UC Riverside

Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships

Complete the puzzle



Today, more than ever, California's next generation of scientists, artists, educators and leaders need your help to reach their potential, to achieve their dreams.

Dramatic cuts in state funding for education, few options for part-time employment, the sudden loss of family income, increased competition for key classes and top programs... this is the reality facing California students today.

This year, unlike any before, your generosity will play a crucial role in enabling many of our best and brightest to bridge a widening gap, to stay in school, to stay on track.

At UCR, we are exceptionally proud of the sheer talent, determination and diversity of our students, so many of whom have already worked hard to beat the odds and become the first in their families to attend college.

And not just any college. Our nation's premiere public university... the University of California.

Please help us support these outstanding young scholars by making a gift in support of scholarships. Working together, we can complete the puzzle and help California students picture their continued success.

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In addition to the need for tuition support, students and their families also need help each year to cover up to $10,000 worth of books, room and board, transportation and personal expenses. Gifts to the UCR Fund also provide critical support to the campus, resulting in more resources and fewer costs for our families.

Along with financial aid available to students at all UC campuses, such as the Blue and Gold Opportunity Fund program that covers tuition and fees this academic year for families with incomes of $60,000 or less, UCR is committed to expanding the number of scholarships, graduate fellowships and flexible campus resources available for our undergraduates, graduate students and athletes.

Scholarships change lives both for those who receive them and for the donors who make them possible. Your support enables students of every background and ambition, from first-generation college enrollees to dedicated graduate researchers, to reach their goal.


A scholarship can be created by making a one-time gift of cash or securities, by making a pledge – payable over five years or less – or by establishing an endowment. A scholarship can be created with planned gifts such as a bequest in your will, a charitable gift annuity or trust. Contact Jan Opdyke, executive director of scholarships, graduate fellowships and annual giving, to discover which funding options best meet your needs.


For information on how to make a gift to the UC Riverside Foundation through transfer of stocks or bonds, please download and print the UCR Foundation Stock Transfer (DTC) Instruction form.

 Opening the Door to Opportunity

  • Chancellor's/Regents Merit Scholarship
    Your gift will support scholarships for outstanding first-year and transfer students. These scholarships recognize academic potential and offset the cost of a UCR education.
  • Guardian Scholars
    Your gift to the Guardian Scholars program will support UCR students who have exited the foster care system. Support is needed for fees, books and summer housing.
  • Operation Education
    Operation Education is a comprehensive individualized scholarship program that provides support to UCR students who are veterans and were disabled while on active duty since September 11, 2001.
  • Graduate Fellowships
    Your gift will support the graduate work of a UCR student in the college or department of your choice.
  • Athletics Scholarship
    Your gift will provide a student-athlete with a scholarship that offsets the cost of a UCR education.
  • Pathways to Success/Coachella Valley Scholarship
    Your gift will support scholarships for incoming and continuing students from the Coachella Valley who demonstrate academic excellence and have financial need.
  • Legacy and Endowed Alumni Scholarships
    Consider a scholarship that lasts forever. You can perpetuate an annual scholarship gift by creating a permanent named fund. This scholarship can be established in your name, your family's name or in memory of a loved one.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Development
Mailing Address:
900 University Avenue, MC063
Riverside, CA 92521

Physical Address:
1955 Chicago Avenue, Ste. 200
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-5611
Fax: (951) 827-7311