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The Graduate School of Management offers among the most extensive financial assistance of any top MBA program: 85% of current Sacramento Part-Time MBA students receive a scholarship or fellowship.

MBA Scholarships

Your MBA represents a significant investment in your future. A variety of financial aid programs are available.

All candidates are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships based on their admissions application. Criteria include academic record (undergraduate record, GMAT/GRE), professional promise and focus. Details regarding scholarships are included in the official admissions offer letter.

Scholarships for Incoming Admitted Students

UC Native American Opportunity Plan

The University of California Native American Opportunity Plan ensures that in-state systemwide Tuition and Student Services Fees are fully covered for California students who are also enrolled in federally recognized Native American, American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. This plan applies to the Graduate School of Management’s professional degree students. For more information and eligibility requirements, please visit the UC Davis Financial Aid website.

Dolan Family Management Education Award

Established by Eamonn and Kathleen Dolan, this award supports Full-Time, Bay Area Part-Time, or Sacramento Part-Time MBA students who have overcome significant financial hardships or other obstacles.  Selection shall be based upon a statement submitted by an applicant or a student who has overcome, or is currently facing, a significant personal financial hardship or other obstacles in their lifetime (disability or tragic family circumstance, etc.). For additional clarification and to provide an example, while some students may have parents who faced financial hardship, the Award is intended for students who have experienced financial hardship personally and directly. Preference is given to a student who graduated from a high school located in one of the following geographic areas (in order of priority): 1) City of Oakland; 2) Contra Costa County or Alameda County; or 3) State of California. (est. 2013)

Joncarlo and Jami Mark Scholarship

Established by Joncarlo Mark MBA 00, and his wife, Jami Rubin-Mark, this scholarship is to assist in recruiting outstanding students with financial needs to help ease their burden of educational expenses, such as books and information technology that will enable them to thrive in the MBA program. The scholarship is available for full-time and part-time students (est. 2019).

Kenneth E. and Joanne M. Nitzberg Scholarship 

In appreciation for what UC Davis has meant to them, Ken and Joanne Nitzberg made this gift especially to benefit re-entry women students in the full or part-time (Bay Area and Sacramento) MBA programs. The two-year endowed fellowship honors Ken’s mother, who returned to finish her college education after raising her family (est. 1998).  

Richard and Joy Dorf Endowed Fellowship, with Matching Support from the Graduate Student Fellowship Matching Initiative

Established by Richard C. and Joy M. Dorf, this award supports students in the full-time or part-time (Bay Area and Sacramento) MBA programs or the MPAc program from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds defined as students from low-income backgrounds as defined by the Graduate Financial Aid Office and for students who have demonstrated potential for leadership in increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in business (est. 2015).

Richard and Joy Dorf Endowed Graduate Award, with Matching Support from the UC Davis Foundation

Established by Professor Emeritus Dick Dorf and his wife, Joy, this award assists in recruiting outstanding students for the Full-Time MBA program (est. 2013).

Zaiss Ventures Fellowship 

Established by Zaiss Ventures to support outstanding students in the Full Time-MBA program (est. 2015).

Regional Scholarships for Incoming Admitted Students (Sacramento)

The UC Davis Sacramento Part-Time MBA program has raised management talent and contributed to the Capital Region’s economic growth and renaissance.

Current members of the following Chambers are eligible:

  • Sacramento Metro Chamber (Metro EDGE)
  • Folsom Chamber of Commerce (FLYP)
  • Roseville Chamber of Commerce (Ignite Young Professionals)

There is no additional application needed for this scholarship. Please mark your chamber membership on the MBA application. 

Regional Scholarships for Incoming Admitted Students (Bay Area)

The UC Davis Bay Area Part-Time MBA program celebrates our membership with the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce and our fellow Bishop Ranch companies by offering you access to a special scholarship created to transform your career and reach your leadership potential.

There is no additional application needed for this scholarship. Please mark either affiliation on your MBA application. 

Scholarships for Incoming Admitted Students that are UC Davis Employees

As part of our investment in talent development at UC Davis, the Graduate School of Management offers up to five staff scholarships at the UC Davis main campus, the UC Davis San Ramon campus and at UC Davis Health. Scholarships can be used for either the Sacramento Part-Time MBA program or the Bay Area Part-Time MBA program. Ideal candidates have accomplished professionals with high leadership potential. These awards are competitive and are awarded based on intellectual curiosity and strength, demonstrated leadership, professional effectiveness, and strong teamwork and communication skills.

Details for each award are hyperlinked below. To be eligible, you must  be employed in a career position with one of the following partners:

Scholarships for Current Students

Thanks to the generosity of our friends and alumni, the Graduate School of Management is proud to offer several scholarships and awards to our students who excel inside the classroom and show great leadership and management potential. Each donor scholarship and fellowship has specific criteria that must be addressed in the application.

What scholarships and awards are available?

The following donor-funded scholarships are available to our MBA students:

William and Jean M. Allewelt Award for Management Students

Established by William and Jean Allewelt, this scholarship is one of the first endowed awards at the Graduate School of Management. It supports a Full-Time MBA student in good academic standing. Preference is given to a parent (married or single) who demonstrates financial need (est. 1998).

Brad Atwood Scholarship

Established by Virginia and Greg Kelsch to honor the pivotal role that Brad Atwood, former Vice-Chancellor of UC Irvine, played in recognizing Virginia’s career potential. This scholarship supports an MBA student (from any of the MBA programs- Full-Time, Bay Area, Sacramento or Online) who is interested in pursuing a career in non-profit management or who has an interest or background in non-profits (est. 1993).

California Wine Industry Management Education Award

Established to honor the California wine industry's strong partnership with Professor Emeritus Robert Smiley, this fellowship supports an outstanding Full-Time MBA student interested in becoming a professional within the California wine industry (est. 1998). 

James R. and Georgia K. Corbett Fellowship for Student Entrepreneur

Established by James and Georgia Corbett, passionate mentors and long-time supporters of the School, this fellowship supports an outstanding MBA student (from any of the MBA programs- Full-Time, Bay Area, Sacramento or Online)who are judged to have motivation, potential and passion for succeeding in the entrepreneurial world (est. 2000).

Robert and Miriam Glock Graduate Award

Established by Miriam Glock to support the recruitment and retention of Full-Time MBA students pursuing their studies and careers in finance and exhibiting financial need. The finance field was selected to honor Miriam Glock’s late husband, Robert Glock, and his successful career in finance (est. 2013).

Stephen G. and Shelley A. Newberry Endowed Distinguished Fellowship

Established for a Full-Time MBA student who has the potential to be a successful team leader in business. The recipient may not be of the highest academic ranking but demonstrates great potential for leadership (est. 2008).

Suran Student Fellowship Award

The Jerome and Helen Suran student fellowship award recognizes and supports one student from each MBA program who has overcome a physical disability or financial difficulty (est. 1999).

External Scholarships

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management has compiled the following list of external scholarship opportunities as a service to the community. Students should work directly with each agency to verify their processes and eligibility—and should verify the legitimacy of any organization they provide personal information.