Scholarship Search

Did you know that UC Berkeley students receive more than $10 million per year in outside scholarship aid?

Outside Scholarship Resources

The websites below may help you with your scholarship search. ​

Be wary of scholarship scams on the Internet. Beware of sites or services that charge a hefty fee to locate scholarships or that guarantee grants that seem too good to be true.

  • offers a college scholarship database that includes nearly 20,000 scholarships for a wide range of fields of study.
  • The Cal Alumni Association offers scholarships for entering and continuing UC Berkeley undergraduate students. Alumni Scholarship applications are due by May 2 for incoming students and by June 1 for continuing students.
  • The College Board Scholarship Search will help you find potential opportunities from their database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding.
  • College Grant Resource Guide is a helpful directory of grants and scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students, including government grants, career-related grants, and grants targeted to specific student populations, such as disabled students and black women.
  • College lists a broad array of college funding opportunities. The organization also offers its own scholarships, including the $10,000 Blogging Scholarship, for students who maintain a weblog and attend college.
  • FinAid has helpful information on how to look for scholarships, how to increase your chances for winning a scholarship, and how to avoid scholarship scams.
  • Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students on the website includes a directory of minority student scholarships and aid programs offered by public and private organizations.
  • Finding and Applying for Scholarships is a section of the Federal Student Aid website and contains helpful links and information.
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars Program promotes academic excellence and provides an opportunity for outstanding students with significant financial need to reach their full potential.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund is a scholarship for students of Hispanic Heritage. If selected, scholars have access to a full range of support services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training.
  • Scholarship Directory for Undocumented Students is a database of undergraduate scholarships that do not require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.
  • Scholar Match is a website and service created by 826 National to connect college-bound students with donors.
  • Scholarship Connection is a clearinghouse for information on externally funded scholarships for continuing Berkeley students only.

Please note that federal financial aid regulations require that the financial aid awards you receive cannot exceed your student budget. It is possible, therefore, that outside scholarships could reduce a component of your package of financial aid awards. We may need to reduce your financial aid awards by the amount of the outside resources received to ensure that your total awards do not exceed your student budget. In these cases, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office attempts first to reduce loan or work aid; fellowships, grants, or scholarships are only reduced as a last resort.

Managing Your Outside Scholarship Awards

Congratulations on winning an outside scholarship! Reference the following resources for guidance on how to report or submit outside scholarships and to find answers to frequently asked questions.