Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

Thirty years ago, a group of visionary UCSC alumni saw that student financial needs were growing and jumped at the opportunity to help, and started the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. In the first year, the Alumni Council collected five gifts totaling just over $600 in scholarship support. Since 1991, the Alumni Association Scholarship has supported over 400 students through 788 scholarships, and provided over $1.8 million in scholarship support.

Every year, alumni volunteers select new students to receive the Alumni Association Scholarship. Every student selected continues receiving their $3,000 annual award until they graduate, as long as they maintain a good academic standing.

Our loyal alumni and friends have made this scholarship possible. Let’s celebrate 30 years of impact:

  • $1.86 million has been distributed to students
  • 100% of the scholarship aid goes to students with high financial need and an excellent academic record
  • 788 Scholarships awarded to date
  • 65% of student recipients are from historically minoritized backgrounds
  • 43 students will receive the scholarship this academic year

The financial needs of students have increased exponentially since the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund was established—your help is needed now more than ever. Everyone who donates to the scholarship fund is supporting high-achieving freshmen and transfer students who are working hard to earn their degree while navigating financial hardship.

Become a part of the Alumni Association Scholarship’s 30th Anniversary celebration—make your gift today. Support student success and make a difference! 


The Eric Thomas Memorial Award, established in 2004, is awarded to one student each year who best reflects the spirit of Eric Thomas, a beloved former UCSC Alumni Association President. Eric offered a helping hand to whoever needed one. He was a leader who embraced and symbolized what we believe are two key takeaways from our UCSC experience: making the world a better place one small act at a time, and having a good time doing it.

Alumni making a difference!
Give. Support. Celebrate.

For the past 30 years, with the tremendous help of UCSC alumni, the Alumni Council has worked to support students who are working hard to earn their degree while navigating financial hardship. The scholarships provided by the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund follow the students throughout their time at UC Santa Cruz. We’re proud that this scholarship has served more students than any other UCSC scholarship. Make a gift today, and join us in celebrating this remarkable legacy.

We want to ensure that your future donation is honored, and your legacy lives on. If you are interested in making a gift though our Planned Gifts Office, let us know.