AAP Scholarship

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The Academic Advancement Program (AAP) will be awarding scholarships to AAP students for the 2014-15 academic year. The average scholarship award is $5,000.


All AAP students who have completed 36 units, have not exceed 150 units at the college or university level, and who have a minimum cumulative UCLA GPA of 2.75 or better by the end of the 2013 Fall Quarter are eligible to apply. To receive the scholarship, you must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate during the entire 2014-2015 academic year and apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA or the Dream Application*.

If you currently have a multi-year scholarship it may render you ineligible for an AAP scholarship. Please check with the Financial Aid Office before applying.



Your application and all supporting materials must be submitted via MyUCLA by Friday, January 31, 2014 [1] since no late or incomplete applications will be accepted. A completed application includes:

1.  Career Goals/Interest: Select at least one item from the list of career goals/interests.

2.  Personal Statement: Describe in 350-500 words why you should be chosen for an AAP Scholarship and include any personal challenges, obstacles, or major event(s) in your life you¹ve overcome, if any.

3. Essay: Answer one of the two questions in a 500-600 word essay. Failure to limit the length of your essay will result in a lower score on your application. Note: The essay question counts for over half of your final score. Be sure to proofread, use spell check, and edit your work carefully before adding your essay to the application. You can add your essay to your application at any point before the submission deadline. Remember: the application will not be considered complete until the essay is submitted.

4. Letter of Recommendation: The letter must be from a UCLA instructor (faculty or TA) who appears as the instructor of record for a class on your study list (current or past). This enables a copy of your Personal Statement to accompany your request.


ESSAY QUESTIONS (choose one):

Question 1 ­ Current Events

The cost of a college education has increased dramatically over the last five years making it difficult for some students to attend. What suggestions would you share with policy makers on how to deal with this issue and the impact it is having on students now and in the future?


Question 2 ­ UCLA Principles of Community

Pedro & Me has been selected as the 2013-2014 UCLA Common Book.

Pedro Zamora changed lives. When the HIV-positive AIDS educator appeared on MTV¹s The Real World: San Francisco, he taught millions of viewers about being gay and living with AIDS. The Real World is a real-life documentary TV program that places seven strangers from all over the country into a house for six months to be filmed. Pedro passed away on November 11, 1994. He was 22.

Do you think that HIV/AIDS education programs today provide information in a language and vocabulary young people can relate to? What kind of an approach did Pedro advocate?


[1] The online application will not be available until mid-January (after Fall Quarter grades are posted); eligible students will receive a MyUCLA notification. You may work on your supporting materials now and add them to your application at any point after notification of availability and before the submission deadline.

* AB540 students are eligible to apply but must fill out the DREAM application. The DREAM application can be found at http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp. Please visit the Financial Aid Office located at A-129J Murphy Hall for assistance. For more information, call Fatiha Qureshi at 310/206-1805 or come to 1232 Campbell Hall.


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