The Valerie Upham Future of Neurology Scholarship

Who Can Apply

Graduating high school students who are residents of University City in San Diego, California or attend UCHS.

Scholarship Information

The Valerie Upham Neurology Scholarship was created in 2022 to support the academic achievement of University City residents and to support the next generation studying medicine or science. In the second year hosting this scholarship, we are looking to recognize one student from the neighborhood who is continuing their education beyond high school and who embodies the qualities of a good student and good neighbor. Being a good neighbor can be so many different things. Share with us your passions, accomplishments, and what inspires you to follow this passion.

The fund was established by Valerie and Todd Upham who are raising their children in University City. They designed this scholarship in gratitude to this wonderful neighborhood and its residents that have enhanced their lives and business. Their family has personally been impacted by dementia, cancer, and other neurological conditions. Valerie finds the brain fascinating and would like to contribute toward the education of someone with aspirations in medicine or science.



Applicants must:

  • Be a resident of the 92122-zip code or a student at UCHS.
  • Be eligible for graduation in the year in which the scholarship is awarded
  • Have achieved a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Be planning to pursue undergraduate study in science or medicine at a two-year or four-year college or university in Fall of 2023.
  • Award recipient agrees to appear in social media announcement of award as well as advertising for next year's scholarship.


There will be one award of $1,000 given this year.


Review Criteria

The committee will review requests for scholarships according to the following criteria:

  • Individual motivation

  • Community service

  • Intention to study Medicine or Science relating to brain function

  • Commitment


Completed application will be accepted April 5th to May 25th. Recipient will be notified the 1st week of June.

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