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Incentive Awards Program

We are creating a new program, that encompasses aspects of scholarship programs like the Incentive Awards Program (IAP) and Cal Opportunity Scholarship and aligns them so that we can continue to serve cohorts of students in the future.

Separately, our programs have been successful in addressing important populations and helping students throughout their time at Berkeley. Now, as a new program, the strengths of our programs will be developed to meet UC Berkeley’s critical objectives around access and diversity while still maintaining excellent support for scholars.

This new program starting in fall 2016, yet to be officially named, is an admissions and scholarship program where scholars will be selected by faculty and will receive faculty mentorship.


Why is this happening?

We are focused on securing the long-term financial stability of our scholarship programs. We want to make sure dedicated support for our scholars continues to be sustainable. We remain as committed as ever to the access, transition, retention, and degree completion of first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students.


What is/was the IAP?

Founded in 1991 in just 12 schools in San Francisco, the Incentive Awards Program grew to be the University of California’s largest privately funded direct service scholarship, recruitment, and degree-completion support program for students who have succeeded academically in their high school despite severe socioeconomic and personal challenges.

IAP provided direct personal, academic, and social support as well as financial access to high-achieving students who faced socioeconomic barriers from underserved communities throughout California. Through partnerships with 55 high schools in Northern California and 10 in Los Angeles, IAP staff actively recruited high school students and provided one-on-one UC application support for 25 years.


What is happening to current IAP staff?

Moving forward, scholars should contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, as their staff will be working with IAP scholars. Please contact Yesenia Mendoza Muller to learn more. 


I am a current IAP scholar in a current cohort, what’s going to happen to my program?

Our current scholars remain an important focus for us, and our support for these students will be enhanced by the new initiative. What is happening is that we are creating a new program, that encompasses aspects of scholarship programs like Incentive Awards Program (IAP) and the California Opportunity Scholarship (CalOp) programs, and aligning them together so that we can continue to serve cohorts of students in the future.

For additional information or immediate assistance with an urgent academic concern, please contact Yesenia Mendoza Muller at ymendozamuller@berkeley.edu or 510.643.9437 with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.


As a current IAP scholar, will my award funding be changing? How so?

There will be more generous awards for IAP scholars. Awards will no longer be capped at 32,000 over 4 years. Awards will be flexible and cover up to a student’s full financial need. We also expect that IAP students will be able to apply for new research fellowships in 2016–17 as an added benefit of the new program.

 

What about the IAP staff and/or support and service? 

Moving forward, after July 1, 2016, a new staff team comprised of members from our Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will lead this program, and they will be your best source of information.

 

Contact us for more information.

If you have additional concerns or need more details, please reach out to Cruz Grimaldo in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at dream@berkeley.edu.

Current Scholars who need additional or immediate assistance with an urgent academic concern, can also contact Yesenia Mendoza Muller at ymendozamuller@berkeley.edu or 510.643.9437.