About

Mission Statement

The Scholarship Opportunities Program (SOP) works toward UCI's mission to encourage high-achieving undergraduates to compete successfully for the most prestigious scholarships, grants, and graduate fellowships available, and to begin learning about the process as early as possible. In the Division of Undergraduate Education under the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, SOP organizes and disseminates information on a select group of prestigious awards that are national and international in scope, including opportunities for funded research and study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. SOP also facilitates UCI’s processes for evaluating applications and endorsing candidates for awards requiring University nomination. Additionally, staff provide individual and group counseling, present workshops, assist students with curriculum vitae (CVs), and edit Statements of Purpose and research/project proposals, and strengthen interviewing skills.

SOP Services

Our staff perform outreach to students; advise students on application processes; provide content advice and editorial suggestions for statements of purpose, research or creative project proposals, personal statements and Curriculum Vitae; present workshops; facilitate campus-level candidate evaluation committees and convene mock interviews to prepare finalists for national competitions.

Students who win these prestigious scholarships or fellowships have outstanding academic records as well as other distinctive accomplishments. Some scholarship programs look for evidence of leadership on campus or in the larger community. Often winners have established their credentials by engaging in and successfully completing a substantial intellectual or creative project. Strong, detailed faculty letters of recommendation are essential; to get this level of support, students must develop an academic relationship with faculty outside the classroom.

It takes time and effort to build the sort of college career that a successful application reflects. We urge students to prepare for these awards early by building relationships with faculty whose work interests you; pursuing research, community service, and leadership opportunities; and documenting these interests – in the form of a Curriculum Vitae, personal statement, proposal for future study/research, and faculty letters of recommendation.

Detailed advice on undertaking these steps to become a competitive applicant is provided year-round, through our SOP-PREP Personal Discovery course as well as personalized advising consultations.

SOP is able to advise competitive undergraduate candidates at UC Irvine only.

Outreach

SOP performs outreach to students by providing informational sessions, workshops, and announcements for scholarships and other opportunities for funded research and study. Information about future outreach events is available on our Events page.

UCI faculty or staff members may request to host a visit from an SOP representative on our Faculty & Staff Resources page.

Advising

We assist all undergraduate students interested in applying for any of the 21 prestigious, nationally or internationally-competitive merit scholarships, all funded by outside agencies. Our staff manages the campus-level application evaluation and endorsement (nomination) processes for 13 of these scholarships (students cannot apply directly to the funding agency).

Visit the Scholarship Advising page to enroll in SOP-PREP and start your application process.

Recognition

When students are nominated or recipients for any scholarships, our office provides recognition for all by honoring them with certification, highlighting them on our scholarship recipients blog, celebrating with a congratulatory Breakfast of Champions event towards the end of each academic year.

To see past scholarship recipients and photos, visit the Scholar's Blog, Current or Past Recipients, or the SOP Archive.

Contact Us

The Scholarship Opportunities Program office is located on the first floor the Science Library (193 Science Library) in the Center of Excellence in writing & communications. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

To contact SOP, please call 1(949)-824-0189 or email at sklrship@uci.edu

For SOP staff information, visit our contact page.