Financial Assistance


Funds, Scholarships, and Awards

You can apply for scholarships in different ways. There are Animal Science Department scholarships for which you would apply directly through the department. Applications are available to download below. The campus wide scholarships are administered through the UC Davis Scholarship Office. You must apply using the general scholarship application form and submit a letter of recommendation and essay to the Scholarship Office by early December for the following academic year. Please contact the Scholarship Office for exact date each year. To be considered for the campus wide scholarships, students must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA or above.

Animal Science Department Awards/Funds

UC BAR Award

This is an Animal Science award given to a graduating senior(s) deserving recognition for involvement in various departmental activities. GPA is not a consideration. Recipients receive a certificate and leather piece with our UC brand. Nominations made by students, faculty and staff.

California Cattlewomen's Scholarship

The California Cattlewomen are the women's auxiliary of the California Cattleman's Association. They have provided this award at UCD since 1972. The recipient must be a graduate of a California high school and studying in an agricultural related field under a junior, senior, or graduate college standing. Students must be enrolled full time and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applications due April 1, 2019.

Educational Enhancement Fund

The purpose of the Educational Enhancement Fund is to encourage and support outside-of-classroom learning opportunities (including internships and Professional/Industry Meetings) for UCD undergraduate students whose majors are affiliated with the Animal Science Department.

All applicants should have demonstrated service to the Animal Science Department.

Applications for funding should be submitted 2 months in advance of when funding is needed.

The deadline for quarterly applications is the first Wednesday after instruction begins.

James Delfino Family Memorial Award - $1000

Criteria: This award will be given to an upper division undergraduate in the Department of Animal Science or a graduate student conducting research with a faculty member on the Department of Animal Science. Preference will be given to students demonstrating interest in production-animal agriculture, including equine. Students who express interest in careers in extension and/or outreach will be given special consideration.

Ed DePeters Award - $1000

Criteria: Undergraduate in good academic standing enrolled in a major within the Department of Animal Science, with preference for a student with demonstrated interest in dairy or livestock production and participation in extracurricular activities related to dairy or livestock.

Ian Garnett Memorial Award - $500

Criteria: This award will be given to an undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of Animal Science with an interest in agricultural enterprise management and plans for a career in agribusiness. 

Hino/Misawa Companion Animal Award - $1000

Criteria: The Award will be given to students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental sciences who have a declared major in Animal Science with an area of specialization in Companion and Captive Animals. Award recipients must have participated in extracurricular activities related to companion animals. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 at the time of the award.          

Lisa Nash Holmes Award in Animal Science - $1000

Criteria: This award will be given to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a major within the Department of Animal Science. Graduating seniors, who are continuing onto professional or graduate school in the following year, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a demonstrated and continuing interest in livestock, meat production, dairy, or equine science.

Oskar Lang Laboratory Animal Science Award - $1000

Criteria: This award will be given to an Animal Science undergraduate or a graduate student interested in lab animal management.                                                      

Gary P. Moberg Memorial Award - $500

Criteria: This award will be given to an undergraduate or graduate student interested in Aquaculture. 

Ed. F Olivera Sr. Memorial Award - $1000

Criteria: This award will be given to an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a major in the Animal Science Department or minor in Avian Sciences with demonstrated interest in commercial poultry production with special emphasis in egg production and/or flock health.  

Craig Ramini Memorial Scholarship - $750

Continuing undergraduates in Animal Science, Animal Science & Management, or Agricultural and Environmental Education majors studying abroad for the upcoming summer or fall terms, in any Department of Animal Science-approved program for which academic credit, whether letter-graded coursework, or units for internship, have been pre-approved before completion of program. Students must be in good standing at time of application.

Catherine Portman Burrowing Owl Research Award - $1000 and $1000

Catherine Portman is an environmental activist and advocate for the burrowing owl. She is responsible for the founding of the Burrowing Owl Preservation Society.  She established this scholarship to increase student awareness of the borrowing owl for conservation purposes.  This award is open to both graduate and undergraduate students conducting research on burrowing owls.

Frank G. Rue Memorial Award - $12,000 and $8,000

Criteria: This award will be given to a undergraduate or graduate student majoring in an Animal Science curriculum that has a demonstrated and continuing interest in livestock (preferably beef cattle) as well as demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities.

Departmental Citations & Citations for Outstanding Performance

This prestigious award is reserved for students of "true distinction" in recognition of their academic excellence and contributions to the department. Recipients receive a certificate. Students must be graduating seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.6 with distinction of contributions to the department. Nominations are made by undergraduate advising associate and the Animal Science Scholarship Committee.

