April 15, 2022

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The following is being sent on behalf of Michael Miller, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to ask for your continued assistance in sharing information on national scholarship opportunities for UCSB’s top undergraduate students, in all colleges. In particular, we wish to highlight the following upcoming events:

UCSB National Scholarships General Info Session & Workshop
Tuesday, May 10, 2 PM PDT
Join virtually: Zoom Meeting Link
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Learn what defines a nationally competitive scholarship, hear from recent undergrad recipients on their experience applying, and get tips for successful merit-based scholarship applications.

Fulbright Scholarship Information Session
Monday, April 25, 12 PM Pacific Time (3 PM Eastern Time)
Registration: https://apply.iie.org/register/GPS4.25.22
Learn about the many exciting opportunities for study and teaching that Fulbright offers to recent graduates around the world.

Schwarzman Scholars (Tsinghua University) Info Session for UCSB
Thursday, May 12, 2 PM - 3 PM PDT
Registration: https://slate.to/9HlXtj6x
Learn about the Schwarzman Scholars Program, which seeks the world’s next generation of leaders with open minds and limitless potential who will serve to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world. 

Knight-Hennessy Scholarship (Stanford University) Info Session for UCSB
Tuesday, May 17, 2 PM PDT
Registration: https://stanford.io/3uusDL3
Learn about the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, where students participate in the King Global Leadership Program and receive up to three years of financial support to pursue a graduate degree program in any of Stanford’s seven graduate schools.

Faculty participation has always been essential to our students’ success in national scholarship competitions, but it is even more critical as we emerge out of a pandemic where our students have faced increased challenges in connecting with potential mentors and participating in campus research and activities. We hope that you will continue to ask members of your department to review these unique scholarships and fellowships, and encourage our most outstanding and qualified students to apply.

Faculty efforts in identifying and supporting stellar applicants were critical in UCSB's success in recent competitions, with two Goldwater recipients and a Churchill recipient last year (2020-21), and another two Goldwater recipients and a Strauss recipient this year (2021-22). All recent recipients of nationally competitive scholarships can be found on our website.

We invite faculty with interest in taking a more active role in our campus selection process to write to Associate Dean Xiaojian Zhao <xiaojian@ucsb.edu>, chair of the selection committee, to inquire regarding potential service.

Nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships of note with deadlines in the coming year include:

Our successes have taught us that competitive applications require months of preparation, so it is critical for students to plan far in advance. Xaiojian Zhao, Associate Dean and Chair of the National Scholarships Faculty Selection Committee, and Nick Alward-Saxon, Executive Assistant to the AVC, assist in coordinating campus endorsements and can provide guidance to applicants.

Students who are interested in applying for a national scholarship should make an appointment to see Nick or Xiaojian by writing to: scholarships@ltsc.ucsb.edu

For detailed information on the many nationally competitive scholarships that require campus endorsement, see our website: http://duels.ucsb.edu/academics/scholarships/endorsement

We look forward to working with you and helping our students to achieve even greater success in national scholarship competitions.


Michael Miller
Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education, College of Letters & Science
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education

Glenn Beltz
Associate Dean
College of Engineering

Gerardo Aldana
College of Creative Studies