Student Scholarships & Grants

Kresge Undergraduate Research Mentorship

  • Up to three $1,000 grants awarded annually
  • $500 to pay for work of undergraduate, $500 for faculty’s research/travel needs
  • Proposal must indicate substantial collaboration of undergraduate student in the research
  • We encourage applications for support of ongoing research projects, as well as new projects

Kresge’s Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program is for Kresge students, who are paired with a faculty member to work up to eight hours a week as paid research apprentices on the faculty member's research.

The purpose of the program is to inspire and prepare Kresge students to pursue graduate studies/research upon graduation from UCSC. It is designed to provide research experience and personal and professional development. Kresge Fellows can nominate a student whose work they are familiar with and whose interests are similar to their own area of research and expertise. As part of their mentorship, students will be employed as Research Assistants up to a maximum of $500 for the school year. Tasks can include writing summaries of readings, library research, photocopying, organizing materials, creating annotated bibliographies, and assisting with the organization of conferences and workshops. Faculty participants provide students with academic and professional guidance, advice about the process of applying to graduate schools, and serve as their mentors.

Fall 2019 application instructions

Please submit to the following information in support of your proposal by December 6, 2019:

  1. department affiliation(s)
  2. an abstract about the faculty research project
  3. detailed description of student's collaborative role 
  4. name of student collaborator
  5. a brief statement of support form your faculty member

Please note: This mentorship opportunity is not meant to support students' independent research projects, but to support them as they work with faculty on faculty research projects. Students seeking support for their own research should consider the Kresge College Independent and Collaborative Student Project Funds (see below).

Kresge Student Projects

Kresge College offers annual support for a limited number of undergraduate Kresge student projects. Several project types are eligible for consideration: 1) scholarly research; 2) creative and performance work; and 3) public events or similar projects that make substantive contributions to community solidarity, or to social, political, or environmental awareness. Please see the links below for guidelines, information on eligibility and the application:

Registered student organizations should seek funding from the Funding Bodies through Student Organization Advising & Resources (SOAR). 

Proposals will be accepted only from registered undergraduate students affiliated with Kresge College. Funding can be partial, matching, or full. Awards are granted based on the merit of the proposed project and the expected benefit of the project to the college and/or university community. An effort will be made to maximize the number of students who may benefit from these limited funds.

Proposals will be evaluated for funding two times during the academic year.  Deadlines are November 14th and February 14th. Applications must be emailed to the College Academic Programs Officer or turned in to the Kresge College Office (Attn: CAPC) by 4pm of the deadline.

Please direct any questions about the proposal and award process to College Academic Programs Coordinator Labris Willendorf at

For additional information on undergraduate funding opportunities at UCSC, please see the Arts Division website. Please also consider campus-wide undergraduate research opportunities.


The Reyna Grande Scholarship is awarded annually to an enrolled student at Kresge College with a proposed creative project, either in an Arts Division department or in the Creative Writing Program is intended to advance the standing and visibility of Latinx culture and history. The scholarship recipient’s proposed work might promote positive outcomes for Latinx communities, challenge established narratives about, or otherwise strengthen dialogue about or around Latinx identity. Learn more here.

The Carol H. Bennett Scholarship was established in the name of Carol Hope Bennett, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett. The scholarship provides educational support for Kresge students who have financial need, including but not limited to emergency situations. Students who filed a FAFSA (financial aid application) will be considered on the basis of need by the Financial Aid office. It is admininstered by financial aid.

The David Wayne Christenson Scholarship honors Kresge and Cowell College students with demonstrated public service to the university, high academic merit, and documented financial need. One to two Kresge Students are selected each year.

Should a student have a financial emergency or crisis situation, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 201 Hahn Students Services, or call them at 831-459-2963.