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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?

Award Amount

2022–2023 Academic Year

Incoming Cal Students
Incoming Cal Students
Includes

First-year and junior transfer students

Amount

$2,000, disbursed through the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in Spring 2023

Due Date

Applications for the 2022–2023 academic year are now closed.

Current Cal Students
Current Cal Students
Includes

Second-year, third-year, fourth-year, and fifth-year students

Amount

$2,000, disbursed through the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in Spring 2023

Due Date

Applications for the 2022–2023 academic year have been extended!

Apply by June 19

Award amounts shown are for in-state and out-of-state/international residents

The Leadership Award Details

Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility Requirements
Incoming First-Years
  • Demonstrate innovative, motivational leadership impacting academic, work, or community environments
  • Be admitted and enroll at UC Berkeley
  • Virtual interview or in-person interview in July 2022
  • Submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to UC Berkeley by May 1, 2022
Incoming Junior Transfers
  • Demonstrate innovative, motivational leadership impacting academic, work, or community environments for previous academic year
  • Be admitted to and enroll at UC Berkeley
  • Virtual interview or in-person interview in July 2022
  • Submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to UC Berkeley by June 1, 2022
Current Cal Students
  • 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 Spring 2022
  • Virtual interview or in-person interview in September 2022
Contact Scholarships

Phone
510.900.8230

Email
scholarships@alumni.berkeley.edu

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