The Luskin School of Public Affairs offers scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing the B.A. in Public Affairs and Luskin minors. These scholarships are intended to support students’ participation in experiential learning, internships, and departmental honors.

The Luskin School of Public Affairs offers the following undergraduate scholarships:

Public Affairs pre-majors and majors, and Luskin minors (when applicable), are encouraged to apply to the Luskin scholarships. Students can access and submit their scholarship applications through the UCLA scholarship portal here.

For questions about the Luskin Undergraduate Scholarships, contact the Director of Student Services for the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program via MyUCLA Message Center.

Llewellyn Eugene Dudley Centennial Undergraduate Scholarship

The Llewellyn Eugene Dudley Centennial Undergraduate Scholarship was established to honor Eugene ‘Gene’ Dudley who “spent his life making the world a better place.” Mr. Dudley dedicated his life to public service, including a 25-year career with the City of Los Angeles, where he worked with the Aging, Community Development and Housing departments.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Must be a current Public Affairs major. Continuing and incoming Transfer Students are eligible to apply.
  • For Spring 2022: Students who have submitted an application to join the Public Affairs major in Spring 2022 are eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA and UCLA Financial Aid Office.
  • Transfer, CA Dream Act, and Visa students are eligible.

AWARD AMOUNT:

  • Up to $2,000

IMPORTANT POLICIES:

  • Priority will be given to new applicants, but past awardees are welcome to apply.
  • In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards may also affect the students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students who are awarded are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

APPLICATION:

  • Complete the Academic Works General Application at UCLA’s scholarship portal (search “Public Affairs”). It is recommended that students complete the Academic Works General Application every year to see all UCLA awards they are eligible for.
  • Write an essay (500 words or less, double-spaced) that tells us about your professional aspirations, intellectual interests, and personal experiences as they relate to your major in Public Affairs. (You should compose your essay and then copy and paste into the application.)

 TIMELINE:

  • To apply, students must submit the application by May 20, 2022 at https://ucla.academicworks.com/ (search “Public Affairs”).
  • Applicants are notified of award status by early July.

Shell Family Centennial Scholarship

The Shell Family Centennial Scholarship was established “to support the education of future leaders, who will undoubtedly work in public service after graduation.”

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Must be a current Public Affairs major. Continuing and incoming Transfer Students are eligible to apply.
  • For Spring 2022: Students who have submitted an application to join the Public Affairs major in Spring 2022 are eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA and UCLA Financial Aid Office.
  • Transfer, CA Dream Act, and Visa students are eligible.

AWARD AMOUNT:

  • Up to $6,000

IMPORTANT POLICIES:

  • Priority will be given to new applicants, but past awardees are welcome to apply.
  • In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards may also affect the students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students who are awarded are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

APPLICATION:

  • Complete the Academic Works General Application at UCLA’s scholarship portal (search “Public Affairs”). It is recommended that students complete the Academic Works General Application every year to see all UCLA awards they are eligible for.
  • Write an essay (500 words or less, double-spaced) that tells us about your professional aspirations, intellectual interests, and personal experiences as they relate to your major in Public Affairs. (You should compose your essay and then copy and paste into the application).

 TIMELINE:

  • To apply, students must submit the application by May 20, 2022 at https://ucla.academicworks.com/ (search “Public Affairs”).
  • Applicants are notified of award status by early July.

Michael S. Dukakis Internship in Public Service Award

Professor Michael Dukakis spearheaded this privately funded internship program to provide UCLA Luskin students with first-hand public service experience in government. As power shifts from Washington, DC to the state and local level, the need for talented public servants has never been greater. The Michael S. Dukakis Internship Program provides stipends for UCLA Luskin undergraduate students serving in non-partisan internships in government, with a special emphasis on California.

