About

Mission Statement

UCI encourages 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, the Scholarship Opportunities Program (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. The 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.

About OVPTL & DUE

Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL)

The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL) oversees 3 divisions that provide services to the campus community to fulfill this mission – Division of Undergraduate Education, Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation, and Division of Summer Session. The Office promotes students’ academic and future success through campus and community partnerships.

For more information about OVPTL, please visit their website here.

Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)

The core mission of the Division of Undergraduate Education is to support and enrich the academic experiences of undergraduate students so that they succeed and thrive. The Division provides campus leadership, programs, and services that enhance the quality of undergraduate education at UCI. An advocate and steward for educational excellence, the Division works with all academic units, programs, and members of the UCI community to foster a climate of learning, discovery, and engagement for every undergraduate student. Through its diverse and innovative programs and services, the Division provides support for student academic achievement, for a rich and coherent curriculum, and for outstanding teaching through the integration of teaching and research activities and the facilitation of effective pedagogy.

For more information about DUE, please visit their website here.

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.

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.

If you want more information about future outreach events, please visit our Events page.

Advising

We assist all undergraduate students interested in applying for any of the 17 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 12 of these scholarships (students cannot apply directly to the funding agency).

Visit the Undergraduates Advising page to 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.