UC Alumni Association Scholarships

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Through the generous support of UC’s alumni community, the UC Alumni Association awards more than $100,000 each year to approximately 50 exceptional UC students. Current and incoming students are considered for four distinct scholarship opportunities, two of which benefit direct descendants of UC alumni.

The complete admission application received by December 1 will serve as the Alumni Association scholarship application for the Christos P. Demakes Legacy Scholarship and the Regional Alumni Network Scholarship for incoming first-year students. Eligible students will be identified and invited to submit next steps for alumni award consideration.

UCAA’s flagship scholarship fund was named for Darlene Carter upon her 2020 retirement to honor her decades of dedicated service on the UC Alumni Association staff and her devotion and assistance to countless students through the years.

Combining funds derived from private gifts as well as UCAA’s Ohio C-Paw license plate program, the Darlene H. Carter UCAA Scholarship Fund supports the renewal of Christos P. Demakes Legacy Scholarships after recipients’ first year and select Regional Alumni Network Scholarships.

Named in honor of past UCAA Executive Director Christos Demakes, this scholarship is given to select first-year students and is renewable for up to four years while students are studying at UC.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Incoming UC first-year student
  • Parent or grandparent is an alumnus of UC
  • Parent or grandparent is a current Loyal Bearcat or William Howard Taft Society donor as of March 8, 2024
  • Complete admission application (including transcript and test scores) by Dec. 1

To apply for the 2024-2025 academic year:

  • Your application to the University of Cincinnati auto-enrolls students identified as meeting the above requirements
  • If you have applied to UC but your parent is not a current Loyal Bearcat or William Howard Taft Society member, they can make their gift by March 8, 2024 to ensure eligibility
  • No additional application/essay is needed. The application essay will be used to determine final candidates
  • Individuals will be notified directly if selected to receive the scholarship. If you have any questions, please contact UC Alumni Association at

Awarded on behalf of UCAA’s 30-plus national alumni networks to support local future Bearcats.

Eligibility requirements include:

If you have questions, please contact McKenzie McKinney.

In recognition and remembrance of former UC students Margaret "Meg" Kacher and Sheri An Bloom. In 1985, UC suffered the loss of both of these promising young women to untimely deaths.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Current full-time junior at UC
  • Excellence in academics
  • Devotion to student activities and community service
  • Strong sense of loyalty and commitment to the University of Cincinnati

The scholarship process for the 2024-2025 academic year will open spring 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Speyer

The African American Alumni Affiliate (4A) proudly awards scholarships to underrepresented students intent on pursuing an international experience to enrich their college experience. We believe adventure is the best way to learn. By increasing exposure to international experiences we contribute directly to creating well-rounded students with unlimited opportunities post-graduation. The scholarship can be used for study abroad or an international co-op. The awards have ranged between $500-1,000 based on fund availability.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Involved in a cultural organization
  • Possess, at least, a 2.75 GPA
  • Have a minimum of 15 credit hours; graduate students are also eligible
  • Be able to show proof of 10 or more community service hours
  • Registered for a trip during the Spring, Summer or Fall semesters of 2024

To apply, please visit the Shani Scholarship application page

Applications are due Jan. 16, 2024.

The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association has established the Taiwan Alumni Scholarship to support Taiwanese students studying at the University of Cincinnati. Students often receive financial aid to cover the cost of tuition, but still need money to purchase their meal plan and cover other living expenses. Learn more.