Campus Wide Scholarships

Many of these scholarships are aimed to assist students interested in Animal Science. Selection is based on academic performance, leadership, and promise of future achievement; an essay and letter of recommendation are required. Click here for an application.

For more information, contact the Scholarship Office.

Asmundson Poultry Science Achievement Award

This is an Avian Science award given to outstanding students in the Avian Sciences program who have an excellent GPA, well rounded interests and abilities, and who make significant contributions to the department and to the campus.

Carl L. Garrison Scholarship

Carl Garrison was a prominent rancher and alumnus of UC Davis. He was a past president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association as well as the California Beef Council. Carl's friends and family established an endowment fund in his memory in 1975, which supports this scholarship. It is given to a junior or senior in the Animal Science Department, who is planning a career in livestock production.

Elizabeth Graves Hosselkus Scholarship

Elizabeth Graves Hosselkus graduated from UCD Animal Husbandry program in 1925. Later she was employed by the Animal Husbandry department. This scholarship, in her memory, was established by her husband. It is awarded to a UCD student majoring in Animal Science.

Harold & Elizabeth Kendall Scholarship

Harold was a student here at UCD in the early 1920's. He majored in Animal Husbandry because, he says, he wanted to be a cowboy. When he graduated, however, he found a job in the avocado industry. After attending Harvard and acquiring a MBA, he moved to Florida and built a career in citrus and subtropical fruit growing. Elizabeth Kendall graduated around the same time from UC Berkeley in Chemistry. Both are dedicated UC alumni who fly from Florida to visit Davis two or three times a year, even though they are both now in their 90's. Harold holds an especially warm place in his heart for our department. This scholarship is presented to a new or continuing undergraduate student majoring in an animal science departmental major. In addition to academic excellence, preference is given to students demonstrating leadership skills as in extracurricular activities.

Robert & Dorothy Laben Scholarship

Robert Laben was Master Advisor for the Animal Science major for about 15 years. His open door policy and rapport with students earned him wide respect from students and colleagues throughout the College. This scholarship is presented to a new or continuing undergraduate student majoring in an animal science departmental major. In addition to academic excellence, preference is given to students demonstrating leadership skills as in extracurricular activities.

Clement & Jeanne Pelissier Scholarship

Clem Pelissier was Extension Dairy Specialist at UCD for 32 years from 1950-82. He was well known for his in-depth knowledge of dairy management and the California dairy industry, and for his strong support for UCD and its students and alumni. This scholarship is presented to a continuing undergraduate student, CA resident, majoring in animal science with an interest in dairy cattle or livestock with a preference for dairy, and demonstrated leadership skills (which may include athletics).

Greta Breedlove Ross Scholarship

Greta Breedlove Ross and her husband, Robert Wiley Ross were killed in a tragic accident several months after their wedding in 1985. At the time of their deaths, Robert was completing work on his master's degree in Civil Engineering and Greta was completing her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. This scholarship was created by their parents, family and friends to commemorate their memory and their relationship with UC Davis. It is given to a senior undergraduate, who is studying Animal Science and interested in animal genetics or related fields.

Howard and Ida Vaughn Scholarship

The Vaughns were residents of Dixon and progressive leaders in the sheep industry. Mr. Vaughn served as a president of the National Wool Growers Association. Their fondness for the Davis campus resulted in the establishment of this endowed scholarship program in 1965. It is restricted to students majoring in one of the fields of production agriculture, including agricultural economics.

Elmer H. Hughes Scholarship

Professor Hughes was a faculty member and former Chairman of the UC Davis Department of Animal Husbandry. His colleagues, friends, and students contributed to establish this endowment in his memory in 1952. It is restricted to entering freshmen who are studying animal science.

Lewis Clark Starr Scholarship

Lewis Clark Starr was a UC Davis student in animal science and agricultural education in the 1930s. He tragically lost his life shortly after the completion of his education in 1939. The endowment supporting the scholarship was established by Mr. Starr's family. Recipients must have a major interest in animal husbandry.


Course Material Fee Waiver

If you find  yourself in a situation where you are unable to for course material fees, and can provide documentation demonstrating a recent hardship (e.g. birth certificate for a new dependent, job layoff notice), you may apply for a course material fee waiver. Please complete the form, and submit it to the Department of Animal Science by the 20-day drop date of the quarter in which you are submitting the form.

Student Request for Course Material Fee Waiver

Note: Please be sure to speak with the Office of Financial Aid if you are experiencing financial hardship.