This is a project of the faculty members of the University of Berkeley that started in 2000. It acknowledges intellectual students that are thriving amidst challenging situations in the state of California. A committee composed of university faculty members selects and awards the scholarship to winning candidates every year.

What is it?

  • The Cal Opportunity Scholarship is a respected academic program in the University of Berkeley that is awarded based on both merit and financial need.1
  • The program has established partnerships with 17 of the most disadvantaged high schools in the San Francisco Bay area with a promise of full scholarship support.
  • Scholars can renew the grant providing that a good academic standing is maintained through the duration of their university education.

Who is eligible?

Incoming freshmen at the University of Berkeley that:

  • Graduated from a partner secondary educational institution.
  • Has financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Finished High School with good academic standing.

How much aid is available?

The Cal Opportunity Scholarship awards an annual full financial aid package to its deserving scholars and can average as high as $10,000. It can extend up to eight semesters granting compliance to the scholarship requirements and should not exceed the undergraduate student’s budget.

How do I apply?

The College Admission Application form and FAFSA is enough to consider a student for the scholarship, as there is no separate application for it. Compliance with the eligibility requirements automatically applies the student for the scholarship.

Where do I get an application?

The Undergraduate Scholarships, Prizes, and Honors Office of the University will notify considered candidates personally. Each scholar will have an assigned faculty sponsor that will serve as mentors during their stay with the institution.

Is there a deadline?

The committee ends the selection process every 2nd of March and scholars will be notified in April.


  1. Source: UC Berkeley’s Cal Opportunity Scholarship []

Last updated: April 20, 2012 by & filed under College Scholarships

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