Scholarships & Awards

Physical & Biological Sciences Division

The Kenneth and Ann Thimann Scholarship
1984 Dr. Kenneth Thimann, founding Dean of the PBSci Division, and his wife, Ann, established this award. Scholarships are awarded at the end of the academic year to a graduating UCSC senior, who has been accepted to graduate school and shows the most promise as a future scientist in one of the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences.
Contact: Interested students should call: (831) 459-2931

ARGV Endowed Scholarship Fund
Set up by a class of 1985 alumnus, this undergraduate scholarship for a student in Natural (Physical & Biological) Sciences, Engineering or Social Sciences. Preference given to student(s) with diabetes.
Contact: Financial Aid

The Elmer A. Fridley Scholarship
The Elmer A. Fridley Scholarship in the Physical Sciences has been awarded on our campus since the 1989-90 academic year. The scholarship fund was set up as a result of a bequest to the University of California from the estate of William Fridley, a long time resident of Santa Cruz County. The scholarship is to be awarded to an outstanding continuing undergraduate or graduate student in the physical sciences. The scholarship is awarded in the late spring.
Contact:
Interested students should call: (831) 459-2931

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

In 1986 Congress established the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. This program's purpose is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. UCSC is given the opportunity to nominate four applicants. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. Scholars may opt to study abroad, but their Goldwater funding will be based on their U.S. institution's budget.
Contact:
Interested students should call: (831) 459-2931

Deans’ & Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards, UC Santa Cruz
The Deans’, Chancellor’s and Steck Awards recognize exceptional achievement in research projects or other creative activities. Application forms are available in early spring from offices of the Chancellor, Divisions, Departments, and Colleges. Winners are honored at the Undergraduate Academic Awards ceremony in June that culminates the UCSC annual Student Achievement Week.

  • Deans' Undergraduate Award
    In late spring, fifty undergraduate students, ten from each of the five academic divisions, receive the Dean’s Award of $100 for outstanding achievement in their division. Recipients are considered for the Chancellor’s Award.
    Contact:
    Interested students should call: (831) 459-2931
  • Chancellor's Undergraduate Award
    In late spring, the Chancellor’s Award recognizes the top three students, from the Deans’ Award list, from each division with an additional $100 award. Recipients are considered for the Steck Award.
    Contact:
    Interested students should call: (831) 459-2931
  • Steck Award
    The Steck Award recognizes what they feel is the most outstanding research project chosen from the fifteen Chancellor Awardees. The student recipient receives an additional $1,000. In addition, his or her senior thesis/research project is bound and copies given to the student, the research supervisor, UC Santa Cruz Library, and the Steck family, whose generous contributions have made this award possible.
    Contact: Interested students should call: (831) 459-2931