INTERNSHIP CRITERIA:

The focus for this summer internship is in a government setting, rather than in non-profits or NGOs. The internships are generally completed over ten weeks during the summer, between June and September. Students who are currently interning or have completed a government internship during the academic year are also eligible, if they meet the criteria below.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • The internship award is limited to UCLA Luskin public affairs pre-majors, public affairs majors, or Luskin minors (Gerontology, Public Affairs, or Urban and Regional Studies).
  • The applicant must be enrolled at UCLA the academic year after the award.
  • Students must secure a government internship meeting the criteria below.
    • The internship must be in a policy related, public service function in a non-partisan government setting. Working for an elected partisan official would not qualify.  Non-partisan city council or county board of supervisors offices qualify, but state senate and assembly, or US Congress do not, nor would working for a non-profit or NGO.
    • The internship site would ideally be in local or state government in California. If the internship is in Washington, D.C. with a Federal agency, the focus of the internship must be on California.

AWARD AMOUNT:

  • Up to $1,000

IMPORTANT POLICIES:

  • Priority will be given to new applicants, but past awardees are welcome to apply.
  • In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards may also affect the students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students who are awarded are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

APPLICATION:

  • Complete the Academic Works General Application at UCLA’s scholarship portal (search “Public Affairs”). It is recommended that students complete the Academic Works General Application every year to see all UCLA awards they are eligible for.
  • A list of references (at least one). Include name, title, employer, email, and phone number.
  • Internship details: Site, supervisor name, title, and email address. If you have are still looking for an internship please provide the site you are considering.
  • Write a statement (300 – 500 words, double-spaced) explaining how this internship will benefit your long-term career aspirations in public service. (You should compose your essay and then copy and paste into the application).

 TIMELINE:

  • To apply to the Michael S. Dukakis Internship in Public Service Award, students must submit the application by April 29, 2022 at https://ucla.academicworks.com/ (search “Public Affairs”).
  • Applicants are notified of award status in late May.

Experiential Learning Internship Support

A limited number of stipends will be available for students participating in their required experiential learning capstone.  Awards may be used to offset unexpected costs associated with interning at an organization throughout the final year. Examples of expenses could be transportation to/from the internship site or research expenses related to the senior capstone.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Limited to Public Affairs majors in approved experiential learning capstone internships
  • Complete the FAFSA by March
  • Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA and UCLA Financial Aid Office
  • Transfer, CA Dream Act, and Visa students are eligible

AWARD AMOUNT:

  • Up to $200

IMPORTANT POLICIES:

  • In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards may also affect the students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students who are awarded are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

APPLICATION:

  • Complete the Academic Works General Application at UCLA’s scholarship portal. It is recommended that students complete the Academic Works General Application every year to see all UCLA awards they are eligible for.
  • Briefly explain (100 words or less) how you will use the stipend for your Public Affairs capstone.

 TIMELINE:

  • The next application will open June 2021.
  • Generally, applications are due a month after the date the application opens.
  • Applicants are notified of award status in August.

UCLA Internship Alumni Network Alex White Scholarship

The UCLA Internship Alumni Network (UCLA IAN) is happy to partner with the Luskin School of Public Affairs to provide support for UCLA students to gain valuable career experience through internships. The UCLA IAN is an alumni affinity network supporting students through internships and mentoring as they explore their career path. One way that IAN provides this support is through administering the Alex White Scholarship Fund to students who are doing internships.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • The UCLA Internship Alumni Network is an alumni affinity group whose mission is to support students to gain valuable career-shaping experience through internships. This opportunity is open to Public Affairs majors who have demonstrated financial need and who will be completing a domestic or international internship during the summer.
  • Please note the following for the 2022 scholarship cycle:
    • This opportunity is open to Public Affairs majors who have demonstrated financial need and who will be completing a domestic or international internship during Summer 2022. Student who have an internship that starts Spring 2022 and continues into Summer 2022 are eligible to apply.
    • Public Affairs pre-majors who applied to the Public Affairs major by April 1, 2022 and students graduating Summer 2022 may apply for this scholarship.

AWARD AMOUNT:

  • Two (2) scholarships at $1500 each.

IMPORTANT POLICIES:

  • In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards may also affect the students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students who are awarded are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

APPLICATION:

  • To apply to the 2022 Alex White Scholarship, students must submit the application by April 18, 2022. Click here to access and submit the application.

