Awards and Scholarships

Goss Academic Achievement Award

African American and African Studies (AAS) is an interdisciplinary field of study in the humanities, arts and social science that is devoted to the history, culture, and politics of African descent communities worldwide. The department supports many groups and organizations dedicated to the academic and social needs of African American and African Studies majors and African Diaspora students at UC Davis in general.

The African American and African Studies Department at UC Davis is proud to announce the competition for this year's Goss Academic Achievement Award. Through this award, AAS majors can receive $1000. This award cycle is currently open to upperclassmen (Juniors and Seniors). The application link is at the bottom of this page.

The History of the Goss Academic Achievement Award

Darryl and Lois Goss are African American alumni of UC Davis: Darryl earned a B.A. in African-American Studies in 1983, and Lois earned a B.A. in Sociology in 1985. Through their generous donations and continued support of the African American and African Studies Department, we have created the AAS Goss Academic Achievement Award to reward those students who excel academically, while demonstrating a commitment to student involvement and advocacy on behalf of African American & African Studies.

The AAS Goss Academic Achievement Award provides recognition and financial assistance to the education of outstanding AAS Majors who are engaged in undergraduate research focusing in some way upon issues relevant to African descent communities throughout the worldwide Diaspora.

The Goss Award was also created to potentially increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline of African American and African Studies. Because of the breadth of its subject matter, the AAS area of study is applicable to a wide range of career paths: education, the arts, journalism, government, politics, communications, social work, and business.

Scholarship Criteria

The major criteria are the following:

• The Student is enrolled as a Full-Time Student at UCD

• The Student has a minimum of a 3.2 grade point average (Must have a UC Davis GPA)

• The Student will graduate as an AAS Major (or double major)

• The Student has shown campus student and/or community involvement

• Available in May for awards ceremony with Mr. and Mrs. Goss, the AAS department, and possibly Black Graduation. Students must be on campus beyond Winter Quarter.

2022 Application Link:

***Deadline - March 21st at 11:59pm***

If you have any questions, please contact the AAS SAO, Kat Ampaw-Matthei, at