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The Associated Students UCLA is committed to improving student life on campus and to helping students succeed in their academic, social, and cultural development. ASUCLA proudly offers these achievement-based and need-based scholarships designed to help UCLA undergraduates attain academic success. With each award, ASUCLA honors the legacies of those individuals after whom the scholarships are named. Below are brief descriptions of each award along with relevant contact information.

William C. Ackerman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Affectionately known as “Mr. A”, Bill Ackerman gave his entire life to UCLA students, from his graduation in 1924 until his death in 1988. As head of Associated Students UCLA, as an NCAA award-winning tennis coach, as adviser, confident and friend, “Mr. A” left an indelible mark on generations of UCLA students.

Fittingly, the William C. Ackerman Memorial Scholarship Fund honors UCLA students who exhibit the exceptional leadership qualities evidenced by Bill Ackerman. By granting multi-year scholarships to students who demonstrate qualities of leadership, ASUCLA ensures that Bill Ackerman’s spirit, as well as his name, will be remembered and honored.

The Ackerman Scholarship falls under the Freshman Scholarship Program administered by the UCLA Alumni Association. The scholarship is awarded to one state finalist in the Freshman Program.

An application and additional information is available to interested students at the UCLA Alumni Association website: or students may call the UCLA Alumni Association directly at 310-825-2586.

ASUCLA – George Oliver, Jr. Award

The ASUCLA-Oliver Award promotes and rewards leadership in debate and public speaking about pressing public policy issues. The Award supports the instructional and competitive Forensic activities for UCLA students and is administered through the Department of Speech and Communications.

The first Oliver was awarded to a UCLA student in 1946 for her skills as an orator, debater, and as a leader. Recipients of this award join a host of previous winners, many who have gone on to distinguished careers in public service.

The ASUCLA-Oliver awards are presented each May at the annual reception for current and past members of the UCLA Speech and Debate program. For more information, please contact Professor Tom Miller of the UCLA Department of Speech and Communications at 310-825-3303.

The Nell and John R. Wooden Scholarship

For 27 years, John Robert Wooden graced UCLA by establishing a tradition of excellence both on and off the basketball court. While he may be best remembered as the architect who crafted UCLA’s ten national basketball championships, to those who know him or have followed his life and philosophy, he is seen as so much more – a teacher, mentor and role model.

This scholarship is a reflection of Coach Wooden’s values and his life. It will be awarded on the basis of financial need to a deserving undergraduate student with a preference to students studying English or with an interest in Literature. The committee that will review and recommend individuals for the scholarship will include student representatives from the Associated Students UCLA.

For more information, please visit the UCLA Alumni Association website: or students may call the UCLA Alumni Association directly at 310-825-2586.