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National Prestigious Scholarships and Awards


National Prestigious Scholarships and Awards (NPSA)

Undergraduate Education provides support and guidance to prepare qualified students to be competitive in applying for national scholarships, fellowships, and internships. In addition to maintaining a strong GPA, students are encouraged to build their resumes early with involvement in activities that demonstrate leadership and intellectual curiosity.  Students will be guided on optimizing research experience, leadership roles, community service, employment, internships, publications, conferences, and volunteer work to impact changes in their fields.  Each of these experiences help to build a record of accomplishment in scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community service while defining the students' goals and focus.

All UCR undergraduate students are encouraged to review the Available Award Opportunities to determine the best award that meets their interests and long term goals. Interested students should consider attending the Student Success Workshop series as early as sophomore year. The workshops will provide guidance on selecting recommenders, preparing compelling personal statements, interviewing, and developing a project proposal or proposed program of study.

1)  Identify award opportunities as early as possible.  Look at the profiles of award recipients and begin to plan how you will prepare your profile to be competitive.

2) Introduce yourself  to faculty, professional staff, administrators, advisors and fellow student award recipients.  Attend office hours, workshops, information sessions, and seminars in your department.  Ask questions about professional development, research, and leadership opportunities. Work on developing a mentorship relationship where these individuals can help guide your academic and professional development.

3) Seek opportunities to distinguish your profile.  Get involved in research and service opportunities.  Explore internships and education abroad opportunities.

4) Be proactive and challenge yourself to take on leadership roles that impact change.  Demonstrate that you can conceptualize and idea, implement, and deliver a positive outcome.

5) Discuss with mentors opportunities to publish and present your work.  UCR provides two on campus opportunities to meet this goal.  1) The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium and 2) the Undergraduate Research Journal.

4) Sign up to join the National Prestigious Scholarships and Awards Mailing List.   Keep abreast of workshops, information sessions by National Award Representatives, upcoming deadlines, and opportunities at UCR to enhance your experiences.

5) Apply to formally join the NPSA Workshop Series.  Details on how to join will be provided at the fall NPSA Introductory Workshops.

6) When you are ready to apply for an award, complete the NPSA Planning Guide and schedule a meeting with Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz a quarter in advance of when you plan to apply.  Spring quarter for opportunities that have deadlines in September and October.

7) If the award opportunity requires a campus endorsement, complete the NPSA Endorsement Request Form.

UCR winners at a glance since 2012/2013.  Read more about the successes in 2016 UCR Today Article and 2017 UCR TODAY Article

  • 1 Gates Cambridge Scholar
    Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Scholars are selected based on outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others, a good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations, and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying.
  • 8 Goldwater Scholars
    This scholarship is awarded nationally to students who demonstrate outstanding research potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. In the UC System only UCSD (6) and UCSB (5) have produced this many scholars in the same time period.
  • 2018 Inside UCR Article "Two UCR Undergraduates Named Goldwater Scholars"
  • 10 Donald A. Strauss Foundation Scholars
    This scholarship funds $10,000 to student led public service and education projects. Strauss Scholars tend to have an extensive record of community and public service. 
  • 12 CORO Fellows
    This fellowship trains ethical, diverse civic leaders nationwide. Coro fellows engage in government, business, labor and not-for-profit community organizations; and participate in special community and political problem solving processes.
  • 6 Undergraduate Fulbright Scholars (Research and English Teaching Award)
    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a national award that provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs in over 160 countries.
  • 66 Undergraduate NSF GRFP Fellows
    The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. 
  • 2018 - Inside UCR Article "11 UCR Students Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship"
  • 1 Marshall Finalist
    The Marshall Scholarship enables intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country's future leaders, to study in the UK in order to help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain and to motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors between the USA and the UK. The award is also designed to promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each Scholar. To this end, scholarships provide winners with two fully funded years of study, with a possible third-year extension, at any university in the United Kingdom and applicable to nearly any field of study.

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