The Academic Advancement Program (AAP) will be awarding scholarships to AAP students for the 2019-20 academic year. The average scholarship award is $5,000.


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 2018 Fall Quarter are eligible to apply. To receive the scholarship, you must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate during the entire 2019-2020 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.


Your application and all supporting materials must be submitted via MyUCLA by Thursday, January 31, 2019[1] 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 4 from 5-6pm and Wednesday, January 9 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

There have been a number of high profile tragedies surrounding the use of guns that have caused many organizations to create active shooter trainings for employees, students, and others. What do you think can be done to reduce or eliminate gun violence in our country? Who do you think should be the lead advocate for this issue?

Question 2 – UCLA Principles of Community

The Line Becomes a River has been selected as the 2018-2019 UCLA Common Book.

The Line Becomes a River dispatches from the border between the United States and Mexico, and shares insights into what story is behind each migrant and Border Patrol agent. Author Francisco Cantú is able to talk about this divisive matter as a five-year Border Patrol agent, but also as the grandson of Mexican immigrants who crossed the border generations ago.

“[T]he reality of the border is one of enforcement. I might not agree with every aspect of U.S. border policy, but there is power in understanding the realities it creates. Maybe after three or four years I’ll go back to school to study law, maybe I’ll work to shape new policies. If I become an immigration lawyer or a policy maker, imagine the unique knowledge I’ll bring.” Thus Cantú explains his decision to join the Border Patrol. He also says, “At least if I’m the one apprehending [border crossers], I can offer them some small comfort by speaking with them in their own language, by talking to them with knowledge of their home.” What do you think of these motivations? In retrospect, do they seem naive or overly idealistic? How are Cantú’s hopes and expectations changed by his experience?


[1] 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 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.