This fall will be the first time in UC San Diego history that the campus will offer prospective high-merit student-athletes athletic scholarships significant enough to help cover tuition and educational costs. The scholarships will be funded by fees from a 2007 Associated Students referendum, with additional private support from alumni, families and friends.
UCSD is the only school in its conference that has not, up to this point, awarded or raised funds for merit-based athletic scholarships. The change, which was approved by the Academic Senate Council during the 2013-14 academic year, will help make UCSD more affordable to student-athletes from all backgrounds, including those from low-income families who come from underserved regions.
The new scholarships will also help UCSD Athletics remain competitive with other UC campuses, as well as competitor schools in NCAA Division II, which provide athletic scholarships to attract top students.
Athletic Director Earl W. Edwards said, “UC San Diego Athletics has a tradition of athletic and academic excellence. This tradition will only be bolstered by athletic scholarships.”
To keep their scholarship funding, student-athletes will be required to maintain a GPA of 2.6 or better. To learn more about making a gift to a team scholarship, call (858) 534-3540.