The Academic Advancement Program (AAP) will be awarding scholarships to AAP students for the 2020-21 academic year. The average scholarship award is $5,000.  We’re working on final selections now. The scholarship awardees will be announced during Summer Session – at the end of July.


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 2019 Fall Quarter are eligible to apply. To receive the scholarship, you must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate during the entire 2020-2021 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 Friday, January 31, 2020[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 3rd from 5-6pm and Wednesday, January 8th 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

An increasing number of college students are reporting that mental health issues – often anxiety, depression or both – affect their academic work.  As these reports increase, demands on campus services such as counseling centers, will likely continue to grow. Do you feel the need to address student’s mental health issues are responsibility of the student, university, or both.  Please explain.

Question 2 – UCLA Common Experience

There goes the Neighborhood, a podcast ( has been selected for 2019-2020.  There Goes the Neighborhood, a podcast about gentrification in Los Angeles (Season 2 of the podcast is a collaboration between WNYC and KCRW, with a focus on Los Angeles), lends itself to several important and timely conversations about the city, the arts,  racial and ethnic demographics, small business development and urban America, among other themes.

What role do you think universities play in gentrification (See definition of gentrification below for those who may be unfamiliar with the word) of various “college towns” or neighborhoods.

Gentrification Definition: Gentrification is a general term used to describe the influx of new people moving into an existing urban district. The effects of this can include, but are not limited to: increase in rent and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture.

[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.