The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program

The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program (KASP) is named in recognition of a legacy commitment made by Cal alumnus, local business and community leader, Theodore (Ted) H. Kruttschnitt ’64. The program supports low-income, underrepresented minority students who have been admitted to Cal as incoming freshman or junior college transfers. In addition to financial aid, the KASP Scholars will receive the guidance and resources necessary to succeed at the number one public university in the world. To ensure access and the success of the KASP Scholars, CAA will partner with various campus units and student service centers.

Program Requirements

  1. Full-time enrollment at UC Berkeley
  2. Participation in evening scholar meetings and events throughout the academic year
  3. Minimum 10 hours of community service and/or outreach per semester
  4. “Satisfactory Academic Progress” as defined by the Office of Financial Aid and the scholar’s college

Award Amount

Award Recipient Amount Length
Incoming Freshman $6,000 per year 8 semesters
Incoming Junior Transfer $6,000 per year 4 semesters

Eligibility Requirements

Student status Requirements
Incoming Freshman
Incoming Junior Transfer
  • Must be eligible for Cal Grant A, check your eligibility here
  • Completed high-school, GED or community college transfer requirements in California, please note this is regardless of immigration status
  • Identify as African American, Chicano/Latino, and/or Native Indian/Alaskan Native
  • Submit a UC Berkeley application for enrollment
  • Submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to UC Berkeley


1UC Berkeley has identified African-American, Chicano/Latino, and Native Indian/Alaskan Native 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.