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The Incentive Awards Program (IAP)

IAP StudentsA Program That Changes Lives

The Incentive Awards Program provides up to $32,000 in scholarship funds over eight semesters, and student support services to low-income, first- generation college students who have demonstrated leadership potential, high academics, and a commitment to serve others.

IAP reaches out to high school students who have overcome great socioeconomic disadvantages through its partnerships with 55 high schools in Northern California and 10 in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1991 in just 12 schools in San Francisco, the Incentive Awards Program has grown to be the University of California’s largest privately funded direct service scholarship, recruitment, and support service program for students who have succeeded academically in their high school despite severe socioeconomic and personal challenges.

Currently, the Incentive Awards Program serves over 260 undergraduates and works closely with 65 public high schools in 13 districts throughout California.  The Program distributes $1.8 million in scholarships annually by partnering with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to offer a competitive financial aid package.   In addition to the financial support, IAP provides a host of comprehensive and transformational services that help IAP Scholars through the various transitions towards degree completion and supports them in their personal, academic, and professional development. 


IAP Mission

The Incentive Awards Program provides educational and financial access to high-achieving students who face socio-economic barriers from underserved communities throughout California. We commit to cultivate future leaders through civic engagement and provide comprehensive student-centered support services to succeed at UC Berkeley and beyond.

IAP Objectives:

• Recruit a diverse pool of UC eligible applicants who meet the Incentive Awards Program guidelines;

• Provide financial assistance to reduce the economic burden of a UC Berkeley education;

• Facilitate academic and personal transitions by providing holistic support services to ensure the retention, graduation, and success beyond Cal;

• Empower and develop leaders who will affect social transformation in their various communities;

• Cultivate long-lasting relationships within the IAP community of Scholars, Alumni, Staff, Donors, High School Partners, and Selection Committee members.


Prospective Scholars
Interested in becoming a part of the Incentive Awards Program (IAP)?  Learn more about the IAP Eligibility Criteria.

Current Scholars
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