Nick Orton MBA ’16 and Katie Pickrell MBA ’16 had a wonderful experience in the Haas MBA program, and decided early in their careers to give back to the Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship Fund so that other students, like Jonathan Tiscareno ’20, can enjoy the opportunity of a Cal education.

Support for Students Promotes Access, Diversity, and Merit 

By providing students with the life-changing gift of education, your support ensures that Berkeley’s tradition of being a beacon of access to academic excellence continues. Thanks to donors like you, $41.9 million in privately funded undergraduate scholarships were offered in 2015–16, supporting 6,000 recipients.


Merit-based scholarship programs ensure that Berkeley continues to attract the most sought-after students in the world. For example, the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship, Berkeley’s most prestigious scholarship program for undergraduates, helps shape students into leading global citizens. Recent scholars have served in such notable positions as student regent on the University of California Board of Regents, president of the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), and editor-in-chief of The Daily Californian.


Diversity-focused scholarship programs are designed to maintain and enhance Berkeley as a vibrant place to live and learn. One such program, the Fiat Lux Scholarship, benefits high-achieving, underrepresented students from low-income communities in California. Fiat Lux scholars boast a track record of public service and receive comprehensive support services including advising, faculty mentorship, community service, and peer support.


A variety of scholarship programs are available to make Berkeley an affordable option to admitted students. For example, 2,500 undergraduates each year receive scholarships through the campus’ largest scholarship fund, the Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship. The new Dream Act Scholarship Fund provides hope to undocumented students who have excelled against great odds and otherwise lack access to many forms of support. The Middle Class Access Plan is an innovative program to help middle-income families afford the high cost of an undergraduate degree.