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 Association Scholarship

Every year, for the past 30 years, the Alumni Association has distributed their scholarship to students with good academics who are experiencing financial hardships. Read about the amazing impact this scholarship has made in its first 30 years here. Help us raise $100,000 by June 30, 2022 in honor of the 30th anniversary - give a gift now.


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.


Outstanding Staff Award

Established by the UC Santa Cruz 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 Alumni Association honors the very best among our dedicated UCSC staff. Thank you to everyone who nominated a colleague this year. The Outstanding Staff Award winner and four honorable mentions have been selected for 2021.


Past Awards

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