Scholarship FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding University Honors related scholarships can be located on this page.

President’s Scholarships are the most prestigious merit-based scholarships awarded by CSULB and have helped make The Beach a university of choice for the best and brightest high school graduates and community college transfer students. These scholarships have served as a model for the CSU system and as the centerpiece of CSULB’s efforts to accelerate its rise through the ranks of the country’s leading public master’s universities.

Launched in 1995 by then-President Robert Maxson, President’s Scholarships have drawn more than 1,100 of the top high school students and community college transfer students to CSULB, where they have pursued their studies in a challenging and supportive environment and enriched campus life both inside and outside the classroom. Over the years, this competitive, merit-based scholarship has been awarded to talented, high-achieving students  who aspire to lead and serve in an increasingly complex, interconnected world.  

Incoming freshmen and transfer students should apply to CSULB through Cal State Apply by the November 30 deadline. In addition, high-achieving freshmen and transfer students must apply for membership in the University Honors Program and consideration for the President’s Scholarships during the First Round of Spring Applications beginning on February 1. Students will be notified of decisions in April.  

President’s Scholars receive financial support in the form of individualized award packages that comprise a combination of tuition waivers, campus housing allowances, and subsidies for textbooks (or other essential course materials) for up to four years. President’s Scholars also participate in the prestigious University Honors Program, which affords them priority registration, small classes, faculty mentors, internship support, summer research assistantships, and opportunities for international educational travel and local civic engagement.

Additionally, these students may participate in the UHP Living Learning Community, where incoming Honors students live together in the residence halls and are mentored by faculty and staff in a family-like atmosphere. Students also engage in a culminating educational activity (an Honors thesis, performance, or research project) that showcases their knowledge and talents.  

Loyal friends, parents, and alumni have played a crucial role in the longevity and success of President’s Scholarships over the years, and private support will help ensure that this important opportunity remains available to future generations of high-achieving students. To support President’s Scholarships, please contact Cynthia Saavedra at 562.985.2168 or You can also visit to make a gift today. Thank you for your interest!

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