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CSU Systemwide Scholarships

CSU Systemwide scholarship applications for 2019-2020 are now open!

The CSU Systemwide scholarships are a set of scholarships awarded through the Chancellor's Office to students throughout the California State University system. Each scholarship has its own application and set of eligibility criteria, so make sure to review the information below carefully. All recipients of any of the CSU Systemwide scholarships listed below must maintain full-time enrollment for 2019-2020.

Application submission deadline is April 8, 2019.

 

CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation established an endowed scholarship fund in 1984 to honor William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst newspaper chain. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to create the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Contributions from CSU Trustees and private donors increase the value and number of available awards. Special named scholarships will be awarded by the selection committee based on criteria such as studying in the STEM or education fields, veterans, and exemplary community service.

The awards recognize students who have overcome adversity, demonstrated financial need, and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000), the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000), and the Reed Scholarship ($7,500). Scholarships will be awarded up to the number of funding available. At minimum twenty-three scholarships will be awarded. Most scholarships will be $6,000. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must demonstrate superior academic performance with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate or graduate student in any major field at a CSU campus and remain a CSU full-time equivalent student during the academic year.

Application Requirements

  • CSU Trustee's Award for Outstanding Achievement Applicant Information form (PDF)
    • Please make sure that your name is properly spelled the way you want it to appear in the public biographies and photos
  • A current Unofficial College Transcript including all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed
  • A brief Personal Statement describing your
    1. Background
    2. Challenges you have encountered
    3. Personal achievements
    4. Educational pursuits
    5. Community service, reflecting a commitment to education and to the community
    6. Goals and aspirations for the future
  • Two letters of reference from individuals, such as teachers/professors, counselors, or community leaders, who can attest to your meritorious performance and personal strengths and assess your potential for success.
    • One of the letters of reference must be from an academic instructor

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact us at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline

Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students

The Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students was established in 1991 by Mr. Schoettler, who was a successful businessman from Mountain View, California and blind the last eight years of his life. The scholarship supports students who have a visual disability with preference to legally blind students. The CSU Foundation will continue to accept applications year-round. The Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students provides up to 37 $10,000 scholarships each year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must currently have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale during the academic year in which the award is received.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in 6.1 units or more as a CSU undergraduate or graduate student in any major field and must remain enrolled in 6.1 units or more during the academic year in which the award is received.
  • Applicants must have a visual disability and provide verification from a medical health professional, which includes the best corrected visual acuity notations.
    • Please note that the disability must be such that it impedes the educational process and necessitates accommodations, support services, or programs.

Application Requirements

  • Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students Applicant Information form (PDF)
  • Medical health professional’s verification of visual disability, which includes the best corrected visual acuity notations using the “Confirmation of Visual Disability” form included in the Applicant Information form
  • A brief Personal Statement describing your background, personal achievements, challenges you have encountered, educational pursuits and goals and aspirations for the future

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact us at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline

Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship

The Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship was established in 1993 in honor of the late Chancellor Emeritus Glenn S. Dumke and his wife. The Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship provides one $1,400 scholarship each year. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • The scholarship supports a student doing research from the CSU archives 
    • The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage student scholars to engage in graduate work in fields such as public policy, American history, economics, archival management and government. Preference will be given to projects that involve research about the State of California. The selected scholar is expected to pursue research projects within special CSU library/archival collections.
  • Recipient must be enrolled full-time in 2019-2020
  • Recipient must be in good standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Recipient must be a CSU graduate student in the areas of public policy, American history, economics, library science, archival management, or government during the academic year.
  • Recipient must use the award to pursue research projects within the Dumke Collection or other collections housed within the CSU archives at CSU Dominguez Hills, the Center for California Studies at CSU Sacramento, or other special collections within the CSU system. Information about the CSU Special Collections can be found at http://www.calstate.edu/gradprograms/libraries.shtml and http://dsc.calstate.edu/.

Application Requirements

  • Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship Applicant Information form (PDF)
  • Personal Statement with the following information -
    • Your interest in American history and/or California history; politics and economics of California; or similar areas of California studies
    • Any prior work in the areas listed above and how it relates to the State of California
    • The anticipated focus of the research project and a clearly defined plan of study
  • A​ Letter of Recommendation from a CSU faculty member
  • Transcripts (copies of department records are acceptable)

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact us at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline

Howard C. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship

The Howard C. Christiansen Trust established an endowed scholarship fund in 2016 for students studying any major in engineering toward a bachelors or graduate degree. The Howard C. Christiansen Trust provides four $6,000 scholarships each year. Any recipients must be enrolled full-time in 2019-2020.

Note: Candidates for the Howard C. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship will be selected from those students put forward in the applicant pool for the CSU Trustees' Award. Scholarship applications for the CSU Trustees’ Award will be selected first. If there are not enough engineering applicants, then the scholarship may be awarded to a second pool of engineering applicants outside the CSU Trustees’ Award.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must demonstrate superior academic performance with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
    • Once you submit your application, the Financial Aid Office will review it for eligibility
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate or graduate student in any engineering major field at a CSU campus and remain a CSU full-time equivalent student during the academic year.

