Students transferring to the University of California, Merced from California community colleges can apply for financial support thanks to a new endowed scholarship fund from the Bernard Osher Foundation.
The $500,000 gift to UC Merced provides scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per student to five to 10 transfer students who show the greatest potential to fulfill their educational goals at UC Merced.
Since 2005, more than 1,328 students entered UC Merced as state community college transfers, and they have been an integral part of the campus community.
Scholarship recipients will be identified as Osher Scholars and scholarship funds will be awarded annually, with the first awards being given in the 2013-14 academic year.
Selection of scholarship recipients will be coordinated by UC Merced's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and selections will be made each summer for the upcoming academic year. To qualify, each student must:
- Be enrolled full time or part time, with "incoming-junior" or "continuing-senior" status.
- Have started their post-secondary education at a California community college and be transferring into UC Merced with at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units.
- Demonstrate financial need and academic potential as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.