Invitations to Apply for UC Alumni Scholarships

If you receive an invitation to apply for alumni scholarships, know that the alumni associations obtain the contact information and general profile of applicants from the admissions office and send out invitations based on criteria the alumni associations determined to reflect the type of students they want for the scholarships (occasionally the invitations will go out to all applicants; the invited pools seem to get adjusted every year). The process is separate from admission evaluation as the alumni associations are different entities (typically they are set up as a nonprofit loosely affiliated with the university).

While students who receive an invitation tend to be high achieving students (therefore more likely to be admitted), getting an invitation is not indicative of your admission status (because the admissions office generally does NOT share admission decisions with the alumni associations at the scholarship application stage of the process and the alumni associations do NOT have any influence over admission evaluation; some UCs have adjusted their process so the scholarship award timeline match the admission decision release timeline, but that is a synchronization of two independent processes and should not be confused as the same process). Keep in mind that you may apply for the scholarships regardless of whether you received an invitation (most alumni scholarships that require a separate application will allow all applicants who meet the scholarship requirements to apply).

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February 18, 2022 at 8:21 pm

It looks like a whole new batch of people got a reminder to apply for the UCLA Alumni scholarships. I presume this is less significant than the invites that went out previously. Or is the invitation equally good indicator of competitiveness regardless of timing.

Ms. Sunreply
February 19, 2022 at 11:40 am
– In reply to: HG

According to 10s4life on College Confidential, the second email goes out to everyone (what this guy usually says on the forum and what he described for the alumni scholarship process generally matched my experience when I did scholarship app reviews eons ago).

March 14, 2022 at 12:11 am

So I got the first email on January 10 from UCLA inviting me to apply for the Alumni Scholarships and the second email on Feb 18 as well. So according to what I’ve read the first email is sent to top applicants and although it is not a sign of admission, it means your chances of admission are higher correct. In the link that u put about replying to the other comment here it says that there is a positive correlation of about 60% (probably lower now) between getting the first email and eventually getting in. Does this mean that about 60% of all people who received that first email got in, or does it mean 60% of those who were admitted into UCLA got that first email? Please let me know, thank you!

Ms. Sunreply
March 14, 2022 at 2:50 pm
– In reply to: Alena

There is a slight positive correlation for the first email. The information I cited came from someone who is more recently involved in the scholarship application review/interview and generally tracks with what I knew when I did it (more than seven or eight years ago). But I have no idea where or how the person came up with that information or the capacity of the individual (an alumni volunteer or someone who works in the Alumni Association or the admissions office); if you want to know more, follow the link and contact that person directly.

April 14, 2022 at 9:21 am

My son got an email from Cal Alumni encouraging him to apply. Two questions: did this email go out to everyone, and will the alumni readers have copies of my son’s PIQs? I know at least one of them was about leadership, and he doesn’t want to send them something similar to what they may already have. Thanks!

Ms. Sunreply
April 15, 2022 at 6:41 am
– In reply to: JT

I don’t think so. No.

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