In 2016-2017, the Berkeley-Haas School of Business has awarded approximately $3.5 million in scholarships to entering students in the Full-Time MBA program. Listed below are the scholarships available for Full-time MBA students along with the essay question for each. Most Haas Scholarships requires completion of our Haas Online Application to be considered. Depending on the scholarship, a supplemental personal statement is often required. Unless otherwise noted, the following are all two-year awards, one quarter of which is disbursed at the beginning of each semester.
Our recommendation is that you begin to research available scholarships as you are preparing for the interview process. Award descriptions, essay prompts and required supplemental materials are all noted on our website starting and align with what you will need to submit once the application is open to you upon admission.
We strongly encourage prospective students, for whom scholarships are a major decision factor, to apply for admission sooner rather than later. Funding for some scholarships is limited and will be fully awarded early in the financial aid cycle. With the exception of the need-based Berkeley MBA Grant, scholarship committees may take into consideration the admissions application for the scholarships below.
An admitted student may submit a scholarship application by any of the review dates posted on the New Admit Website, regardless of the round in which they were admitted. The review dates are designed to allow us to provide application results before admits must submit their deposit. However, funding is limited and is not guaranteed in later rounds. Deadlines are subject to change.
Additional criteria may be used to select the best recipient among qualified applicants including the application questions, personal statement, and additional documents if applicable. Please note that meeting the stated criteria does not mean you are guaranteed funds; rather, it means you are eligible for consideration.
Please note that the need-based Berkeley MBA Grant, in addition to the online scholarship application, requires you to submit your most recent 1040 form (signed and dated) or equivalent tax return. If you have not filed yet for 2016, submit the 2015 tax form to us. If you have filed your 2016 tax return, you must submit the 2016 tax form to us. The same methodology applies to foreign tax returns and their respective tax years. More details noted below.
Here are the 2017 review dates for all Haas scholarship applications.
The Berkeley MBA Grant for $20,000 to $60,000 is awarded to students based primarily on significant financial need.
The Dean's Fellowships of $120,000 are awarded based on the applicants who embody the defining principles.
The Haas Achievement Awards of $50,000 are awarded to individuals who have achieved tremendous success in spite of significant economic, educational, health-related, or other obstacles.
The Diversity Scholarships of $50,000 are awarded based on proven ability to promote diversity.
Provided by the generosity of Mr. Michael Torres. This one-year $10,000 fellowship is awarded to an MBA student who are US citizens with demonstrated leadership and commitment to diversity, preference for California high school graduates and first-generation college students.
The Institute for Business & Social Impact (IBSI) brings together four major Haas School centers and programs to train leaders to build a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable society. Three major fellowships are associated with IBSI: Jacobs Foundation Fellowship, Spivack Social Impact Fellowship, and Center for Responsible Business (CRB) Fellowships. These fellowships utilize a common application for evaluation and candidate selection that is coordinated by IBSI. Applicants may apply for any combination of the IBSI coordinated fellowships (including all).
The Jacobs Foundation Fellowships of $180,000 are awarded to individuals pursuing a career in social impact, with special focus on the challenges of successful economic development for bottom-of-the-pyramid producers in emerging market economies. Fellows will have the opportunities to engage with the Jacobs Foundation via their talent network and conferences.
Successful applicants will effectively convey their experience, demonstrated leadership, and innovation in an area such as education, health, or rural/agricultural development in Africa or other developing economies. Additionally, successful applicants will effectively describe their entrepreneurial vision for interlinking business with social impact. A minimum of 3-5 years of work experience is required. Preference will be given to students who can speak French and have experience working or volunteering in Africa, especially West Africa. More information is available on the current fellows and on the talent network for the foundation.
The Spivack Social Impact Fellowship of $60,000 will be used to support MBA students at the Haas School of Business demonstrating experience and pursuing a career in social impact. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate interests in issues of social entrepreneurship, innovation, economic empathy, social impact in the supply chain for consumer/home products, and the living wage. The successful applicants will consider how they are redefining business to be more equitable, empathetic and effective - and how they hope to further develop this approach after completing their MBA at Haas.
