the Scholarship Resource Center prior to the due date for assistance with your autobiographical statement.  They provide one on one consultations where they will review and critique your essay. Please note that week 5 & 6 are very busy at the SRC, so the earlier you can schedule a consultation the better.

The UCLA Writing Center also provides writing consultation and we encourage you to use either resource.


There are two places you can detail Extra Curricular Activities

(1) In the General Application there are two sections:

  • EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE where you can detail up to 3 different extra curricular Club and Community activities
  • EMPLOYMENT/INTERNSHIPS/RESEARCH: where you can detail up to 3 different experiences.

(2) In the Engineering Application there will be one section:

  • ENGINEERING CLUBS where you can detail up to 3 different official school affiliated clubs/organizations/research.  Hobbies such as personal coding projects that are not part of an official club or organizations should not be listed.
What if I am a new student and I haven't had a chance to really join a club at UCLA yet?

If you are in your first or second year at UCLA, the committee will review activities from the past two years, including activities at previous colleges/universities or high school. 

What if I am have more than 3 activities or experiences to list?

For Internships/Employment/Research – Pick your strongest 3 or your most recent 3.

For Engineering Clubs, you should highlight your 3 that demonstrate your strongest leadership role, or growth in a single club in the Engineering Application.   You can choose then to continue and update your General Application to list additional Engineering Clubs, or you can keep that space for non-Engineering activities that demonstrate your leadership and growth.


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The process is extremely competitive! We anticipate roughly 500 applications for just 100 scholarships this year, ranging in award amounts of $200 to $12,000. Total scholarship monies available for award is over $400,000. You should take the time to ensure your application is as strong as possible. Little things like grammar and punctuation are taken into account when reviewing essays, as well as whether or not the applicant followed the application guidelines/instructions.

Who reviews my application? What is taken into consideration when choosing scholarship recipients?

The OASA Scholarship Review Committee comprised of HSSEAS Alumni and Staff review the applications. Items taken into consideration are: strength of essay, academics, financial need, extra-curricular activities/leadership roles and specific donor criteria. Keep in mind that the ideal applicant should be well-rounded. I.e., a student should be able to maintain a good GPA while pursuing research, relevant work/internship opportunities and involvement with extra-curricular activities.

When will students be notified if they have received an award or not?

Notification will be sent out by the end of February.

If I win an award, when will it be paid out? Will I get a check?

If selected, awards will be applied to students’ BAR accounts evenly over Winter and Spring Quarters (exception: Winter Degree Candidates will receive their award in full for Winter Quarter).

Scholarships will be applied to any remaining balance on your BAR account and any remainder will be issued as a check to the student. As the final processing happens after Winter fees are due, students receive some sort of check in Winter quarter, but in Spring, the award applies directly to Spring fees and no check is issued.

Note for possible payment delays:

  • Students with an F-1 Visa must complete and submit GLACIER tax documents in order for their award to be paid out.
  • Students for which Financial aid needs to shuffle items in your financial aid package to accommodate this award may take a little longer to process.

How do I know if I need to submit any GLACIER documents? Where do I get them?

You’ll receive an email letting you know that your GLACIER profile has been initiated and to look for an email with further instructions. After you complete and submit those documents, please notify so that your final payment processing paperwork can be submitted.

Is there anything else I need to do if I am selected for an award?

Yes. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire, write a thank you note, and attend a brunch with the donors. The brunch usually happens in April. Details will follow from External Affairs. These activities are required and do much to ensure these awards continue to be available for you and other students in subsequent years.  Failure to complete this follow up may result in having to return the award money and becoming ineligible for future scholarship opportunities.