GENERAL INFORMATION

The Academic Advancement Program (AAP) will be awarding scholarships to AAP students for the 2018-19 academic year. The average scholarship award is $5,000.

ELIGIBILITY: All AAP students who have completed 36 units, have not exceed 150 units at the college or university level, and who have a minimum cumulative UCLA GPA of 2.75 or better by the end of the 2017 Fall Quarter are eligible to apply. To receive the scholarship, you must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate during the entire 2018-2019 academic year and apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA or the Dream Application*.
If you currently have a multi-year scholarship it may render you ineligible for an AAP scholarship. Please check with the Financial Aid Office before applying.

INSTRUCTIONS: Your application and all supporting materials must be submitted via MyUCLA by Wednesday, January 31, 2018  since no late or incomplete applications will be accepted. A completed application includes:

1.    Career Goals/Interest: Select at least one item from the list of career goals/interests.

2. Personal Statement: Describe in 350-500 words why you should be chosen for an AAP Scholarship and include any personal challenges, obstacles, or major event(s) in your life you’ve overcome, if any.

3. Essay: Answer one of the two questions in a 500-600 word essay. Failure to limit the length of your essay will result in a lower score on your application. Note: The essay question counts for over half of your final score. Be sure to proofread, use spell check, and edit your work carefully before adding your essay to the application. You can add your essay to your application at any point before the submission deadline. Remember: the application will not be considered complete until the essay is submitted.

4. Letter of Recommendation: The letter must be from a UCLA instructor (faculty or TA) who appears as the “instructor of record” for a class on your study list (current or past). This enables a copy of your Personal Statement to accompany your request.

AAP Scholarship Application Workshops:  AAP staff, the chair of the AAP Scholarship committee and UCLA Library and Scholarship Resource Center representatives will present information workshops. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 5 from 5-6pm and Wednesday, January 10 from 6-7pm in 1101 Campbell Hall. Students will receive important information about the online application process, letter of recommendation, personal statement and essay.

ESSAY QUESTIONS (choose one):

Question 1 – Current Events

Recently, colleges and universities have had to deal with controversial speakers being invited or disinvited to campus. Hardly a week goes by without a speaker being challenged over free speech which either creates a hostile learning environment or is politically controversial or contrarian. Where should we draw the line between protecting free speech on college campuses and protecting an inclusive learning environment.

Question 2 – UCLA Principles of Community

The Best We Could Do has been selected as the 2017-2018 UCLA Common Book.The Best We Could Do brings to life author Thi Bui’s search for a better future while longing for a simpler past. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family.Author Thi Bui describes her family’s immigration to San Diego, California as refugees during the Vietnam War.  She writes, “I had never, before researching the background of my father’s stories, imagined that these horrible events were connected to my family history” (p. 116). What historical events are tied to your own family history? How and when did you learn about them?  How does your family history shape your identity now?

The online application will not be available until mid-January (after Fall Quarter grades are posted); eligible students will receive a MyUCLA notification. You may work on your supporting materials now and add them to your application at any point after notification of availability and before the submission deadline.

* AB540 students are eligible to apply but must fill out the DREAM application. The DREAM application can be found at http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp. Please visit the Financial Aid Office located at A-129J Murphy Hall for assistance.

For more information, call Fatiha Qureshi at 310/206-1805 or come to 1232 Campbell Hall.