The Academic Advancement Program (AAP) will be awarding scholarships to AAP students for the 2022-23 academic year. The average scholarship award ranges from $1,500 to $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 2021 Fall Quarter are eligible to apply. To receive the scholarship, you must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate during the entire 2022-2023 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 Monday, January 31, 2022[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 (maximum of 4,000 characters) 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 (maximum of 4,800 characters) 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 Workshop.  AAP staff, the chair of the AAP Scholarship committee and UCLA First Year Experience representatives will present information workshops. The workshop will be held on Thursday, January 6 from 4-5pm via Zoom . Please email Fatiha Qureshi at for Zoom link.  Students will receive important information about the online application process, letter of recommendation, personal statement and essay.

Question 1 – Current Events

Much of daily life has been impacted by the coronavirus. Virtual learning is the norm at many colleges, many extracurricular activities have vanished and social lives have stalled for students complying with measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Given our current situation, how has the pandemic changed your outlook on life and the future? Furthermore, how are you making the most of the opportunities that do exist to help you complete your college education and pursue your career goals?

Question 2 – UCLA Common Experience

The Social Dilemma, a Netflix documentary, has been selected as the UCLA Common Experience title for the 2021-2022 academic year for its hard-hitting exploration of social media exploitation. This year’s Common Experience theme is The Impact of Technology: Identity, Media, & Society.

Discrimination dilemma (algorithmic bias and the amplification of hate), is one of the dilemmas addressed in the documentary. Algorithms are not equipped to detect hate speech and the data harnessed by our online activity is used by institutions in ways that can harm and discriminate against marginalized communities. Do you think algorithms that prioritize outrageous and divisive content amplify hate toward BIPOC groups? What should be done?

[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 email her at