Financial Aid

Entering Students

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.

Applying for scholarships at Haas as a newly admitted student:

 

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.

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

Visit our FAQ page for additional information or contact us directly.

 

Click here to access: The Haas Online Scholarship Application

Here are the 2017 review dates for all Haas scholarship applications.

 

Berkeley-Haas Fellowships & Scholarships for admitted students:

The following Berkeley-Haas Scholarships are only open to admitted student. Most require supplemental information and specifics are identified below. The admissions application will play a different role for each award. Students may apply to as many awards as they are eligible for.

 

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Need Based

Berkeley MBA Grant

    The Berkeley MBA Grant for $20,000 to $60,000 is awarded to students based primarily on significant financial need.

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Submit all documents as one PDF file only. Include documentation for self and spouse/partners where applicable. If your documents contain an SSN or other sensitive data, you must black it out before you upload it into our system.
    • PERSONAL STATEMENT: Please explain any special circumstances if applicable. Provide details as needed on any resources listed in the application, or not captured in the resources section. Limit your response to 200 words.
    • INCOME VERIFICATION: 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 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.
    • You are required to upload the following documentation once you submit this application as follows:
      • Year to date earnings for 2016
        • Employer verification for calendar year 2016
        • Pay stub with totals or W2
      • Completed Federal Tax return
        • Pre-April 2017: submit return for 2015
        • Post-April 2017: submit return for 2016
      • Statements for all assets noted for the last 3 months starting as of the end of this application
    • A note for International Applicants - If you are not required to file a tax return, please provide us with an earnings statement. If you have filed taxes outside of the US, provide a copy of your federal tax return as well as a translation of the following items from your return or asset statements,if applicable:
      • Total Earned Income
      • Other Income
      • Adjusted Gross Income
      • Total Tax Paid
      • Dates and Balances on Asset Statements

Leadership & Overcoming Adversity

Dean's Fellowship

    The Dean's Fellowships of $120,000 are awarded based on the applicants who embody the defining principles.

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
    • PERSONAL STATEMENT: Our mission at Berkeley-Haas is to develop leaders who embody our defining principles and redefine how we do business. How do you embody our Defining Principles? Please demonstrate your strong potential for business, economic, or governmental leadership in your home country. How will Haas serve as a catalyst for that potential compared to other schools to which you have been admitted? Limit your response to 500 words.

Haas Achievement Scholarship

    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.

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
    • PERSONAL STATEMENT: Describe the significant obstacle or hardship you have faced in your life (i.e., economic, health-related, environmental, discriminatory, etc.). How did this impact you? How did you achieve success in spite of this adversity? How has it changed you going forward? Limit your response to 500 words.

Diversity Scholarship

    The Diversity Scholarships of $50,000 are awarded based on proven ability to promote diversity.

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
    • PERSONAL SATEMENT: Diversity can facilitate new ideas and help create a competitive edge. Diversity can stem from racial and ethnic differences, unique industry or job function, geographic location, gender balance, religious beliefs and more. How have you promoted a diverse environment in the workplace and in business, through your professional or personal experience? Limit your response to 500 words.

The Coan Torres Family Fellowship

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.

  • SUPPLEMANTAL INFORMATION:
    • PERSONAL STATEMENT: Please define the difference between a leader and a follower, using an experience in your life. Please limit your response to 350 words.

Institute for Business & Social Impact (IBSI) Coordinated Fellowships

    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).

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
    • RESUME: Please upload an updated resume with your application
    • PERSONAL STATEMENT: In 750 words or less, please tell us about your past experiences and future aspirations to utilize business to develop innovative solutions to urgent social and environmental challenges. The successful applicant will closely review the fellowship descriptions below and carefully tailor their responses based upon the fellowship(s) that best matches their interests.
    • Finalists will be asked to be available for an interview via Skype, "Blue Jeans", or in person. Interviews for the first review date will be held between April 11-13, 2017.

Jacobs Foundation Fellowship

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.

Spivack Social Impact Fellowship

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.


Center for Responsible Business (CRB) Fellowship

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.”

 

Industry Scholarships/Fellowships

Entrepreneurship

Brian Maxwell Fellowship

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.

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
    • RESUME: Please upload an updated resume with your application
    • ESSAYS (3 TOTAL, 500 Words max per essay)
      • How would you benefit from receiving this fellowship?
      • One of Brian's memorable quotes was "Conquer yourself, live your passions, innovate and make a difference." If you could have had a conversation with Brian, What would you have discussed?
      • What makes you an innovator, an entrepreneur? What has inspired you to pursue this path?

    Mike and Carol Meyer Fellowship

    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.

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
    • RESUME: Please upload an updated resume with your application
    • PERSONAL STATEMENT: Entrepreneurship is the creation, or innovation, of products and opportunities. What makes you an innovator, an entrepreneur? Please describe how your background and future goals make you the best fit for this fellowship. Limit your response to 250 words.

    Finance

    CJ White Fellowship

    The CJ White Fellowship of up to $50,000 is awarded to MBA students pursuing careers in finance.

    • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
      • RESUME: Please upload an updated resume with your application
      • PERSONAL STATEMENT: Describe what draws you to the particular segment of finance that interests you, what experiences have prepared you for this pursuit, what opportunities you see at Haas to prepare further, and how you see your career developing over the next ten years. Limit your response to 500 words. Alternatively, if you feel your career goal essay adequately addresses this question, please paste that essay here.

    Marketing

    Haas Marketing Scholarship

    The Haas Marketing Scholarship of $50,000 is awarded to MBA students pursuing careers in Marketing.

    • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
      • RESUME: Please upload an updated resume with your application
      • PERSONAL STATEMENT: Provide examples of how you have excelled in Marketing as well as what your plans are to work in the Marketing industry. Limit your response to 500 words. Alternatively, if you feel your career goal essay adequately addresses this question, please paste that essay into the scholarship application.

    David Aaker Marketing Fellowship

    Provided by the generosity of David and Kay Aaker. 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.

    • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
      • RESUME: Please upload an updated resume with your application
      • PERSONAL STATEMENT: Provide examples of how you have excelled in marketing as well as what your plans are to work in the marketing industry. Successful candidates will speak to their interests in brand marketing or brand development, Limit your response to 500 words. Alternatively, if you feel your career goal essay adequately addresses this question, please paste that essay into the scholarship application.


    The following Haas Scholarships do not require supplemental information and will either be identified by the stated restriction as reported on the admissions application or selected from among admits who submitted an online scholarship application:

     

    The Director's Selection Scholarship

    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.

    The Dr. Tahir Fellowship

    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.

    The Tirado Fellowship

    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.

    The Blue Duck Scholarship

    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.

    The Song Feiqing Fellowship

    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.

    The Jimenez Family Fellowship

    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.

    The Ulatowski Fellowship

    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.

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    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.

     

    Berkeley-Haas Fall Fellowships for new students

    The following Berkeley-Haas Scholarships are only open to new first year students after they enroll at Haas. All require supplemental information and specifics are identified below. Students may apply to as many awards as they are eligible for.

     

    Industry Scholarships/Fellowships:

    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.

    Investment Banking Fellowship

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
    • RESUME: Please upload an updated resume with your application
    • ESSAY: Please discuss the following and limit your response to 500 words.
      • What draws you to Investment Banking (IB) as your career goal?
      • What experiences have prepared you to pursue an internship and career in IB?
      • What you are doing to prepare further?
      • What particular coverage group, product group, and geographies you are most focused on and why?
      • Which firms you are most focused on and why?
      • Where you see yourself in 10 years?

    Investment Management Fellowships and Quantitative Finance Fellowship

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
    • RESUME: Please upload an updated resume with your application
    • ESSAY: Please discuss the following and limit your response to 500 words.
      • What draws you to Investment Management (IM) or Quantitative Finance (QF) as your career goal?
      • What experiences have prepared you to pursue an internship and career in IM or QF?
      • What you are doing to prepare further?
      • What particular sectors (e.g. equities, fixed income, hedge funds, private banking/wealth management, endowment, pension management) or within QF (e.g. global asset allocation, portfolio construction or quant hedge fund strategies), and geographies you are most focused on and why?
      • Which firms you are most focused on and why?
      • If focused on QF, what courses do you intend to take in the MFE Curriculum?
      • Where you see yourself in 10 years?

    Entrepreneurial Finance Fellowship

  • SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
    • RESUME: Please upload an updated resume with your application
    • ESSAY: Please discuss the following and limit your response to 500 words. For purposes of this Fellowship, we define Entrepreneurial Finance as career goals in FinTech, Finance roles at Startups, or VC/Impact Investing.
      • What draws you to Entrepreneurial Finance (EF) as your career goal?
      • What experiences have prepared you to pursue an internship and career in EF?
      • What you are doing to prepare further?
      • What particular role among these areas are you most focused on and why?
      • What are your ideal summer internship and first job after graduation and why?
      • Where you see yourself in 10 years?

    Click here to access: The Haas Online Scholarship Application