The Leadership Award

Established in 1934, The Leadership Award is a one-year, merit-based scholarship that recognizes undergraduate students at UC Berkeley who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership impacting their academic, work, or community environments. Students compete for the scholarship every year, ensuring a diverse and dynamic annual cohort of leaders whose work is relevant and newly inspiring.

As a Leadership Award Scholar, how are you going to make your mark at UC Berkeley?

Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is March 3 by 6 p.m. PST.

Learn how to apply

Award Amount

2015-16 academic year Amount Length
Lower Division
Includes: first-year, second-year students
$2,000 1 year
Upper Division
Includes: junior transfer, third-year, fourth-year, and fifth-year students
$2,000 1 year
Award amounts shown are for in-state and out-of-state/international residents    

Eligibility Requirements

Student status Requirements
Incoming Freshman
Incoming Junior Transfer
  • Demonstrate innovative, motivational leadership impacting academic, work, or community environments for previous academic year
  • Submit a UC Berkeley application for Fall 2015/Spring 2016 enrollment
  • Interview in-person in the United States, London, or Hong Kong in May 2015
  • Submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to UC Berkeley by June 1, 2015
Current Cal Student
  • Demonstrate innovative, motivational leadership impacting academic, work, or community environments for previous academic year
  • Registration and enrollment as UC Berkeley undergraduate student in at least the minimum number of units approved by major college or school for Fall 2015 and/or Spring 2016
  • Interview in-person on campus in September 2015
    (Study-abroad students interview by telephone)