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Since 1934, The Leadership Award has recognized and supported Cal student leaders who demonstrate innovative and motivational leadership in their academic, work, or community environments.

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Leadership Award Scholars are acknowledged for their outstanding, innovative, and motivational leadership in their academic, work, and community environments. They are involved in student government, outreach and mentorship programs, scholastic clubs and spirit groups. They rally others to become involved in the issues of the day – political, environmental, health, housing and more.

Leadership Award Scholars receive one-year scholarships in the amount of $2,000. Approximately 750 new and continuing students receive The Leadership Award each academic year. With more than 15,000 alumni scholars since its inception, The Leadership Award is the largest non-academic scholarship on campus.

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Your gift to The Leadership Award directly supports the leaders of tomorrow by giving them access to UC Berkeley — the crown jewel of public education.

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Our Scholars Thank You

  • “Thank you for supporting the growth that I've made as a leader in my years at Berkeley thus far. It is enormously gratifying to think on how much this campus has shaped my ability to lead, and receiving this scholarship is even further motivation to continue not only my own growth, but also to help nurture more rising leaders on Cal's campus.”

  • “I greatly appreciate your support, because it will help me as I begin my journey in college and work towards achieving and developing my life goals. The Leadership Award will not only make the cost of college tuition more manageable for my family and I, but it will also encourage me to continue working and acting as a leader in my community in college.”

  • “Thanks to The Leadership Award, attending the world's greatest public institution has been placed within my reach. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to study environmental science at Berkeley without going into debt.”

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