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.
The BEEHIVE is the club's most important annual fundraising event, held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Kensington. Profits fund our Cal student philanthropies. Enjoy a delicious lunch and bid on unique items in the silent auction or buy from the jewelry and collectibles table.
Here are some pictures of 2022 Silent Auction items.
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 (S.O.S.) 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 Scholarship 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 Emily Ladner, Treasurer
Opportunities to Volunteer for Students
The Beehive Luncheon and Silent Auction in February, our yearly fundraiser, always need volunteers.
Information for Students in Need
The University Section Club can only approve grants to registered Cal Students but do not receive grant requests directly from students. We have liaisons with the counselors at Cesar Chavez and social workers at the Tang Center who confirm the status of students applying for grants. The counselors and social workers have worked closely with us for many years. Please talk to one of them and if applicable they will apply for you. If approved, we will send the counselor or social worker a check and the student will go to pick it up from them.
Services Offered Students (S.O.S.) Campus Liaisons (partial list): The Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3), Disabled Students’ Program, University Health Services (Tang Center), University Village (Family Housing).
CE 3 includes Berkeley Hope Scholars, Cal Veteran Services Center, Educational Opportunity Program, Miller Scholars, Re-entry Student Program, Student Parent Center, Student Support Services, Transfer Student Center, Undocumented Student Program
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