The Center for Responsible Business Fellowship of $20,000 is awarded to students who best demonstrate their commitment to responsible and sustainable business and their desire to engage with and support the Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley-Haas. Each year, one candidate is selected earning the title “CRB Fellow.” This individual serves as a point person between the Center for Responsible Business and the Haas student body and receives an automatic placement on the CRB Student Advisory Board to help set the agenda for the CRB. The successful applicants will best consider how the Center for Responsible Business will support their aspirations and how they intend to further the mission of the CRB to “develop leaders who redefine business for a sustainable future.”
Established in memory of Brian L. Maxwell through the generosity of Jennifer Maxwell. The Maxwell Fellowship of $80,000 is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to create and implement innovative projects, products, and ideas. For more information please visit their website.
Provided by the generosity of Mike Meyer and Carol Meyer. This $20,000 scholarship is for students with an undergraduate degree in the fields of engineering or science as well as students who intend to pursue an entrepreneurial career.
The CJ White Fellowship of up to $50,000 is awarded to MBA students pursuing careers in finance.
The Haas Marketing Scholarship of $50,000 is awarded to MBA students pursuing careers in Marketing.
Provided by the generosity of David and Kay Aacker. This two year fellowship for $50,000 will support high-achieving graduate students who are pursuing careers in marketing with a special interest in brand marketing or brand development. Students applying for the Haas Marketing Scholarship may submit this essay for that application as well.
These scholarships are awarded directly by the Admissions Committee and do not require a separate application. Recipients are selected based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, overall strength of the application for admission and leadership qualities. All admitted students are eligible for consideration and individual scholarships will be awarded up to $30,000. Notification may occur at any point after admission.
Provided by the generosity of Dr. Dato' Sri Tahir. This scholarship for $40,000 is awarded to international students with a preference for those who completed their undergraduate education in Asia.
Provided by the generosity of Steve Tirado. This is a scholarship that is awarded based on proven ability to promote diversity. Award is dependent upon available payout. Last year's pay out was $5,000.
Provided by the generosity of alumnus John Natt (MBA '69). $20,000 will be awarded to an MBA student who has received his or her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. Award dependent on endowment payout available.
Provided by the generosity of Ms. Roberta Sung in honor of Song Feiqing. Song founded the Dongya Corporation which developed into one of the most important powerhouses of the Chinese textile industry. This is a $15,000 award to support high-achieving FTMBA students with preference to students who represent the international community, preferably China, and who intend to pursue business opportunities either in China, or in other parts of Southeast Asia, after graduation.
Provided by the generosity of Joseph and Denise Jimenez. This is a one year award for $2,500 to support high-achieving graduate students that are US citizens who demonstrate financial need and are in the MBA Program.
Provided by the generosity of Mr. Tomek Ulatowski. This Fellowship will cover up to the cost of tuition and fees and will be awarded to students who completed their undergraduate degree in Poland with a preference for those intending to return to Poland after graduation.
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a matching fund option for U.S. military veterans who served at least 36 months and qualify for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit. This scholarship does not require a personal statement. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is required, with an email request for participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The difference covered between CA Resident and Non-CA resident fees is approximately $1,551.
Finance Fellowships: These fellowships are for first year Full-time MBA students pursuing careers in the three finance areas below. Recipients will receive an industry mentor, preference in finance electives, and a $5,000 award disbursed in the spring of the first year. Students maintain the benefits of the fellowship the second year after successfully completing an internship in the area for which they were selected, and remaining in good standing, both academically and professionally. Please check out the Haas News Wire for a feature on the 2016 recipients. Finalists will be contacted by the committee for an interview. Application opens September 6, 2017 and the deadline is September 28, 2017. Decisions will be communicated October 20, 2017.