Family of the Year Scholarship Award Essay Contest

The Rosario - 2017 Family of the YearIt is evident that students continue to rely on the support of their family on their way to and during college. UC San Diego   believes and acknowledges this relationship as an important contribution to the college experience, and recognizes families  play a valuable role in their students' success and growth in  college. For these reasons, we welcome students and families to self-nominate for the Family of the Year Scholarship Award, honored during Family Weekend each fall. 

Rosario Family - 2017 Family of the Year
(With Dr. Juan González, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs-Retired)

Instructions

We accept nominations from both the student and the family. The student nomination is different from the family nomination. Only one nomination is required to be eligible for consideration, however two nominations from one family are welcome. 

Prompts for Families

Parents/Families of UC San Diego students are to write an essay of 500-800 words which specifies:

  • How your family has been involved in your student’s college journey; and
  • How your family has supported your student’s academic success; and
  • How your family values prepared your student in demonstrating the values of UC San Diego by being inclusive of others, experiencing personal growth and engaging with the university, practicing well-being, taking accountability for their selves, and/or striving for excellence.

Prompts for Students

UC San Diego students are to write an essay of 500-800 words which specifies:

  • How your family has been involved in your college journey; and
  • How your family has supported your academic success and personal growth; and
  • How your family values have prepared you to demonstrate the values of UC San Diego by being inclusive of others, experiencing personal growth and engaging with the university, practicing well-being, taking accountability for yourself, and/or striving for excellence.

Essays will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • The essay will address all three prompts listed above.
  • The essay will be creative.
  • The essay will be spelling and grammar error-free and have evidence of syntax. 

Nomination Requirements

  • Eligible submission is permitted from enrolled UC San Diego undergraduates and their family members.
  • “Family” is defined as parents, guardians, foster families, siblings, spouses, partners, and/or anyone, living or deceased, from whom the student receives support.

The Scholarship Award Recipient Receives

  • A UC San Diego Bookstore voucher for $350 to be used towards books and other school supplies
  • Complimentary 4-person Weekend Package to Family Weekend on Oct. 19-21; a value of $245
  • A two-night stay hotel accommodation for the family during Family Weekend on Oct. 19-21; a value of over $400
  • A commemorative plaque presented to the family on Sunday, Oct. 21 during the Family of the Year Brunch
  • The family will be featured on the Parent & Family Programs website and publications

Now accepting nominations - DEADLINE is September 10, 2018

How to Nominate Your Family:

The 2018 Family of the Year Scholarship Award Contest is now OPEN!

  1. Write an essay of 500-800 words following the prompts listed above For Students or For Families
  2. Fill out the form below.
  3. Attach the essay.
  4. Submit by September 10, 2018