U.S. Service and Leadership Awards

For these awards, the Scholarship Opportunities Program seeks undergraduates with the ambition to become practical leaders in their fields. Potential applicants should have demonstrated the capacity and vision for original public or community service and organizational leadership achievements. Practical leadership may take many different forms; such capacity and vision may be demonstrated through some or all of the following:

  • Founding roles in new organizations or entrepreneurial ventures; 
  • Rising, within an existing organization, from the entry level of member or volunteer to a position of significant responsibility and influence; 
  • Sustained participation and dedication to achievement of increasingly challenging objectives related to a particular project or cause; 
  • Significant, progressively-responsible work or internship experience. 

Whatever form your practical leadership may take, you must be able to articulate how you made a unique and measurable impact, separate from other members of the project or organization and others who have held the same or similar roles. The formation of close relationships with supervisors and mentors is also essential to building a competitive profile toward these awards.

Please note that external scholarship agencies will consider all of your credit-bearing coursework from any college or institution as part of the review process (including CSU, community colleges, private colleges, or other UC campuses/Extension programs, and including units earned while in high school or studying abroad). Grades from other colleges will be included in the calculation of your cumulative (overall) undergraduate GPA for eligibility purposes.

Application Procedures

  1. Phase 1: Exploration to self-enroll in SOP-PREP.
  2. At the completion of SOP-PREP, you will meet with a Student Advisor and receive links to appropriate Pre-Application forms based on your academic interests and goals.
  3. If your Pre-Application is deemed eligible for personalized advising and endorsement (nomination) services, you will work on your application materials for 3 to 6 months under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.

Completion of both SOP-PREP and the correct Pre-Application form for the specific scholarship by the UCI Pre-Application deadline constitutes the mandatory first step in the personalized advising and campus evaluation and endorsement process (where endorsement is required).

SOP is able to advise competitive UCI undergraduate candidates only. 

UCI graduate students: contact the Graduate Division for advising.

Explorer's 11: November Deadlines

Sophomores & Juniors: Donald A. Strauss Public Service Award

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: November 8, 2021 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late September to early November annually.

  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Campus Endorsement is required.
  • Application to this scholarship requires mandatory participation in the Explorer’s 11 (Fall/Winter) advising process, under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.

Sophomores & Juniors: Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: November 8, 2021 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late September to early November annually.

  • Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Campus Endorsement is required.
  • Application to this scholarship requires mandatory participation in the Explorer's 11 (Fall/Winter) advising process, under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.

Juniors: Harry S. Truman Scholarship for Public Service

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: November 8, 2021 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late September to early November annually.

  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Campus Endorsement is required.
  • Application to this scholarship requires mandatory participation in the Explorer’s 11 (Fall/Winter) advising process, under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor

Trailblazers 10: April Deadlines

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: Knight-Hennessy Scholarship at Stanford University

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: April 12, 2021 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late February to early April annually.

  • Campus Endorsement is available but not required.
  • Students may apply directly to the program on their own.
  • SOP optional advising services are provided on a space-available basis during the Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer) advising process.
  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: April 12, 2021 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late February to early April annually.

  • Campus Endorsement is not available.
  • Students may apply directly to the program on their own.
  • SOP optional advising services are provided on a space-available basis during the Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer) advising process.
  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.

Questions about the campus advising and endorsement (nomination) process may be directed to the Scholarship Opportunities Program at sklrship@uci.edu or 949-824-0189.

 

SOP is able to advise competitive UCI undergraduate candidates only.