UC Davis Reentry Scholarships Recommendation Request

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The Bernard Osher Foundation, in recognition of the value of the UC Davis program for reentry students, has established a $1 million endowment to support scholarships for students 25–50 years old. The Osher Reentry Scholarships represent the largest award for reentry students on the UC Davis campus. We will award eight to ten $5,000 scholarships annually to new and continuing reentry students.

In 2016, the Bernard Osher Foundation recommended the UC Davis reentry program to the Crankstart Foundation. The Crankstart Foundation is the charitable outfit of Michael Moritz and his wife Harriet. The couple's philanthropy in the Bay Area is mainly focused on education, and arts and culture, but support has also gone to parks and human services. In October 2016 the Crankstart Foundation awarded a grant of $50,000 to UC Davis to support ten reentry scholarships of $5,000 each for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required to complete your application. New UC Davis students may submit letters from their community college faculty; continuing UC Davis students should submit a letter from a UC Davis faculty member or TA. As soon as you submit your application, an email will be automatically sent to your recommender with the URL for the Letter of Recommendation. Please be sure to allow your recommender ample time to complete your request. Each year many students are not evaluated because of missing documents; it is your responsibility to verify receipt of all supplemental documents.

Application Deadline

  • Continuing students: All documents, including application and letter of recommendation, must be submitted on-line no later than 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2018.
  • Newly admitted  UC Davis students: All documents, including application and letter of recommendation, must be submitted on-line no later than 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2018.
  • Scholarship announcements will be emailed to winners in September.

Requesting a Recommendation

The UC Davis Reentry Scholarships Application includes a section that will ask you to list the email address of your recommender. When you submit your application an email request will be sent to your letter of recommendation writer with instructions on how to submit the letter.

  • Ensure that your letter writer's email is accurate when you submit.
  • Make sure you have communicated ahead of time with your letter of recommendation writer and they have agreed to write you a strong letter.
  • Inform your letter of recommendation writer to look for an email from submittable.com. Have them check their junk or spam folder if you submitted your application and they have not received the request.