The Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center advocates for and supports marginalized, underserved student communities. Our Center wants to create substantial change and stand with students during the COVID-19 pandemic and national protests against systemic anti-Blackness.

SOAR will have two scholarship cycles (Winter/Spring) to allocate funding to students in need. Students may apply for a maximum of $1,000 per scholarship application/per quarter. Students can apply for this scholarship multiple times during the academic year. Funds will be allocated on a case-by-case basis with review by the SOAR scholarship funding committee. 

Preference for covering housing application fees, book and technology fees, and any other educational costs will be given higher priority. Undergraduate students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Students must thoroughly complete the application for consideration.

Applications for Winter 2024 are due on January 10th, 2024 by 11:59 pm. Please thoroughly read the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an enrolled student in an undergraduate major at UCI during the quarter you are applying for the scholarship.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA. Applicants who are incoming freshmen or first-year transfer students must submit unofficial transcripts with their application.
  • Committed, engaged, or involved in community service, with a preference of service within the Black community at UC Irvine. 
  • Be either an Umoja Pilot Program scholar, or an active member involved with the SOAR Center, the Center for Black Cultures, Resources and Research, or be committed to/engaged in efforts that support the Black community at UCI.

Student's professional and academic goals must align with Umoja practices:

  1. Engage in conscious dialogue, discourse, and deliberate learning.
  2. A willingness to share your experiences authentically with an ethic of love.
  3. Share what you have learned with your community to develop communal building.
  4. Cultivate spaces to foster cultural pride and belonging informed by historical experiences of the African diaspora.
  5. Participate in community mentorship.

Students may apply for a maximum of $1,000 per scholarship application/per quarter.

This award will be disbursed to your UCI student account by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Scholarships may not exceed a student’s cost of attendance. This scholarship may reduce or replace your loans or unused work/study funds in order to allow for the scholarship to be applied. If you have questions about how the funds may impact your financial aid package, please contact your financial aid counselor at or call (949) 824-8262.

*Active involvement with the SOAR Center can include being a member of a registered campus organization (RCO) that was a part of the SOARing for Education Affiliation program during the 2022-2023 academic year or is a part of the SOARing for Education Affiliation program during the 2023-2024 academic year.
**Active involvement within the Umoja Pilot Program, Transfer Student Center (TSC) or the Center for Black Cultures, Resources, and Research means participating in programs held during the 2022 - 2023 and 2023 - 2024 Academic Year.

Please note:
First-year transfer and incoming freshman student applicants will be required to submit a transcript.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For questions or concerns, please email SOAR (  

UCI Student Outreach and Retention Center