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CSU Systemwide Scholarships

CSU Systemwide Scholarships

CSU Systemwide scholarship applications for 2020-2021 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 2020-2021.

Application submission deadline is April 27, 2020.

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 $15,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Reed Scholarship ($10,000), the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000), and the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000).

Scholarships will be awarded up to the number of funding available. At minimum, twenty-three (23) scholarships will be awarded. Most scholarships will be $6,000.

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.\
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
  • 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

  • Scholarship 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.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

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.

Thirty-seven (37) scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship

The Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship was established in memory of Dr. Glenn S. Dumke, Chancellor of the California State University from 1962 to 1982.

Chancellor Dumke was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1917. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Occidental College and his Ph.D. at UCLA. He also held honorary degrees from nine other distinguished universities across the country. In 1940, Dr. Dumke began his 42-year career in higher education as an instructor of history at Occidental College. He went on to become a professor of history and dean of the faculty at Occidental College before becoming president of San Francisco State College in 1957. While serving as president, Dr. Dumke was one of the principal architects of the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, which became the blueprint for the State’s higher education system. Under Dr. Dumke’s leadership, the university system made great progress in the breadth and quality of academic programs.  Quoting a former CSU chancellor, “He organized 16 separate academic programs into a single system that became a model across the nation... it happened because Dr. Dumke was a visionary leader.”

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.

One fellowship of $1,400 will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must:

  • Be in good standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be a CSU graduate student in the areas of public policy, American history, economics, library science, archival management, or government during the academic year.
  • 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

  • Scholarship 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.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

Howard C. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship

The Howard C. Christiansen Trust established an endowed scholarship in 2016 for students pursuing a bachelors or graduate degree in the study of engineering. Scholarship nominees for the CSU Trustees’ Award will be reviewed first. If there are not enough applicants nominated who are in an engineering field, then the scholarship may be awarded to a second pool of engineering applicants outside the CSU Trustees’ Award.

Four (4) $6,000 scholarship will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. 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.
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
  • 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

  • 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.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship

James Sanders wasn’t known by that name. He wasn’t often called Jim. People working at the television stations in Sacramento, CA; Columbus, OH; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA where he presided as news director knew him as Sanders. He was a leader, not just a manager. As one former employee said about Sanders after his death in September 2015, “Sanders was all about integrity. From the choice and quality of the stories he put on the air to his mentoring of countless people in all areas of news, he operated from a base of encouragement, never negativity. From a heart full of courage instead of fear. Sanders didn’t force you to do your best, he made you want to do your best. And he led by example, holding himself up to the highest standard and trusting that his people would rise to their highest potential. I am not unique in my love and admiration for this funny, charismatic, intelligent man; there are many of us who would have followed Jim Sanders anywhere.” This scholarship is to honor and support the leaders of today and tomorrow among the California State University student population. The media industries are changing and as the continued gatekeepers of information, the industries need people to lead, take risks, be creative, have a sense of humor, be intelligent, and challenge the status quo.

One (1) $2,500 scholarship will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must:

  • Have an interest in journalism, news media, or communication.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Express current leadership qualities or the desire to be a leader in journalism, media, or communication.

Application Requirements

  • Scholarship Applicant Information Form (PDF)
  • A brief Personal Statement that explains why your want to pursue a career in journalism, media, or communication and how you perceive yourself as a leader.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from an instructor who taught you.

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont Scholarship

The Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont Scholarship was established through a bequest in 1993 to assist students with financial needs, especially those with visual or physical impairments.

Each of the following campuses may nominate two to three students for a $4,000 Dumont scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year:

California State University, Dominguez Hills           California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Los Angeles                  California State University, Northridge

There will be eight scholarships awarded in total. Applicants must:

  • Be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Scholarship Applicant Information Form (PDF)
  • A brief Personal Statement describing your background, challenges you have encountered, personal achievements, educational pursuits and goals and aspirations for the future
  • Verification of physical/visual impairment, if applicable

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

After graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree from CSU Northridge, and serving as an officer in the US Army, Richard Leffingwell joined the CSU’s Chancellor’s Office as a member of the trustees’ audit staff. He directed the CSU’s self-supporting financing activities, and later became the Director of Financing and Treasury. Richard worked with trustees, campuses, and the municipal financing community to establish viable systems for financing non-state projects at the 23 CSU campuses before retiring in 2004. This scholarship reflects his admiration for the university’s commitment to provide opportunities to foster the next generation of students who wish to be instrumental in serving the public.

