UC Berkeley Extension offers a limited number of scholarships, each covering tuition up to $1,000, that can be applied toward enrolling in one or more spring 2020 courses. 

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Have registered for a UC Berkeley Extension certificate program or a specialized program of study on or after July 1, 2016
  • Have completed at least two courses in the curriculum since July 1, 2016
  • Earned a grade of B+ or higher in each UC Berkeley Extension course taken since July 1, 2016

Students who were previously awarded this scholarship are not eligible to reapply.

How to Apply

  • Complete the online application form. Applications will be accepted starting Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
  • In the online application, you will be asked to answer the following questions:
    • Reason for Application: In 500 characters or less, briefly describe the reason you are applying for the scholarship.
    • Statement of Personal or Professional Goals: In 1,500 characters or less, please describe how the UC Berkeley Extension program will help you attain your personal and/or professional goals.
  • Submit a Professional or Academic Letter of Recommendation: In support of your abilities and personal and/or professional goals, please request that a professional or academic colleague (such as a supervisor, manager or recent instructor) directly email a letter of recommendation to teach-extension@berkeley.edu. Please ask your recommender to include your name and "recommendation" in the email subject line and to include his or her professional or academic association to you in the body of the letter. Acceptable formats for the recommendation letter are MS Word or PDF.

Application Deadline

Your online application and the professional or academic letter of recommendation must be received by 5 pm (PST) on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.

Our scholarship recipients will be notified individually by Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.

Questions? Contact UC Berkeley Extension's Center for Instructional Excellence by emailing teach-extension@berkeley.edu or calling (510) 643-7582.

Some of Our Past Scholarship Winners

Sera Balenagasau

Certificate Program in Facilities Management

When Sera Balenagasau enters a room, you know it. She has a kindly demeanor and her voice rolls with a gentle cadence, but Sera has a way of grabbing and keeping your attention. You can tell that Sera's story is important to her, and more than that, it's important to share it to inspire others. Read more of her story.

Rucha Chattur

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts

Walking into the art room as a sixth grader, Rucha Chattur was enraptured by the colorful scene that met her eyes: the brilliant paint bottles, the scatter of brushes and the bright paintings hanging on every wall. Read more of her story.

Raul Acosta

Certificate Program in Financial Planning and Analysis

I’m an international student from El Salvador who has been studying business.Before coming to UC Berkeley Extension, I finished my bachelor’s degree in business administration at Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas . Then I did two certificates—one in business and another in marketing. Read more of his story.

Michele Davis

Certificate Program in Human Resource Management

While Michele Davis may have transitioned from a profession in sales to one in human resources, the talents to be a successful and respected HR practitioner come easily to her. Read more of her story.

Lisa Jacquiot

Professional Program in User Experience (UX) Design

We recently had the opportunity to visit Extension student and product specialist Lisa Jacquiot. During our conversation, she talked about her background, her educational goals and what she hopes to achieve with her studies in the UX program. Read more of her story.

Kaitlyn Yates

Certificate Program in Project Management

During her time in Nepal, Kaitlyn Yates worked with a nonprofit on soil sustainability and kiwi production. Thinking that her time there would be spent mostly on the technical agriculture work needed, Kaitlyn unexpectedly found herself filling a much-needed but very vacant project management role. Read more of her story.

Sadia Saif

Certificate Program in Human Resource Management

When Sadia Saif relocated to the U.S. from her native Pakistan in 2007, she was in the midst of earning her M.B.A. from Bahria University. Moving to the Bay Area for personal reasons, Saif was unable to continue her studies and elected to stay at home with her children. Six years later, Saif was ready to re-enter the working world—but did she want to finish her M.B.A.? Read more of her story.

Aisa Valenzuela

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing

It takes a leap of faith to follow your passions—especially when you're an undergrad and have to declare a major. Do you start your academic journey to be the next Pulitzer Prize—winning author? Or, do you take a more practical route and take general business courses to land that first job? For Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing graduate with distinction, Aisa Valenzuela, she opted for the latter: studying IT in college but never ignoring her desire to write. Read more of her story.

Colin Fyfe

Calculating statistical data can be a lonely business. Poring through numbers to prove causes and correlations as a psychological-health researcher at UCSF and UC Berkeley, Colin Fyfe began to miss the one-on-one communication that is part and parcel of counseling. Reminiscing on his previous experience and B.A. in psychology from Cal—focusing on safe-sex opportunities and sex-positive alternatives in the LGBTQ community—Fyfe wanted to re-invigorate himself and move to a career that was more enriching. Read more of his story.