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Evaluate Scholarship Applications

Make a tangible impact for future Cal leaders by reading and scoring undergraduate scholarship applications. Our scholarship readings are completely virtual — contribute from the comfort of your own home using our online portal.

Virtual application readings are an opportunity that allows you to engage with the Cal community regardless of your proximity to campus. Virtual application readers will receive all training materials and scholarship applications electronically. A step-by-step tutorial will explain the evaluation process. Each virtual reader will be assigned approximately 10 – 15 applications to review (exact number varies depending on the volume of volunteers for each event). While the completion time for these reviews varies from reader to reader, most volunteers find that completing an online reading takes 2–3 hours total. Please note that virtual readers can work on their evaluations in as many sittings as they wish.

Virtual reading events begin annually in May. Additional virtual reading events may be added depending on volume of applications received.

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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

Application readers evaluate and score scholarship applications submitted for the academic year and report to the Alumni Scholarships team.


Volunteers must:

  • Be UC Berkeley alumni
  • Not be a direct relation to any Alumni Scholarships applicant
  • Complete an Application Reading Orientation (provided via online tutorial for virtual readers or the day of reading events)
  • Commit to a minimum of 2 hours to review applications online
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