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Barnes & Noble College (BNC) Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 3, 2019

Award Notification: March 2019

Award Amount: Up to a $5,000 Scholarship for fees and a grant of up to $3,000 to support project costs

Application Submission Process: Students will need to submit a completed application, personal statement, project proposal, and at least one (1) Letter of Recommendation. Documents need to be submitted by April 3, 2019. Interviews will be conducted for finalists. Completed applications will need to be submitted to:

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
102 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-2825

Barnes & Noble (BNC) Scholarship's goal is to build on Barnes's & Noble founder, Len Riggo's tireless advocacy for public education, literacy and the arts. Funded from an unrestricted donation from BNC, this scholarship will be awarded to a current UCI undergraduate with a record of strong academic achievement, an innovative project proposal and a demonstrated commitment to helping others.

Through this partnership, UCI and BNC support exceptional UCI undergraduate students who want to design and launch ambitious community service literacy projects aimed at changing the world by improving literacy in one or more of the following areas: reading, financial, political, cultural and/or health. Preference will be given to students who have progressed in their academic study, made significant personal achievements, demonstrated a commitment toward improving literacy, have project ideas that will provide service to the community and to create a significant impact on improving literacy.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative UCI GPA
  • Must have completed a minimum of 45 units of UCI-accepted coursework
  • Must plan to be enrolled full-time at UCI during the 2018-19 academic year
  • Strong commitment to one or more of the following areas of literacy: reading, financial, political, cultural and health
  • Demonstrated contribution to campus and community service

If you have any questions, please email us at


Hours: 10am-5pm Monday to Friday
102 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697-2825
Tel: (949) 824-8262
Fax: (949) 824-4876 (fax)

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