Since 1936, UCLA has supported new generations of Bruins through scholarships. The Alumni Scholarships Program is leading the charge by providing support at the bookends of the UCLA experience.


The UCLA Alumni Scholarships Program facilitates the awarding of over $1.5 million in scholarships on behalf of our many generous alumni networks and donors annually. One of the few merit-based leadership scholarships available to new incoming students, the Alumni Scholars enter UCLA ready to make a direct impact on campus.

While most scholarships are for new incoming students, the Alumni Scholarships Program has a special award open to all UCLA seniors who have excelled inside and outside of the classroom and are poised to make positive and dynamic change in the world. Known as the True Bruin Distinguished Senior Award, this recognition comes with a $5,000 scholarship.

Like all Alumni scholarships, this award depends on alumni support to read and score applications and interview finalists. Following application review, alumni volunteers join the top 20 finalists on campus every fall for round table interviews followed by a luncheon honoring all finalists and their achievements. During the interviews, finalists are asked to reflect not only on their achievements at UCLA, but also how their education has prepared them to tackle real world challenges. This year, alumni designated 10 students as winners of the award and $5,000 scholarship.

Winners are recognized on the UCLA Alumni website and in the commencement issue of the Daily Bruin, and are given special stoles to designate them at UCLA commencement.

If you would like to volunteer to read applications and hear the stories of these incredible students or would like to participate as a volunteer during other scholarship selection programs including freshman, transfer student, or the Lew & Edie Wasserman Grant application for needs-based funding, you can sign up here.

 Are you the parent or family member of a current third year? The application for True Bruin Distinguished Senior Award for the Class of 2019 will open this summer. We invite you to encourage your student to apply for this opportunity. The application will be available here.

The 2018 True Bruin Distinguished Seniors are:

Zoe Borden
International Development Studies
Career goal: I plan to pursue a career in public policy after I attend law school.

David Brik
Economics
 Career goal: I would like to be a leader in the music industry.

Manjari Daniel
Neuroscience
 Career goal: I would like to attend medical school with the goal of obtaining a residency in surgery. I am also interested in M.D./Ph.D dual degree programs due to a deep personal interest in neurological and psychiatric research.

Lauren Henning
Acting
Career goal: I want to change the world through theater.

Christian Kramme
Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
Career goal: I aim to obtain a Ph.D in Genetic Engineering and work as a Research Scientist for a Government Lab such as the CDC or WHO.

Carolanne Link
Statistics
Career goal: I hope to use my education to improve the lives of disabled individuals.

Olamide Olowe
Psychobiology
Career goal: I will continue to expand my skin care start-up, then attend an MBA program.

Apurva Panse
Computer Science
Career goal: I want to use technology to bridge educational inequalities.

Rafael Sands
Business Economics
Career goal: I am interested in Public Service, Higher Education Administration and Management/Strategy Consulting

Gabriel Urreola
Biology
Career goal: I seek to earn a dual M.D./MPH to practice medicine and combat systemic disadvantages in the current health care system.


As the supporter of a current Bruin, you’re a member of our Parent and Family Association. Your membership supports a variety of student and family support programs, including Alumni Scholarships, and gives you many benefits and opportunities. Amplify your impact and gain exclusive access to events and resources by becoming a Blue or Gold Member.