Two (2) $3,000 scholarship will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. 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.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in and aspire to a career in nonprofit or public service.
  • Demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing.
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid office.
  • 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.
  • 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 they envisions their course of study and anticipated career facilitating their 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

  • Scholarship Applicant Information Form (PDF)
  • Unofficial Transcripts 
  • 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.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

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

The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) established the Robert M. Odell endowed scholarship fund in April 1987 to honor the former city treasurer of Los Angeles.  The scholarships are awarded on an alternating basis between northern and southern geographic regions of California to the seventeen campuses offering degree programs in public administration.

Four (4) scholarships for the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students from the following campuses are eligible this year:

                                California State University, Bakersfield                   California State University, Northridge

                                California State University, Dominguez Hills          California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

                California State University, Fullerton                       California State University, San Bernardino

                California State University, Long Beach                 San Diego State University

         California State University, Los Angeles    

 

Applicants must:

  • Be in a degree program in public administration
  • Be in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Scholarship Applicant Information Form (PDF)
  • An official or unofficial Transcript
  • A brief Personal Statement describing your background, personal achievements, challenges you have encountered, educational pursuits and aspirations for the future

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

Trustee Emerita Claudia Hampton California Academy of Math and Science Endowment

Dr. Claudia H. Hampton was the first African American trustee of the California State University.  She was on the board for 20 years from 1974 to 1994; serving as chair for three of those years from 1979 to 1981. She was a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 25 years, retiring in 1981 as director of the district’s Human and School-Community Relations Resource Office.

The Hampton Scholars Scholarship was funded in her honor to recognize students who excel academically and exemplify Dr. Hampton’s dedication.

Four $4,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must: 

  • Be graduates of the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS).
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Remain a California State University full-time equivalent student during the scholarship period.

Application Requirements

  • Scholarship Applicant Information Form (PDF)
  • Unofficial Transcripts 
  • A brief Personal Statement describing your background, personal achievements, challenges you have encountered, educational pursuits and aspirations for the future

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Combine all application materials into one PDF.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

William & Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship

William Lahey served as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Faculty and Staff Affairs from October 1966 until he retired on June 1986. He came to the California State University from federal civil service to the position of Statewide Dean of Faculty. William and his wife Jan lived in Huntington Harbor. Jan was an avid volunteer with the Long Beach Art Museum and William would invite staff to join them for special receptions and exhibit openings. By supporting Summer Arts and scholarships for visual arts students, they are furthering both William’s commitment to education and Jan’s passion for the arts.

The William & Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship will have one scholarship of $10,000 available for the 2020-2021 academic year for students in a post-baccalaureate program leading to a high school single subject teaching credential in the arts. The annual scholarship will be sufficient to cover tuition & fees and provide an additional small stipend.

Scholarship recipients must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled at a California State University campus at least half-time;
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in art or in one of the visual art specializations;
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.

Wilson C. Riles Education Scholarship

Working his way through public instruction, Wilson C. Riles began his career in 1940 as a teacher and administrator in Arizona public schools and later became the first elected African American state superintendent of schools in the United States.

The scholarship program was established in 2003 to recognize Superintendent Riles’ deep commitment to education through support of students enrolled in California State University teacher credential programs, with preference given to first generation college students. The scholarships rotate alphabetically among all campuses with teacher credentialing programs.

Three (3) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must:

  • Recipients must be currently enrolled in the teacher credential program at

                  California State University, Bakersfield

California State University Channel Islands

California State University, Chico

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, East Bay

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fullerton    

  • The minimum enrollment requirement is 6.0 units.
  • The minimum grade point average is 3.0.

Application Requirements

  • 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.
  2. Email the PDF to scholarships@csulb.edu by the deadline. Include the name of the scholarship you are applying to in the subject line.