Scholarship Program

Mike Puritz

Mike Puritz retired in 2015 after 35 years of service to UCI and 19 years of service to Staff Assembly.

The Mike Puritz Staff Assembly Career Enhancement Scholarship Program

2019-20 Scholarship Application process is closed.

Please check back on April 15, 2020 for the 2020-2021 Application Period.

Scholarship Program Objective
Through donations from staff, faculty, and the community, this program helps UC Irvine career staff employees continue to impact their career and UCI by furthering their educational goals, whether in pursuit of an academic degree, Continuing Education courses, workshops, webinars, conferences or other classes.

Who is Eligible?
The UCI Staff Assembly Scholarship opportunity is offered to all full-time or part-time UC Irvine career staff employees who have completed their six-month probationary period. Qualified career development training activities include courses, seminars, webinars, and conferences. Items not eligible for scholarship funding are travel or other incidental expenses (such as food, parking, lodging, etc.), courses required to maintain a current license or board certification, and any training paid by or reimbursed from University funds or other organizations.

Application Deadline
Each year, the application deadline is open from April 15 to May 15 for reimbursement for coursework to be completed between July 1 of that year and June 30 of the following year. Notification of the scholarship award will be via email before June 30.

Applicants are required to utilize UC Irvine employee discounts for UC and Continuing Education courses. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Qualifying Process
At the end of application period, the Scholarship Committee will determine the number of scholarships to be awarded based on the funds available for the current year as well as “seeding” the fund for future years. All scholarship reimbursements are limited to no more than $500 each. The Committee will review applications to verify eligibility.

If the number of eligible applications exceeds the funding available, award recipients will be based on a random selection process. The Scholarship Committee may, at its discretion, agree upon and award up to three especially deserving “Committee Awards” not to exceed $500 each among the qualified applications.

If the number of eligible applications is fewer than the funding available, excess funds will be reserved and awarded in the following year. Actual award amounts are not to exceed $500 per individual, per year, and are based on the cost of fees, books, or other directly related expenses that will be reimbursed once receipts are provided within 60 days of completion of the course. The Committee may, at its discretion, reserve any partial funds not used for the following year or apply them to partial scholarships.

Recipients will be notified of their final award amount within 45 days of the close of the application period. To collect their award, they have 60 days following the completion of the course to submit 1) an official grade report or other applicable documentation showing course completion, and 2) original receipts demonstrating proof of payment for course, registration fees, and/or books. Employees who miss this deadline will forfeit their award and monies will be returned to the fund for future scholarships.

Scholarship Recipients

Claudia Campos           Christine Lazok-Torres
Jana Cheng                  Alexa Lopez
Elizabeth Craney          Gerald Parham
Denise Davis                Jose Sanchez
Jenina Del Campo       Amanda Valbuena
Gloria Guzman           Ashley Valdivia

Eric Allton                      Grace Lee
Evelyn Anderson           Shruti Mukkamala
Kate Hsieh                     Megan Ostovarpour
Dannielle Lampkin        Jon Sloan
David Tang                    Mei-Hui Wang

Wendy Blanco               Kerri Covert
Ryan Foland                  Michael Huang
Kelly Kraus-Lee            Jennifer Maitland
Jorge Padilla                 Brandy Stewart
Qc Tran                         Chris Wong

Rita Frerk
Lou Illagan
Cecilia Melgoza

Connie Cheng
Darren Endo

Fundraising Events – 3rd Wednesday of every month
Sept. 18 – Blaze Pizza (50%) – flyer
Oct. 16 – Blaze Pizza (50%) – flyer
Nov. 20 – Blaze Pizza (50%) – flyer
Dec. 18 – Blaze Pizza (50%) – flyer

The Staff Assembly Career Enhancement Scholarship Program relies on fundraising and donations from UC Irvine faculty, staff, retirees and the community. We would like to thank those who have supported our program by participating in our fundraising events and through donations.

Interested in supporting fellow colleagues to succeed at UC Irvine? Whether it is a one-time donation or monthly contributions automatically deducted from your paycheck, your support at any level is very much appreciated. Your donation may be tax-deductible; please consult your tax adviser.

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Create a Monthly Automatic Payroll Deduction Donation by downloading and completing this form (minimum $5 per paycheck). Please note: If donors have a current Payroll Deduction pledge, they cannot create a new pledge until their current pledge is paid off. The Payroll Office does not currently support this.


The Scholarship Committee welcomes any member of Staff Assembly to participate in its fundraising and selection efforts. Please contact Sandy Lee to learn more.

Sandy Nga Lee ’99, The Paul Merage School of Business (Chair)
Leora Fellus, SOM – Academic Affairs
Jaclyn Kung, Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Science
Mike Puritz, Emeritus
Chuck Villanueva, Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences
Briandy Walden, Office of Information Technology