Become a Miller Scholar

The George A. Miller Scholars Program provides outstanding community college transfer students the opportunity to develop leadership, research or community service skills and apply them in practice. Each year up to 12 low-income, first-generation students are selected based on their leadership potential, academic excellence, and commitment to community service and education. As a close-knit group of 10-12 students, Miller Scholars benefit from individualized personal attention and guidance that helps them transition to Berkeley, succeed academically, and develop skills to ensure long term success. Miller Scholars receive an $8,000 stipend for two years, including $2,600 in the summer. Miller participants pick between two tracks: academic research or community service.

Eligible students are contacted via email in early June and asked to complete an online application. If you meet the criteria below and have committed to UC Berkeley as a new transfer student, make sure to check you email in-box for the application invite. If you feel you meet the criteria below but did not receive an email from the program you can contact Jennifer Bradford at

Eligibility Checklist
Eligibility Checklist for the Miller Scholars Program.
  • Are you considered low-income?
  • Are you a first generation college student? (The US Department of Education defines first-generation college student as a student who, prior to age 18, did not reside with or receive primary support from, a parent who has received a B.A. degree or its equivalent.)
  • You must be either a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States (or otherwise eligible for Federal Financial Aid) or eligible for the California Dream Act.
Additional Requirements
Additional Requirements for 2018 Miller Applicants
  • You must be transferring to UC Berkeley from a California community college during Fall, 2018.
  • During the summer of 2018, you must be available to spend approximately 20 hours per week on your research or community service project and attend a weekly seminar.
  • You must be willing and able to attend a weekly seminar each semester of the two-year program (Fall, 2018-Spring, 2020). For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Miller Scholars Seminar will be held on Fridays, 2-4 PM.
Financial Requirements
**How to determine if you are considered low-income:
  • If you are considered independent on your taxes, you are considered low-income if your taxable income is less than the amount shown on the table below for your family size.
  • If you are dependent, you are considered low-income if the combined taxable income of you and your parents are less than the amount shown on the table below for your family size.
  • Note: Taxable Income can be found on line 43 in form 1040; line 27 in 1040A; line 6 in 1040EZ.
  • (Low income guidelines in table below from Dept. of Education are effective from January 2018, until further notice)
Low income guidelines
Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,0210 $22,770 $20,940
2 $24,690 $30,870 $28,395
3 $31,170 $38,970 $35,850
4 $37,650 $47,070 $43,305
5 $44,130 $55,170 $50,760
6 $50,610 $63,270 $58,215
7 $57,090 $71,370 $65,670
8 $63,570 $79,470 $73,125