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Learn more about UC San Diego's Chancellor's Associates Scholars program.

What is CASP?

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In 2013, Chancellor Pradeep Khosla created a new undergraduate scholarship program, the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars, to recognize and support local, high-achieving, and talented students who:

  • Have been admitted to UC San Diego
  • Are California residents
  • Have demonstrated financial need and family incomes of $80,000 or less

The Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program (CASP) was created to accompany the scholarship and to support admitted scholars throughout their time at UC San Diego. The program represents UC San Diego's full commitment to support and develop scholars through graduation; it provides a wide range of services and opportunities to ensure that they thrive as UC San Diego undergraduate students, and are fully engaged in academics, student life, and university experiences.

Our mission statement

Through scholarship funding, services and programs, the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship Program recognizes and supports talented local students with financial need and great potential and motivation to academically succeed at UC San Diego.

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The award

  • Freshmen: $10,000 per year, up to 4 years
  • Transfers: $10,000 per year, up to 2 years

Benefits during scholarship tenure

  • Summer transition program
  • Critical thinking seminar course
  • Leadership development and communication training opportunities
  • Individualized financial aid and academic counseling
  • Career and graduate school advising
  • Guaranteed university housing (provided housing deadlines are met)
  • Faculty and peer mentoring
  • Priority enrollment, beginning winter quarter of enrollment
  • And much more!

Application

  • The UC Application serves as the scholarship application
  • Visit admissions.ucsd.edu for more information about applying to UC San Diego

Our partners

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Campus partners

The Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program resides in Student Affairs and rely on the partnership and support of several Student Affairs units, including:

  • Academic Enrichment Programs
  • Center for Student Involvement (CSI) 
  • Campus Community Centers
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships Office
  • Housing*Dining*Hospitality
  • Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS)
  • Student Veteran's Resource Center
  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Undocumented Student Services Center
  • The retention program also works closely with campus partners in the Six Undergraduate Colleges; the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and the Jacobs School of Engineering.

School and community partners

UC San Diego is committed to our local community and to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. With the support of donors and the university, these scholarships will strengthen efforts to enroll highly qualified local students who will become future leaders and innovators in the region and state. Locally, the program serves students from the partnership high schools listed below, as well as selected eligible students from partnering community colleges. 

These partners were selected because they serve and work with historically underserved communities that embrace principles of access, equity, and diversity in higher education similar to UC San Diego.

The Preuss School UCSD, Lincoln High School, Gompers Preparatory Academy

Awarded to graduates of the Preuss School UCSD, Gompers Preparatory Academy, and Lincoln High School (UCSD CREATE Partnership High Schools) who have been admitted to UCSD as entering freshmen and meet requirements for the UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Program (California residents with total family income of $80,000 or less, with financial need).

Registered members of federally recognized tribes

Awarded to entering freshman and transfer students from San Diego and Imperial Counties who are registered (enrolled) members of federally recognized tribes, admitted to UCSD, and meet requirements for the UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Program (California residents with total family income of $80,000 or less, with financial need).

Reality Changers

Awarded to members of Reality Changers who participated in UCSD Academic Connections, who have been admitted to UCSD as freshmen, and meet requirements for the UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Program(California residents with total family income of $80,000 or less, with financial need).

San Diego City College, Imperial Valley College, Southwestern College

Awarded to selected students from admitted students from San Diego City College, Imperial Valley College or Southwestern College that meet requirements for the UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Program (California residents with total family income of $80,000 or less, with financial need). Additional criteria includes, but is not limited to:

  • Academic promise and a commitment to obtaining a baccalaureate degree
  • First-generation student
  • Perseverance through difficult life circumstances, an orphan or a foster child, a parent with dependent children, a re-entry student, or a veteran of the Armed Forces of the U.S.

Others

The scholarship is also available to select high-achieving resident students statewide in California.  

Eligibility and determination is administered through the Financial Aid & Scholarships office. 

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