OURS National Scholarships

Danielle Tran (‘25) Named 2024 Beinecke Scholar

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Rising senior Danielle Tran, an English major minoring in Creative Writing and Education, has been selected as one of the outstanding undergraduates in the 2024 cohort of Beinecke Scholars. This prestigious scholarship provides $35,000 ($5,000 prior to graduate study and $15,000 per year) for two years of graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Eighty colleges and universities from across the U.S. (including UC Berkeley) are invited to nominate one student for the scholarship, and twenty scholarships are awarded nationwide. Most Beinecke recipients are at the top of […]

2023-2024 Scholarships Wrap-Up

We would like to wrap up the 2023–2024 academic year by congratulating all of the current Cal Bears and recent alums who received nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships this academic year, as well as those who submitted strong applications for the more than 30 scholarship programs our office supports. Astronaut Scholars – Clara Hung (’25) and Cooper Jacobus (’25) Beinecke Scholarship – Danielle Tran (’25) Critical Language Scholarship – Sara Ahlich (’24), Fraser Byers (’25), Charlie Kim-Worthington (’26), Ava Ratcliff (’26), David Villani (‘24), and Valerian Weinzweig (’25) Gates Cambridge Scholarship – […]

Junior Tiffany Mar Selected as Udall Scholar for Environmental Work

Tiffany Mar (’25, Society & Environment) has been awarded the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, which provides $7,000 for educational expenses to 55 outstanding sophomores and juniors who either study the environment and related fields or are Native Americans or Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. The scholarship was established to recognize students who embody the values of civility, integrity, and consensus exemplified by brothers Morris and Stewart Udall, whose public service careers in the U.S. Government dominated environmental reform for thirty years. Tiffany, who also […]

Two Alums from Class of ’22 Selected as Knight-Hennessy Scholars!

Cal alumnae Khushi Malde (’22, Data Science/Business Administration) and Sharon Lee (’22, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science) have been selected to join the 2024 cohort of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University, a program that financially supports up to three years of graduate study at Stanford for 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment. Khushi is interested in using technology to promote experiential learning among middle and high school students. She is passionate about creating student-centric learning environments that allow students to discover what they are truly […]

Junior Eli Glickman Awarded Truman Scholarship!

Eli Glickman (‘25, Political Science) has been selected to receive the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 to juniors planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. Recipients are selected for their strong academic performance, leadership ability, community service, and potential for influencing public policies. Public service has been a cornerstone of Eli’s upbringing. His paternal grandfather graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy during the Korean War. His maternal grandfather spent years consulting at Los Alamos National Laboratory working on […]

Celebrating Two New Schwarzman Scholars!

Two Cal students have been named as 2024–2025 Schwarzman Scholars and will be heading to Tsinghua University in Beijing in Fall 2024 to enroll in a fully funded one-year M.A. program in Global Affairs. They will join a highly selective and diverse cohort of 150 students eager to learn about Chinese culture and commerce and its role on the global stage and to develop their leadership skills. Peihang “Marshall” Li (’23, Political Economy) is currently pursuing his MPhil study in Economic and Social History at the University of Cambridge in […]

Celebrating Cal’s First Voyager Scholarship Recipients!

Juniors Drexler Madamba (’25, History/Public Policy) and Jon Sullivan (’25, Sociology) have been selected as Cal’s first recipients of the Voyager Scholarship. This honor – also known as the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service – was created by Michelle and Barack Obama and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. The $50,000 scholarship, which is only in its second year, aims to support 100 young leaders to bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges. The program provides students with financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to […]

Three Cal Bears Selected as Yenching Scholars

We are thrilled to announce that three Cal Bears have been selected to join the 2023-2024 cohort of Yenching Scholars! Camille Chabot (Global Studies, ’23), Edgar Hernandez Gallegos (Asian Studies & Linguistics, ’23), and Ian Wong (Sociology & Economics, ’22) will be heading to Peking University in the fall to begin a fully-funded M.A. in China Studies. Camille was born and raised in France. Her interest in China first developed at age 11 when she started to learn Mandarin and became fascinated by Chinese culture and politics. While attending Berkeley […]

2022-2023 Scholarships Wrap-Up

We would like to wrap up 2022–2023 by congratulating all of the current Cal Bears and recent alums who received nationally competitive scholarships this academic year, as well as those who submitted strong applications for the more than 30 scholarship programs our office supports. This year’s recipients are: Astronaut Scholars – Nitish Dashora (‘24), Cooper Jacobus (’25) Beinecke Scholar – Bryce Wallace (’23) Boren Scholar – Benjamin Davis (’25) Critical Language Scholars – Sara Ahlich (’24), Julian Martinez-Garcia (’23), Clio Smith (’23), Kyle Terrizzi (’23) Goldwater Scholars – Samuel Alber […]

Alumna Freja Ekman (’18) Honored with Soros Fellowship

Freja Ekman (’18, Chemical Biology) has been honored as one of this year’s 30 recipients of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a highly competitive merit award that provides up to $90,000 for two years of graduate study in the U.S. Freja will use her award to continue working toward an MD-PhD in genetics at Stanford, where she is engaged in developing new genome editing tools for the treatment of hematological and rare genetic diseases. Although Freja is finishing up her second year of medicine on The […]