Why and How

Support ARCS Foundation, Orange County

Why Give?

A gift to ARCS Foundation Orange County is an opportunity to contribute to America’s scientific and economic future by supporting the best of our nation’s science and engineering graduate students. For corporations, foundations and individuals, ARCS Foundation provides a unique and cost-effective method to provide direct support for the most promising scholars at UC Irvine.

When making a contribution to the ARCS Scholar Award Fund, you can know that 100 percent of each contribution is awarded to a student without deductions for administrative overhead.

A donation of a full scholar award ($5000) allows the donor to name the scholar award and select a recipient school at UC Irvine.

100 percent of all money solicited/raised for scholar awards and earned interests go directly to the scholars. The scholars are supported for two years providing they maintain their GPA. The chapter does not support postdoctoral studies.

Donations to the Scholar Award Fund received during the academic year (July 1 - June 30) are distributed to the scholars the following academic year.

How can I support ARCS OC?

Scholar Award Fund

Gifts of any size to the Scholar Award Fund support our scholars. There are special opportunities to fund named scholar awards. To make a donation online, just click here.

Gifts of Stock

Your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock. Please use our Donor Letter of Securities Transfer form. Contact us with questions, and please notify ARCS Foundation at orangecounty@arcsfoundation.org prior to gifting stock in order to allow for a timely handling to maximize its value.


Corporations and individual donors support ARCS Foundation Orange County by underwriting the annual Scholar Awards Luncheon at various levels. See sponsor levels on the Donors and Sponsors page.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many corporations encourage their associates to contribute to qualifying charitable organizations. A matching gift program offers a way to double associates’ contributions to their favorite charitable organization and thus improve their communities. You can contact your employer to determine if they will match your donation to ARCS Foundation Orange County. All matching gift contributions go to the Scholar Awards Fund unless designated otherwise.

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What to do?

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