The mission of UFC includes fundraising initiatives that support a UC Merced scholarship program. When UFC was founded, then Chancellor Steve Kang and his wife Mia provided the initial endowment, establishing the University Friends Circle Scholarship Fund. This fund continues to grow from individual donations, a major fundraising event begun in 2013, and a portion of our operating funds left over at the end of our fiscal year. Currently, based on leadership and civic engagement in the Merced community, a UC Merced student is selected and receives a $1,000 scholarship, and a UC Merced student organization is selected and receives a $1,000 award. They are recognized both at the Office of Student Life Leadership Awards event and at the UFC May program meeting.
The UC Merced Office of Student Life partners with UFC to provide an on line application process, market and promote the awards, and set up the UFC Scholarship Committee interviews. The UFC Scholarship Committee evaluates the applications, sets the criteria, conducts the interviews, and selects the recipients for the Community Volunteer Leadership Scholarship and the Community Service Organization Award. Recipients selected exhibit leadership skills to organize meaningful service to others, demonstrate an active and ongoing commitment to the Merced Community, and have had a significant impact in the community as a result of a key project.
Scholarship and Award Recipients
Since 2009 University Friends Circle has recognized the following UC Merced students and organizations:
Community Service Organization Award - Rotaract
Community Volunteer Leadership Scholarship – Shane Kavanaugh
Community Service Organization Award – Alpha Phi Omega
Community Volunteer Leadership Scholarship – Gabriel Rodriguez
Community Service Organization Award – Rho Omicron Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Community Volunteer Leadership Scholarship – Noel Justin Lee Gomez
Community Service Organization Award – Energy Conservation Corps
Community Volunteer Leadership Scholarship – Merlyn Perez Community Service Organization Award – Science Alliance