Scholarships and Awards Announcement

The Division of Social Sciences at UC Santa Cruz is proud to announce multiple funding opportunities for undergraduate students.

March 06, 2017

Deans', Chancellor's, and Steck Award

Deadline: April 4, 2017

Open to: Undergraduate students

Purpose: The Deans', Chancellor's, and Steck awards awards recognize exceptional achievements in research projects or other creative activities, in order to both encourage outstanding scholarship and promote research as an important part of undergraduate education.

Click here to see previous winning projects. Winners of the Social Sciences Dean’s awards will be honored at the Divisional Award Lunch in late May. In addition, all Deans', Chancellor's and Steck awardees will be honored during Undergraduate Student Achievement Week, June 5 – June 9, 2017, and the names of the winners will be acknowledged at college commencement ceremonies.

Deans’ Undergraduate Awards: Fifty undergraduate projects, 10 from each of the academic divisions, will receive a Dean’s Award of $100 for outstanding achievement in their division.

Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards: Fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees, three from each division, will be selected from the Deans' Award recipients to receive the Chancellor’s Award of an additional $500.

Steck Award: The Steck Award will recognize the most outstanding research project chosen from the fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees. This student (or team) will receive (or share) an additional $1,000. In addition, the winning research project will be bound and copies given to the student(s), the research supervisor, the UC Santa Cruz Library, and the Steck Family whose generous contributions have made this award possible.


  • All submissions must include one supporting statement by the faculty sponsor, who will be emailed a link to submit the letter of recommendation online. Faculty recommendations must be submitted by April 11, 2017.
  • All submissions must include either an attachment of a thesis or a URL to the project or performance.
  • Foreign language projects must be accompanied by appropriate translation.
  • Technical papers must include an abstract in non-technical language.
  • Projects completed in spring 2016 (but not submitted in last year’s competition) are eligible for the 2016-17 competition, even if the student has already graduated. Students who graduated in spring 2016 must activate their UCSC email forwarding option (UCSC email accounts deactivate 12 months after graduation).
  • Previous award winners are eligible only for projects in a completely different area.
  • Application requires use of your CruzID Blue password.

Apply for the Deans', Chancellors' and Steck Awards here.

Questions regarding the guidelines can be directed to

The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Mid-to late April. Please consult your department advisor for specific date set by your department.

Open to: Undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences

Award amount: one award of $3,200

Anticipated Award Notification: May 12, 2017 – recognized at the Social Sciences Student Award Luncheon on May 26, 2017.

Purpose: The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who are passionate about social issues and committed to public service. Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman graduated from UC Santa Cruz as a Sociology major, and he was working for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as her Director of Community Outreach when he was tragically shot and killed. Generous donations from more than 520 alumni, community members, and the general public funded this endowment. This endowment awards $3,200 annually to one outstanding undergraduate student who is a major in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about the past recipients is available on the Social Sciences website.

Application Materials Required:

  • A short essay about your passion for social issues and commitment to public service
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript(s)

To Apply: Please consult your department adviser for deadlines and application process.

The Keeley Coastal Scholars Program

Deadline: April 28, 2017

Open to: Undergraduate students

Award amount: $1,000-$4,000 award to one or more students; $1,000 for sponsoring faculty member.

Anticipated Award Notification: May 12, 2017 – recognized at the Social Sciences Student Award Luncheon on May 26, 2017.

Purpose: Award supports underrepresented students from California with an unmet financial need doing summer research and policy work connected to Coastal Sustainability. Scholarships will range from $1,000-$4,000 per student with an associated $1,000 in support of the sponsoring faculty member. These funds can be used by students for any expenses incurred during the summer months. Undergraduate majors are invited to apply for this summer scholarship by submitting an online application and project budget. 

Eligibility and Application Materials:

  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Candidate must have established financial need during the current academic year
  • Online Application
  • Project Budget
  • Submit unofficial copy of transcripts
  • Sponsoring faculty member letter detailing the student's abilities and specific project responsibilities

To Apply: Submit an online application here. 

Send supporting materials and a project budget to Pam Dewey in the Dean’s office at

Walsh Family Scholarship


Open to: This award rotates annually among the departments in the Social Sciences Division, and this year it is the Latin American and Latino Studies Department's turn to receive the award. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need.

Award amount: $3,400

Anticipated Award Notification: 

Purpose: The Walsh Family Scholarship is an award to one or more undergraduate students in any of the majors within the Division of Social Sciences. 

Eligibility and Application Materials:

  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Candidate must have established financial need during the current academic year
  • Letter stating their financial needs and academic merit
  • Submit a copy of unofficial transcripts

To Apply: Submit all materials to the Latin American and Latino Studies Department following these instructions.

There are many other Department-specific awards and scholarships in the Social Sciences Division. Please consult your department advisers for department-specific scholarship opportunities.