UCSB PBS Undergraduate wins award for outstanding GPA

June 08, 2015

Caroline Mecartea, Oak Park, psychology and communication, will receive cash prize ($7,000) from the defunct Santa Barbara City Club, whose members decades ago created the program out of a desire to reward the campus’s top female grads for their academic efforts and achievements.

The City Club Prize, believed to be one of the largest undergraduate cash awards in the nation, is divided annually among the highest academically achieving women majoring in a social science at UCSB. As identified by a computer, the women with the top six grade-point averages in the social sciences receive the cash prizes, in amounts based on their individual rankings. The awards generally come as a complete surprise to the recipients, who may spend the money however they wish.