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Important Updates

Emil M. Mrak Student Award

The Emil M. Mrak Student Award is an excellent opportunity for College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students who may need additional financial aid. This award was previously a loan program and in recent years has transitioned to a traditional award that we are excited to offer students.
To be eligible, students must:


The former Emil M. Mrak Student Loan Program has been discontinued and is no longer accepting new applications. For questions regarding other available loan options, please refer to our loan section. Borrowers currently in repayment can contact Heartland ECSI with repayment questions or concerns. Questions about the Emil M. Mrak Student Award and the former loan program can be sent to

  • Be a sophomore or greater in select majors within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, or a graduate student in an agricultural-related field of study
  • Be currently enrolled, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be in good academic standing
  • Plan to pursue a career that will contribute to agricultural industries
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident

Award Specifics

Students may apply annually, with graduating seniors ineligible to receive the award unless they are continuing on to a graduate program at UC Davis. The amount of the awards vary each year, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, and are determined by the awards committee.

Application Process

Students who meet the criteria will be sent an email each spring informing them of their eligibility and how to apply. Once all applications are received, staff will review applications and will contact students if they are selected for an interview. If you are selected as an award recipient, your award will be available on your MyAwards for you to acknowledge.

The application process opens during the spring quarter of each academic year and awards are applied to student accounts in the fall of the next academic year.

Visit Important Dates to review student accounting deadlines.