UCI Scholarship Challenge



Anteaters are always up for a challenge

UCI continually strives to be accessible for everybody. In this light, we have an exciting opportunity here at home to raise $50,000 before the end of the year to fund scholarships for deserving students in our Santa Ana Partners Program.  These students, who come from some of the poorest communities in our region, have worked hard and have overcome significant personal and financial obstacles in order to excel in college.

The Santa Ana Partners Program is part of an “Award for Innovation,” gifting UCI $1 million in endowment funding which will support scholarships in the future – but we need help from our UCI community to demonstrate our commitment to making education accessible for all students.

As part of the Anteater family, these students need you to accept the Challenge and make a gift, of any size, before December 31.  With you by our side, we can turn potential into opportunity and help provide the UCI experience for a new generation of Anteaters while making a meaningful impact on our communities.

We're already No.1

This past September, The New York Times named UCI No. 1 among U.S. universities that do the most for low-income students. UCI is proud of its reputation for offering greater access to a high quality education at a prestigious top 10 ranked research university, especially for first generation and low-income students. 

  • This year, more than half of incoming freshman are the first in their families to pursue a four-year degree and more than a third are from low-income families.  
  • More than 70% of students enrolled at UCI receive some form of financial aid.
  • Less than 10% of UCI’s budget comes from the state of California (The rest comes from tuition and private support from people like you!).

Our impact in the community

We are committed to creating opportunities, especially here at home. At the Anteater Academy at Valley High School in Santa Ana, seventy-three students in the academy's first graduating class were admitted to four-year universities, including UCI – a 95 percent success rate. This four-year college prep program is designed to help students at poor-performing high schools achieve their educational goals and create a college-going culture among teens with the potential to succeed in school but who lack resources or support.

The video below is a feature on our Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). Established in 1976, EAOP was developed to increase number of students who have the opportunity to achieve a postsecondary education. Through a series of educational partnerships between school districts, school sites, and community organizations, EAOP designs, develops, and implements academic enrichment strategies to increase the college going rates of the schools it serves.


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Commit to help all talented students, regardless of their background, succeed. Rise to the challenge and make a gift to scholarships today!

Chancellor Gillman

Chancellor GIllman

"To be academically elite is one thing; to ensure that all of the most talented and promising students – including those from low-income backgrounds or who are the first in their family to attend college – can benefit from this excellence is a tremendous accomplishment and an exemplar for the future of higher education in the United States."