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Interview Scholarship Finalists

Join fellow Cal alumni to interview scholarship finalists for The Leadership Award (TLA) and The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) and strengthen your connection to Cal while networking with fellow alums and meeting prospective Cal students.

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How It Works

Interview panels are conducted in person across the country or via Zoom or Google Hangouts. Scholarships Chairs, our lead Alumni Scholarships Program volunteers*, organize and coordinate interviews with local alumni. All interviewers are given an orientation by their Scholarships Chair that includes information about how to assess a candidate’s fit for the scholarship program and best practices for interviewing. If you are interested in serving as an interviewer, register below or contact your local scholarship chair.

Interviews are conducted in July for incoming first-year and transfer students. As of the 2024-2025 academic year we will no longer be holding interview events for current Cal undergraduates in September. The Leadership Award is changing to a multi-year award which students receive as they enter their undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley.

*Interested? Learn more about becoming a Scholarships Chair.

Upcoming Events

The Achievement Award Program

The Leadership Award

  • July 28, 2024: TLA In-Person Finalist Interviews, Register here!
  • July 20, 2024: TLA Virtual Finalist Interviews, Register here!
  • Regional In-person and Virtual Interviews, Event information coming soon


About the Alumni Scholars Program

Since 1934, the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program has provided scholarship support to undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. The Alumni Scholars Program currently awards more than $2.6 million dollars annually to incoming and continuing Cal undergraduates.

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Volunteer Details

Interviewers report to Scholarships Chairs and assess Alumni Scholarship applicants for the academic year.


Volunteers must:

  • Be UC Berkeley alumni
  • Not be a direct relation to any Alumni Scholars Program applicant
  • Complete an Interview Orientation (online orientation for virtual interviewers is typically provided the day of interview event)
  • Commit to a minimum of approximately 4 hours (which includes an orientation plus approximately 4 interviews)
  • Be in good standing with the Cal Alumni Association

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