Awards & Programs

UCSC Alumni Association awards and programs recognize and celebrate the notable members of the UCSC community. For more information about awards and programs, please contact Shayna Kent

Alumni Achievement Award

In 1984, the UCSC Alumni Association began honoring alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their field. Recipients are alumni of UC Santa Cruz who have rendered special and outstanding services to UCSC, or who by personal achievement have brought distinction to the university. Click here to submit an Alumni Achievement Award nomination.

Alumni Association Scholarship

The Alumni Association awards two sets of scholarships each year: the Alumni Association Scholarship and the College Service Award. The awards are distributed through the Financial Aid office in September. Scholarship award students are recognized at the fall Alumni Association Council meeting.

Outstanding Staff Award

Established by the Alumni Association in 1995, the Outstanding Staff Award is presented to a staff member to recognize sustained, distinguished service by staff to student life, the growth and improvement of UCSC's programs, and the preservation of UCSC's unique intellectual and physical environment. In collaboration with the UCSC Staff Advisory Board, the UCSC Alumni Association honors the very best among our dedicated UCSC staff. Click here to submit an Outstanding Staff Award nomination.

Distinguished Visiting Professor

In 1982, the Alumni Association endowed the UCSC Alumni Association Distinguished Visiting Professorship. The endowed chair was funded by the Alumni Association, individual alumni, and a matching grant from the chancellor. The purpose of the professorship is to enrich undergraduate education at UCSC by providing financial support to hire a person of academic distinction to enhance the college core course each academic year.

Alumni Association Council

The Alumni Association is governed by an elected board of alumni volunteers, the Alumni Association Council. The council is comprised of 24 alumni and is responsible for overseeing the membership of the Alumni Association and acting as alumni ambassadors for UCSC.