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The Cal Pride Scholarship

The Cal Pride Scholarship is a one-year award that recognizes Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors at UC Berkeley and incoming transfer students for academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement, as well as their contribution to the LGBTQ community. Previous recipients of the Cal Pride Scholarship are not eligible to re-apply.

Please take due care when responding to the essays presented, as those students selected for finalist interviews are often chosen on the basis of the thought and consideration of their responses. Successful applicants are often those who spend more time on the essays and are able to articulate their positions clearly in subsequent in-person interviews.

Applications open September 4, 2023 and close October 1, 2023.

About The Cal Pride Scholarship

Award Details
Award Details
Current Student Status

Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (including transfer students)


past awards have ranged from $500 – $5000

Length of term

1 year
(full award disbursed in Spring Semester)


Student Status


  • Enrolled as UC Berkeley undergraduate student in at least the minimum number of units approved by major college or school for Fall 2023 and/or Spring 2024
  • Must have matriculated at UC Berkeley for at least one full semester
  • Interview in-person on campus in late Fall 2023 semester (study-abroad students interviewed via Zoom)

Application Process

  1. Students apply online for The Cal Pride Scholarship in the Fall semester
  2. Finalists interview with alumni for the award late Fall semester and are notified of their status 2-3 weeks post interviews


Apply for the Cal Pride Scholarship

Applications open September 4, 2023 and close October 1, 2023


Introducing the 2022–2023 Cal Pride Scholarship Cohort

Meet the Scholars
Jessica Allen Courtesy of Jessica Allen
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Alumni Scholars Program

The Alumni Scholars Program provides more than $2 million each year in scholarships and support for UC Berkeley undergraduate students. Learn about the awards and determine your eligibility for support.

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