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Prestigious Scholarships


Scott Palmer
Scott Palmer

Welcome to the UC Davis Prestigious Scholarships site! My name is Scott Palmer and I am the Prestigious Scholarship Advisor for the campus. I joined UC Davis in August 2013 and have had the privilege of working with many extraordinary students on nationally and internationally competitive awards.

Our office currently works with 31 scholarship programs. Most of the programs are for current undergraduates or recent alumni, while a limited number are for current graduate students. 

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UC Davis has been recognized as a Top Producer for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and a Top producer of Gilman Scholars for the first 20 years of the program!

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As you explore our website you will find the following:

  • National Scholarships – Information about 17 scholarship programs that fund recipients’ studies in the U.S.  These programs fund undergraduate and graduate experiences including scientific research, public service projects, environmental focus, and entry to the U.S. Foreign Service.
  • International Scholarships – Information about 14 scholarship programs that fund recipients to spend time abroad.  These programs fund undergraduate and graduate experiences and cover cultural diplomacy, language acquisition, independent research, and graduate degrees.
  • Four-Year Plan – Interested in applying to prestigious scholarships, but not sure where this fits into your academic plans?  Our office has put this resource together to highlight programs you can apply for each academic year along with opportunities you may wish to consider to build experience and develop your skills.
  • Recipients – Check our list of many fellow UC Davis students who are prestigious scholarship recipients and finalists!

Excited about these amazing scholarship opportunities? I invite you to schedule advising with me to discuss them further. Email me your availability, CV/resume, and a list of scholarship(s) you would like to discuss to schedule advising. You could be the next UC Davis prestigious scholar! I look forward to working with you on your applications!