Family of the Year Essay Contest

It 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 part of the college experience. For these reasons, we welcome students and families to self-nominate for the Family of the Year Award, honored during Family Weekend each fall. 


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, but two nominations from one family are welcome. 

The Rosario - 2017 Family of the Year


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


Prompts for Students

UC San Diego students are to write an essay of no more than 800 words which specifies:

  • How your family has supported your college journey;
  • How their support impacted your academic success; and
  • How your family influenced you to engage with different types of people and perspectives at UC San Diego and beyond.

Prompts for Families

Parents/Families of UC San Diego students are to write an essay of no more than 800 words which specifies:

  • How you have supported your student’s journey at UC San Diego;
  • How your support impacted your student’s connection to UC San Diego; and
  • How you believe UC San Diego has influenced your student to engage with different types of people and perspectives.

Essays will be judged according to the following criteria

  • Evidence of family's support for student's college success.
  • Evidence of family's enthusiasm for the University.
  • Evidence of impact on student’s ability to engage with the community around them.
  • Creativity
  • Spelling and grammar error-free, and evidence of syntax. 

Nomination Requirements

  • All currently enrolled UC San Diego undergraduates and their family members are eligible to self-nominate. 
  • "Family" is defined by you including parents, guardians, foster families, siblings, spouse, partner, etc. 
  • Families of UC San Diego undergraduate students are eligible for nomination. 
  • Family members whether alive or deceased may also be nominated. 

Selected Family Receive

  • Complimentary tickets for up to 4 members and the student to attend Family Weekend Oct. 20-22.
  • One room hotel accommodation for your family during Family Weekend Oct. 20-22.  
  • A commemorative plaque presented to your family on Sunday, Oct. 22 during the closing event of Family Weekend Farewell Brunch. 
  • Your family will be featured on the Parent & Family Programs website and publications. 

Now accepting nominations - DEADLINE is September 4, 2017

How to Nominate Your Family:

The Family of the Year 2017 Essay Contest is now OPEN!

  1. Write an essay of 800 words or less follow the prompts listed above For Students or For Families
  2. Fill out the form below.
  3. Attach the essay.
  4. Submit by September 4, 2017