Application Requirements

  • Howard C. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship Applicant Information form (PDF)
  • A current Unofficial College Transcript including all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed
  • A brief Personal Statement describing your:
    1. Background
    2. Challenges you have encountered
    3. Personal achievements
    4. Educational pursuits
    5. Community service, which should reflect a commitment to education and to the community
    6. Goals and aspirations for the future
  • Two letters of reference from individuals, such as teachers/professors, counselors, or community leaders, who can attest to your meritorious performance and personal strengths and assess your potential for success. One of the letters of reference must be from an academic instructor.

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact us at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline

Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship

Established in 2016, the scholarship is in honor of James “Jim” Sanders who was news director at television stations in across California. The Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship provides one $2,500 scholarship each year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have an interest in journalism, news media, or communication.
  • Applicants must aspire to a career in news media, but can be interested in any aspect of the industry including engineering, sales, production (audio, video and sound editing, etc.), graphic design, human resources, etc.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled or be entering a first semester as a student at a California State University campus and must hold a student status during the scholarship period.
  • Applicants must express current leadership qualities or the desire to be a leader in journalism, media, or communication.
  • Recipents must be enrolled full-time during the 2019-2020 year

Application Requirements

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact the Scholarships at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline

Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont Scholarship

The Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont scholarship, established in 1993, supports students with visual and physical impairments. The Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont Scholarship provides up to eight $4,000 scholarships each year. Any recipients must be enrolled full-time in 2019-2020.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate student in any major field at the eligible CSU campuses and must remain a full-time equivalent CSU student during the academic year.
  • Applicants must provide verification from a licensed physician or disabled student services office of visual or physical impairment if applicable.
    • Strong consideration should be given to students who are visually impaired, followed in priority by students with other physical impairments.
    • Students without visual or physical impairments are also eligible for this scholarship.

Application Requirements

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact us at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline

Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

The scholarship will support students pursuing a course of study in business, economics or other disciplines that will serve the applicant in achieving goals relating to nonprofit or public service. All else being equal, military veterans will receive favorable consideration. The Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship provides up to two $3,000 scholarships each year. Any recipients must be enrolled full-time in 2019-2020.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have a course of study within the fields of business, economics or other disciplines that will serve the applicant in achieving goals relating to nonprofit or public service.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated an interest in and aspire to a career in nonprofit or public service.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid office.
    • Once you have submitted your application, the Financial Aid Office wil determine your eligibility
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent upper division or graduate student at a California State University campus and must remain a full-time equivalent student during the scholarship period.
  • Applicants must include in the personal statement 1) motivations and goals for a career in nonprofit or public service, 2) experience or involvement to date in nonprofit or public service activities, and 3) how you envisions your course of study and anticipated career facilitating your goals with nonprofit or public service communities.
  • All students meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply. A student who is a military veteran, meets the criteria, and is otherwise equal to others in qualifications, will receive favorable consideration.

Application Requirements

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact us at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline

California Society of Municipal Finance Officers Robert M. Odell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration

The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers established the Robert M. O’Dell endowed scholarship fund in April 1987 to honor the former city treasurer of Los Angeles. The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers Robert M. Odell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration provides up to four $2,000 scholarships each year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be in a degree program in public administration
  • Applicants must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time, upper division undergraduate or graduate student in public administration and must remain a full-time student in good standing during the academic year in which the award is received.
  • Applicants must not be a previous recipient of this award.
  • Strong consideration will be given to an applicant who is also:
    • Public administration major specializing in finance
    • First generation college student

Application Requirements

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact us at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline

Trustee Emerita Claudia Hampton California Academy of Math and Science Endowment

Trustee Emerita Claudia Hampton was an educator and the first African American member of the CSU’s Board of Trustees. Fellow Board members established the scholarship to honor her for her non-partisan views on education and for the way she helped empower students. The Trustee Emerita Claudia Hampton California Academy of Math and Science Endowment provides up to four $4,000 scholarships each year. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be graduates of the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS)
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office
    • Once you have submitted your application, the Financial Aid Office wil determine your eligibility
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must remain a California State University full-time equivalent student during the scholarship period.

Application Requirements

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact us at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline

William & Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship

William Lahey served as CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor, Faculty and Staff Affairs, for twenty years. The endowment is a tribute to his commitment to education and his wife’s passion for the arts. The scholarship covers tuition, campus fees, and a stipend.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled at a California State University campus at least half-time;
  • Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in art or in one of the visual art specializations;
  • Applicants must be enrolled in one of the following programs:
    • A post baccalaureate program leading to a high school single subject teaching credential in the arts;
    • A Master of Fine Arts program in art or one of the visual arts specialization; or
    • A Master of Arts program in art or one of the visual arts specializations
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on an 4.0 scale
  • Priority consideration will be given to scholarship applications in the following order:
    • First priority will be given to students enrolled in a program leading to a single subject teaching credential in the arts;
    • Second priority will be given to students enrolled in a graduate program in art of one of the visual arts specializations;
    • Third priority will be given to eligible students who have a record of volunteer activities in the arts or who are currently engaged in arts volunteer activities in schools or community arts organizations

Application Requirements

  • William & Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship Applicant Information form (PDF)
  • A brief Personal Statement describing your
    • background
    • personal achievements
    • community service, which should reflect a commitment to arts education or to community arts organizations
    • goals and aspirations for the future
  • ​Two recommendations from faculty members who can certify your enrollment in a qualifying program and intent to contribute to art education in the schools or to visual arts.

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF
    1. Contact us at scholarships@csulb.edu for help in doing this
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline