The James and Leta Fulmor Scholarship is the most prestigious merit-based award offered specifically to entering first-year students in the College of Letters and Science.
Scholarship recipients are selected using information solely from the UC Application for Admission, and based on their academic accomplishments and promise to succeed. No other documentation (including letters of recommendation) is required nor will be accepted. Award notices follow shortly after offers of admission, and can be viewed and accepted on MyAwards.
The Fulmor Scholarship is a $7,500 annual award, disbursed over three quarters, and may be renewed up to three additional years. Another benefit of the scholarship includes an invitation to participate in the University Honors Program (UHP) — a tight-knit, living-learning community in which students connect with high-potential and high-achieving peers and have access to unique leadership and co-curricular experiences. Fulmor Scholars who participate in UHP will also receive priority registration, extended library privileges and honors transcript notation.
Fulmor Scholarship recipients do not need to reapply for scholarships each year for their award to renew, but they must remain eligible. The following are minimum requirements for the scholarship:
- A major in the College of Letters and Science.
- A 3.25 cumulative UC GPA (calculated quarterly).
- Full-time enrollment.
- Maintain good academic standing.
Any changes to these conditions should be shared with the Undergraduate Scholarship Office as soon as possible. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements (excluding a major in a different college) may be offered two probationary, regular academic-year quarters to rectify any deficiency.
Meet the Scholars
Below are profiles of a few of our Class of 2024 Fulmor Scholars.
Undeclared – Social Science
Receiving the Fulmor Scholarship gave me the confidence to pursue a UC education and begin my college journey. Through this honor, I'm reminded that my skills and presence are valued here at UC Davis. The scholarship funding has lifted such a significant financial burden from my shoulders that I can envision a future where I pursue graduate studies.
Because of this scholarship, I have more time to focus on college life rather than making ends meet so I'm able to prioritize my studies and cultivate connections with peers and instructors. Being in the University Honors Program, particularly the living-learning community, has given me the small campus feel I didn't expect at a large research university.
Haylie Ann Cruz Cantiller
San Pablo, California
Since the day I realized I wanted to study design, UC Davis has been my dream school. When I received my admission notice, and then the Fulmor Scholarship award letter, I danced for joy. As a child of immigrant parents and a first-generation student, I'm grateful that this scholarship has reduced the financial burden on me and my family.
I chose to participate in the University Honors Program (UHP) anticipating the smaller classes and access to even the most unique and desirable courses through priority registration. But UHP has offered so much more, including a more personal undergraduate experience and access to amazing faculty and peers. Through UHP, I feel appreciated, welcomed and inspired to continue to work hard.
Being a Fulmor Scholar is an honor, and, therefore, I'm reminded daily to give my best effort in all things. The scholarship brings me closer to achieving my dreams of being in the fashion industry, and as a Filipinx woman, I hope to inspire others to strive to pursue their own passions.
Jennifer Chavez Valencia
As a first-generation student from a low-income household, receiving the Fulmor Scholarship meant so much to me. College seemed out of the question, even with multiple admission offers, until I received the notice that I was awarded this scholarship from the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis.
Receiving this award has definitely alleviated some of the stress that I anticipated–my mental health is better as I am able to get more rest while also allowing me more time to focus on my schoolwork. The priority registration benefit of participating in the University Honors program is a stress reducer, too, since I'm able to choose the classes I need, when I need them.
As a Fulmor Scholar, I'm motivated to be the best version of myself, academically and mentally, every day. I'm also reminded that my scholarship is due to someone else's generosity, and I hope to be able to give back to my own community in the years to come.
Cinema and Digital Media
Being awarded the James and Leta Fulmor Scholarship was one of the main reasons why I decided to attend UC Davis. And as first-generation, low-income student, this award means the world to me since it relieves a large burden from my parents, and I know that I can graduate with little to no debt.
My plan is to add an art studio double major, and I expect that the scholarship will help fund the additional material fees and supplies needed for this degree. Having priority registration through UHP will also help ensure I get the classes I need, and allow me to graduate on-time.
In my University Honors Program classes so far, I've learned so much and have been able to practice my creative and critical thinking skills while working on projects with real-life applications. Everyone in UHP is enthusiastic towards their own studies that it has motivated me to work harder, as well.
I come from a low-income family and am the first to pursue higher education, so the Fulmor Scholarship from the College of Letters and Science offered me the opportunity to attend a top-tier university like UC Davis. I was offered admission to other schools, but the Fulmor Scholarship was one of the main reasons I chose to come here, and I'm so happy I did.
Not only has the scholarship eased the financial burden, but I've been better able to focus on my studies and concentrate in my classes. I also chose to live in the UHP residence hall, and have been able to get to know other honors students both in-person and online. It is nice to know that there will be a familiar face in at least one of my classes each quarter.
I'm following my dreams, thanks to the support of the James and Leta Fulmor Scholarship.
The Fulmor Scholarship removed the financial burden of attending a university, and coupled with the caliber of the academics here, was what solidified my decision to attend. I'm very thankful that I can focus on my studies without worrying about future debt.
Participating in the University Honors Program has been an amazing experience. I've been able to meet and build relationships with like-minded peers, and priority registration allows me to take the classes that are important to me.
Being a Fulmor Scholar has absolutely improved my experience at UC Davis, helps to ensure my academic success, and assists me towards reaching my goals every day.