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The California Alumni Association
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Founded in 1872, the California Alumni Association (CAA) is the primary vehicle by which the university maintains contact with its alumni. It also uses the talents and support of its members to serve current students.

Bear Connections makes alumni available for career advice, information interviews, and networking. In addition, CAA has a network of student-run programs that offer leadership experience and career, social, and community-service opportunities.

The Alumni Leadership Scholar-ship Program awards approximately $1 million annually to some 1,000 undergraduates who demonstrate strong extracurricular leadership skills. CAA also sponsors the Achievement Award, a need- and merit-based financial award for selected entering students who have participated in UC-affiliated outreach programs.

Beyond the campus, CAA serves more than 95,000 alumni members, providing them with the California magazine, Lair of the Bear summer camp, Bear Treks educational group travel, regional clubs, career networking, and more. Many parents give their students a CAA membership as a graduation gift. Cal alumni can look to CAA for career networking, continuing education, social gatherings, and opportunities for volunteer work for their alma mater. In return, many alumni and parents participate in student outreach and mentoring programs and host special events for alumni around the world.

Through the Cal Advocacy Program, CAA also offers parents a chance to join alumni in voicing their support for UC to top decision makers in government. Learn more about the program.

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