The George A. Miller Scholars Program provides outstanding community college transfer students the opportunity to develop leadership and research or community service skills and put them into 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. Due to the small size of the cohort, students receive personal attention and guidance that helps them transition to Berkeley, succeed academically, and develop skills to bring their interests and career goals together. 

The scholars receive an $8,000 stipend over two years, including $2,600 in the summer. Once selected they pick between two tracks: academic research or community service.  


 The program has three parts: 

  • Year One:  Build academic, research and leadership skills during a weekly credit-bearing class, and form a research question or service project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 
  • Summer: Conduct research or perform a community service project and present the findings to the in-coming Miller Scholars cohort.
  • Year Two: Graduate school application preparation and job search skills.

The Miller Scholars Program also offers an optional Summer Writing Program that helps scholars polish their writing skills before entering Berkeley.