 TIMELINE:

  • The scholarship application will close April 18, 2022. An interview is required of all students selected as finalists. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by May 13, 2022.

Congresswoman Lynn Schenk Capstone Scholarship

The Congresswoman Lynn Schenk Capstone Scholarship was established to support students completing the required B.A. in Public Affairs experiential learning capstone opportunity during their senior year.

ELIGIBILITY: 

To be eligible to apply to the Congresswoman Lynn Schenk Capstone Scholarship students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a declared as Public Affairs major in their junior or senior year.
  • Must be pursuing one of the following public affairs experiential learning capstone experience pathways:
    • Be participating in UC Center Sacramento, Quarter in Washington (UCDC) Program, UCLA Global Internship Program, or Summer DC Fellows Program, and have been approved to satisfy the public affairs capstone seminar course, PUB AFF 187A, with coursework completed through these programs; or
    • Be a public affairs major currently completing an unpaid public affairs capstone internship during fall, winter, or spring of their capstone year.
  • Transfer, CA Dream Act, and Visa students are eligible.

Eligibility Criteria for Spring 2022

To be eligible to apply to the Congresswoman Lynn Schenk Capstone Scholarship in Spring 2022, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a declared as Public Affairs major in their junior or senior year.
  • Must be pursuing one of the following public affairs experiential learning capstone experience pathways:
    • Be participating in UC Center Sacramento, Quarter in Washington (UCDC) Program, UCLA Global Internship Program, or Summer DC Fellows Program, during Winter 2022, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022, and have been approved to satisfy the public affairs capstone seminar course, PUB AFF 187A, with coursework completed through one of these programs; or
    • Be a public affairs major completing an unpaid public affairs capstone internship during Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring 2022.
  • Transfer, CA Dream Act, and Visa students are eligible.

AWARD AMOUNT:

  • Up to $1500

IMPORTANT POLICIES:

  • Priority will be given to new applicants, but past awardees are welcome to apply.
  • In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards may also affect the students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students who are awarded are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

APPLICATION:

  • To apply to the scholarship, you must complete the Academic Works General Application at UCLA’s scholarship portal (search “Public Affairs”). It is recommended that students complete the Academic Works General Application every year to see all UCLA awards they are eligible for.
  • Write an essay (500 words or less, double-spaced) that answers the following prompt: How will the Congresswoman Lynn Schenk Capstone Scholarship support your professional development through the public affairs experiential learning capstone experience? (You should compose your essay and then copy and paste into the application.)

TIMELINE:

  • To apply, students must submit the application by May 31, 2022 at https://ucla.academicworks.com/ (search “Public Affairs”).
  • Applicants will be notified of the award status by early July.

H. Pike Oliver Scholarship

The H. Pike Oliver Scholarship in Public Affairs will support underrepresented students with an interest in addressing complex cross disciplinary issues related to urban and regional development.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Must be a current Public Affairs major. Continuing and incoming Transfer Students are eligible to apply.
  • Students who applied and were admitted to the Public Affairs major in Spring 2022 are eligible to apply.
  • New transfer students are eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA and UCLA Financial Aid Office.
  • Transfer, CA Dream Act, and Visa students are eligible.

AWARD AMOUNT:

  • Up to $2,000

IMPORTANT POLICIES:

  • Priority will be given to new applicants, but past awardees are welcome to apply.
  • In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards may also affect the students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students who are awarded are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

APPLICATION:

  • Complete the Academic Works General Application at UCLA’s scholarship portal (search “Public Affairs”). It is recommended that students complete the Academic Works General Application every year to see all UCLA awards they are eligible for.
  • Write an essay (500 words or less, double-spaced) that tells us about your professional aspirations, intellectual interests, and personal experiences as they relate to your major in Public Affairs. (You should compose your essay and then copy and paste into the application).

 TIMELINE:

  • To apply, students must submit the application by August 26, 2022 at https://ucla.academicworks.com/ (search “Public Affairs”).
  • Applicants are notified of award status by early September 2022.