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Alumni Scholarships Volunteers

Since 1936, volunteers have played a vital role in the UCLA Alumni Scholarships Program. Volunteers are able to interact with like-minded Bruins and exceptional scholarship applicants while giving back to the university in a tangible way.

We invite UCLA Alumni and friends to help in the selection process of our exceptional candidates by reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and outreach. Our volunteers are absolutely crucial to the Alumni Scholarships Program.

Volunteer Opportunities

Freshman Alumni Scholarships 

Freshman Alumni Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman based on merit.

Alumni Scholarships Volunteer Information Sessions:

Southern California
UCLA – James West Alumni Center
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
*Live-stream available for those outside the Southern California area. Participation on the training, either in person or virtually, is required for ALL volunteers.

Alumni Scholarships Application Reading Opportunities:

  • Southern California
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 – UCLA James West Alumni Center
  • Northern California
    Sunday, March 18, 2018 – Bay Area, location TBD
  • Virtual
    Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 18, 2018

Regional Candidate Interviews

  • Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Sunday, April 8, 2018

*Interview sites will vary based on candidate pool

National Finals Competition

Every April, top-scoring scholarship applicants participate in a competition at UCLA to potentially increase their base scholarship award up to $20,000 paid over four years. This competition is a 32-year tradition of the Alumni Scholarships Program and was formerly known as State Finals.

  • 2018 Competition: April 22, 2018 – James West Alumni Center
  • More information will be shared during Volunteer Training

Community College Transfer Alumni Scholarships 

Community College Transfer Alumni Scholarships (CCTS) are awarded to incoming transfer students based on merit. The application review of our transfer students is from May 16 – May 20, and we need your help to read and score the applications from these incredible students.

Lew and Edie Wasserman Grant 

The Lew and Edie Wasserman Scholars Endowment was established in 1994 to recognize UCLA undergraduates with extraordinary academic merit, superior personal qualities and demonstrated financial need. This grant provides additional funding, up to $5,000, to current Alumni Scholars, helping them reduce their Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans and Work Study.

  • Virtual Application Reading: June 2018 TBD
  • Volunteering Position(s): Application Reader

True Bruin Distinguished Senior Award 

The True Bruin Distinguished Senior Award is a $5,000 scholarship awarded to highly meritorious students who exemplify the True Bruin values of Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Service. This scholarship was formerly known Distinguished Senior/Bruin Award.

  • Volunteering Position(s): Application Reader and/or Interviewer
  • Virtual Application Reading: Fall 2018 TBD
  • Interviews: Fall 2018 TBD – James West Alumni Center

Alumni Scholarships Steering Committee 

This committee assists the UCLA Alumni Scholarships Program staff in the administration and advancement of the program. The committee positions provide an opportunity to utilize volunteers in achieving program goals and expanding the impact of scholarships.

Committee activities include: the review of award requirements, determine the number of scholarship awards each year, volunteer engagement, handling of award exceptions and input of fundraising efforts.


Volunteers should have access to the internet to receive communication and electronic applications.

Some selection programs may require attendance on UCLA’s campus. Specific events indicated on Volunteer Registration form.

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