SOAR Mission

The mission of the Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center, at UC Irvine, is to cultivate a community of authentic student leaders that aspire to develop innovative, student-initiated outreach and retention programs that foster critical dialogue, mentorship and shift the educational paradigm to improve college access, readiness, and retention rates for historically marginalized communities in higher education. 

SOAR is a dynamic space that empowers student scholars through praxis to advocate and develop a transformative and equitable educational environment where students can use their education as a vehicle for social impact. 

Purpose of the Grant

One of SOAR’s core values is access. Often, one of the barriers that students face in higher education is affordability. This grant is aimed to decrease the financial burden that students face with purchasing book materials. Seven scholarships ($100 per individual) will be awarded quarterly during the 2020-2021 academic year. Undergraduates from all majors are encouraged to apply. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Not a previous recipient of the SOAR Book Grant 20-21
  • Be an enrolled student enrolled in an undergraduate major for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Minimum of a 2.0 GPA
  • Be actively involved or committed/engaged in efforts in the SOAR Center - by being an active participant of the Pathfinder Peer Educator program, Graduate Access Preparation program, or a member of a registered campus organization that is affiliated with the SOAR center
  • Preference for students who demonstrate need such as Expected Family Contribution (EFC) does not meet the Cost of Attendance (CoA) and/or recipient of government funds (Pell Grant, Cal Grant, etc)

For questions or concerns, please email soaring@uci.edu.  

Winter Quarter Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2020 by 11:59 PM

Guidelines: 

  1. Project must be initiated by a UCI undergraduate Registered Campus Organization (RCO) and must meet the definition of Student-Initiated (created and/or led by students). 
  2. RCO must register to be a "SOARing for Education" affiliate with the SOAR Center.
  3. Each RCO can only submit 1 (one) SIP retention grant application per funding request. RCOs may submit multiple grant applications per academic year, but priority will be given to organizations applying for funding for the first time during 2020-2021 since funds are limited.
  4. Grant applications must be complete and accurate. Any misinformation may forfeit current or future funding. 
  5. Late applications will not be accepted. 
  6. Project must be working toward one or both of the UCOP goals of:
  • Increasing academic preparation of low income, underrepresented, first generation, or English learners, etc 
  • Increasing retention for program participants

Project must be implemented between now and June 2021. 

Note: Funds are limited and may be partial depending upon merit, availability of funds, and funding support from other sources. Information about what items may be funding can be found at: bit.ly/328S9pT and in the affiliate google drive along with information about asuci's reimbursement process.

Grant Process:

1. Submit your application by January 15th at 11:59pm

2. The SOAR Funding Board will carefully review each application and deliberate on whether to fund each project and if granted funding determine funding amount. 

3. If granted funding, RCO's must meet with SOAR Retention Coordinators & Pro Staff to review grant award and review advising schedule.

4. Data cards must be completed and on file at the end of the program. 

5. Evaluations are mandatory. Applications will not be considered if evaluations from previously funded SIR programs are not on file and/or turned in on time. Observe deadlines. If new to Student-Initiated Project grants, your organization must demonstrate experience or meet consistently with SOAR staff to receive advising to effectively execute program. 

Guidelines:
 

  1. Project must be initiated by a UCI undergraduate Registered Campus Organization (RCO) and must meet the definition of Student-Initiated. 
  2. RCO must register to be a "SOARing for Education" affiliate with the SOAR Center.
  3. Each RCO can only apply for 1 (one) SIP outreach grant per academic year.
  4. Grant applications must be complete and accurate. Any misinformation may forfeit current or future funding. 
  5. Late applications will not be accepted.
  6. Project must be working toward one or both of the UCOP goals of:
  • Increasing academic preparation of low income, underrepresented, first generation, or English learners
  • Increasing college enrollment for program participants
  • Project must be implemented between now and June 2021. 

 Note: Funds are limited and may be partial depending upon merit, availability of funds, and funding support from other sources. Information about what items may be funding can be found at: bit.ly/328S9pT and in the affiliate google drive along with information about asuci's reimbursement process.

 
Grant Process:

  1. Submit your application by Friday January 15, 2021 by 11:59pm. 
  2. The SOAR Funding Board will carefully review each application within 15 business days and deliberate on whether to fund each project and if granted funding determine funding amount. 
  3.  If granted funding, RCO's must meet with SOAR Outreach Coordinators & Pro Staff to review grant award and review advising schedule. 
  4. Data cards must be completed and on file at the end of the program.
  5. Evaluations are mandatory. Applications will not be considered if evaluations from previously funded SIO programs are not on file and/or turned in on time. Observe deadlines. If new to Student-Initiated Project grants, your organization must demonstrate experience or meet consistently with SOAR staff to receive advising to effectively execute program. 
UCI Student Outreach and Retention Center