The Equity Scholarship

The Equity Scholarship began in 2008 as part of an initiative to make UC Berkeley a more diverse campus. This four-year, merit-based scholarship for in-state students of underrepresented minorities recognizes high-achieving African-American, Chicano/Latino, and Native American students at UC Berkeley in an effort to better reflect the population of the state of California.

Join us as an Equity Scholar at the original University of California and uphold its tradition as an epicenter of diversity and progressive thought.

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Award Amount

Award Recipient Amount Length
Incoming Freshman $20,000 total
($5,000 per year)
4 years
(8 semesters)

Eligibility Requirements

Student Status Requirements
Incoming Freshman

Selection Process

The chart below outlines the timeline for each phase in the selection process:

  1. Prospective Cal freshman file a UC application.
  2. Students apply online for The Equity Scholarship.
  3. Finalists interview with alumni for the award; recipients are notified.
1UC Berkeley has identified African-Americans, Chicano/Latinos, and Native Americans as underrepresented minorities on campus. This differs from the definition of underrepresented minorities given by FAFSA or the federal government, which includes Pacific Islander. The CAA Board of Directors has adopted UC Berkeley’s definition of underrepresented minorities for the purpose of this scholarship but recognizes the right to change this definition at their discretion.