2021-2022 Student Application
The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program
UC-qualified junior-level community college students to complete their
undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a
scholarship of up to $20,000 distributed over two years, mentoring and
academic support, and assistance finding paid or volunteer summer work
experience. Recipients will be selected by the UCSC chancellor from
nominees submitted by the presidents of participating community colleges.
One scholarship is available for each college.
Each president may nominate up to three students who:
Show exceptional achievement through academic and
extracurricular accomplishments despite adverse socioeconomic conditions;
Demonstrate an involvement in activities that assist and improve the lives of others;
Exhibit outstanding leadership qualities that reflect the ideals of the Pister Program;
Because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend UC Santa Cruz;
Are qualified for fall 2021 admission to UCSC as a new junior-level transfer student.
Fill out the application completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Apply for fall 2021 admission to UC Santa Cruz by submitting the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships by
the extended deadline of December 4, 2020: apply.universityofcalifornia.edu
Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by
March 2, 2021
Students on a non-immigrant visa (e.g., F-1, J-1, etc.) are not eligible for this award.
Collect two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty member. The other letter should be from an
individual who is able to comment on such areas as extracurricular activities, leadership skills, commitment and dedication, etc.
Obtain transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial copies are acceptable).
Keep a copy of your application.
Submit the following items in one packet
to your community college
1. scholarship application with personal statement included
2. two letters of recommendation
3. all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
Application deadline: February 5, 2021
Participating Community Colleges
Cabrillo College Foothill College Monterey Peninsula College
Cañada College Gavilan College San José City College
College of San Mateo Hartnell College Skyline College
De Anza College Mission College West Valley College
Evergreen Valley College
Please keep this information sheet for your records.
Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program
University of California, Santa Cruz