Campus Support


The University Section Club, Inc. is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit and a recognized support organization for the University of California, Berkeley. Many members want to support UC Berkeley’s students and programs. Cal has one of the highest percentages of low-income students in the nation for a research university. Thanks to fundraising and generous contributions from our members, campus life has improved for disabled students, student parents, students with health needs, veterans, international students, and others. The University Section Club offers several ways to help either financially or through volunteer service.

We do not take grant requests directly from students. Campus counselors and

social workers identify and verify students who fit our guidelines for assistance.

Support for Students


Student Grants are awarded on merit. They are given to graduates and undergraduates who are referred by campus staff.  These grants are based on an expectation that a one-time grant will alleviate the student’s unexpected, nonrecurring, financial distress and allow him/her to complete his/her studies.​

Services Offered Students (SOS) administers two student-related programs.  The “Sylvia Elberg Memorial Fund” provides emergency grants directly to an individual student in great need and who has an unanticipated, non-recurring medical, financial or other emergency. SOS also manages the “Fund for Projects or Equipment” providing funds for programs proposed by campus staff. It is hoped that in most instances these grants will act as seed money to stimulate permanent funding from the University and/or other funding resources. 


The University Section Club holds two Endowments. The Section Club I-House Graduate Student Support Fund helps one or two grad students with room and board at I-House. The University Section Club Endowment for Undergraduate Scholarships support need-based undergraduate scholarships. 


If you would like to donate to any of the above programs or endowments, please Donate (online) or make your check out to University Section Club and specify where you wish to direct your gift. Mail check to the address below:

University Section Club, Inc.

Tang Center at UC Berkeley

2222 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, CA 94720-4300

For more information contact Claire Phillips, Treasurer at


Opportunities to Volunteer for Students

December Holiday Party at International House (we hope to resume this event in 2021)

The Beehive Luncheon and Silent Auction, our yearly fundraiser, always need volunteers.

Support for International Students, Visiting Scholars, and their Families


Each year the University Section Club joins the International House in supporting a holiday party in December.  Members of the Section Club work through the fall to create dozens of stuffed bears to present to children at the party.