Scholarships for New/Prospective Students

Welcome prospective students! This webpage is designed to help you learn more about specific scholarship awards and opportunities available to new engineering students at the Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz.

ACCESS Scholars Community for Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Students

Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering

Important Update for Fall 2012 Applicants

Unfortunatley, no ACCESS Scholarships will be offered for the 2012-13 Academic year. However, students admitted at the Frosh level for Fall 2012 may still be considered for the ACCESS Scholars Learning Community. Students with and without financial need may apply to the ACCESS Scholars community. Students with demonstrated financial need may be considered for a scholarship award at a later time, should funds become available.


ACCESS Scholars Community Participants Receive:

  • Affiliation with an engineering residential community at Crown College, UCSC
  • Room assignments in the same residence hall as other ACCESS scholars
  • Participation in a community of ACCESS scholars with a common first-year curriculum
  • ACCESS Community Events and Field Trips
  • Big Sister/Big Brother Peer Mentorship
  • Faculty Mentorship
  • Support and advisement for career development and graduate school preparation

ACCESS Scholars Community Eligibility:

  • Freshman admitted to UC Santa Cruz for fall quarter 2012
  • Declared major in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering or have indicated the undeclared advising cluster “Engineering and Computing”
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Fall 2012 Time line for ACCESS Scholars Community Applications

  • March 1: Fall 2010 ACCESS Applications available on line
  • March 2: Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and GPA Verification Form priority deadline (FAFSA is required to be considered for an ACCESS Scholarship award)
  • April 15: DEADLINE for all ACCESS Scholars Community Applications
  • April 27: ACCESS Community Scholars Notifications Mailed
  • May 1: National Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) Deadline for Frosh applicants


The application for the 2012 ACCESS Community is available on-line.

Sony Scholarships for Computer Game Design Students ($10,000)

The Baskin School of Engineering offers need-based scholarship awards to incoming first-year students in the Computer Science: Computer Game Design major. The goal of the scholarship program is to recruit and retain top-quality, financially disadvantaged students, especially women, into the Computer Game Design program as entering frosh. Scholarships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible students for fall 2012. Students who wish to be considered for the Sony Scholarship for Computer Game Design should indicate their interest in the major as their first choice for the Santa Cruz campus on the UC application. Students must also complete all federal and university financial aid forms in order to be considered.

Amy Beth Snader Memorial Scholarship ($16,000)

The Amy Beth Snader Memorial Scholarship was established in 1992 in honor of its namesake, an alumna of UCSC in Computer and Information Sciences, with the purpose to help women undergraduates in Computer Science. The goal of the scholarship is to attract more women to UCSC to pursue engineering degrees, though male and female applicants are considered for this award. Amy Beth Snader scholarships are renewable awards that provide up to $16,000 of financial support over four years (up to $4,000 each year for four years) for students who continue to meet eligibility requirements. Students who wish to be considered for the Snader Scholarship should indicate a BSOE major or the undeclared advising cluster “Engineering and Computing.” Students must also complete all required federal and state financial aid forms in order to be considered.

General Scholarship Information

If you think you will need financial assistance to attend the Baskin School of Engineering and UC Santa Cruz, you are responsible for applying for financial aid, completing the necessary forms and meeting deadlines. By filling out UC’s application for undergraduate admission, you automatically apply for University-administered scholarships. Some UC scholarships require a supplemental application.

For more detailed information about all scholarship and financial aid programs, please visit: or e-mail