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IDEA Scholars Program

The goal of the Jacobs School's IDEA Scholars Program is to foster community building and academic excellence among our top incoming freshman engineering students from diverse backgrounds. As an IDEA Scholar, you will join a select group of students who will serve as ambassadors for the Jacobs School throughout your time at UC San Diego.

Key benefits of being an IDEA Scholar include:

  • Priority Access to Scholarships and Internships
  • Mentoring from Jacobs School Students, Alumni and Faculty
  • Personal, Professional and Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Involvement in Undergraduate Research
  • Networking Opportunities with Companies
  • IDEA Scholar Medal Upon Graduation

Furthermore, you are guaranteed a place in the Summer Pre-Engineering Program, which is a FREE 5-day residential program designed for all IDEA Scholars.

As a cohort, IDEA Scholars will follow an Academic Enrichment Plan, specially designed to promote your academic success. The IDEA Scholars Requirements outlines the academic requirements for this program, as well as numerous opportunities for you to engage in your engineering community.

Apply now to be an IDEA Scholar

Current IDEA Scholars