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CSU Scholarships

A wide variety of scholarships offered by generous donors are available for California State University students. 



CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement
Eligibility Requirements:
  • 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

The CSU Trustees’ 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 receives a $12,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000) and the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000).

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 are awarded by the selection committee based on criteria such as studying in the STEM or education fields, veterans, and exemplary community service.

Application deadline: Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.

Award amount: Twenty (20) scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $6,000 for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through your campus financial aid office. Financial aid offices on each campus will review the applications to ensure that they meet all requirements and, in consultation with the campus President, will select and forward one to two nominations with one candidate studying in the STEM fields. Nominees who are not selected for a Trustees’ Award will be given a $1,000 honorable mention scholarship. Nominees with the highest scores will be interviewed for one of the top scholarship awards.

Completed nominations submitted by the campus Financial Aid Office to the CSU Foundation will include the following:

  • A completed applicant information form. Please make sure that the student’s name is spelled the way he or she wants it to appear in public biographies and photos.
  • A nomination cover letter from the campus president.
  • A current official college transcript including all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed.
  • A brief personal statement describing the student’s background:
    1. Challenges they have encountered
    2. Personal achievements
    3. Educational pursuits
    4. Community service, reflecting a commitment to education and to the community
    5. Goals and aspirations for the future
  • Two letters of reference from individuals, such as teachers/professors, counselors, or community leaders, who can attest to the candidate's meritorious performance and personal strengths and assess the nominee’s potential for success. One of the letters of reference must be from an academic instructor.
  • A completed applicant checklist

Supplemental Materials
If nominated, students should work with their campuses to submit the following supplemental materials to the CSU Foundation:

  • A one-paragraph biography, which must be approved by the campus public affairs department (see checklist and biography guidelines)
  • Photos of the nominee, including a formal headshot to include in the program and individual informal shots of the nominee on campus, at home, at work, or at play. The informal photos can come from the nominee’s own collection, but must be submitted via email (preferably through an online file-sharing site). If the nominee does not have a formal headshot, the campus public affairs department may assist before the student leaves the campus for the summer.
  • Biographical Statement Copy Release Form and Visual/Audio Image Release Form need to be signed and submitted, as the stories and photos of the Trustees’ Awards recipients are publicized widely.

All recipients of the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement will be invited to attend the awards presentation in September at the Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach. Transportation expenses will be covered by the CSU Foundation.

Contact the financial aid department for the spring application deadline.



Gregson Bautzer University Fund Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be in good standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants 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.
  • The award must be used 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 Sacramento State, 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://www.calstate.edu/LS/spring05.pdf.

This scholarship is open only to incoming freshman students who have graduated from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) and who are continuing their education at any of the California State University campuses. Two scholarship recipients are selected each academic year by the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, and awarded $2,000 per year for four years.

The Gregson Bautzer University Fund Scholarship was established in 1991 by Mrs. Nicola D. Bautzer in memory of her husband, a former member of the California State University Board of Trustees and the California State University Foundation Board of Governors.

Application deadline: Contact California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) for the Spring Application and Deadline information.

Award amount: $2,000 per academic year for four years while enrolled full-time at a CSU campus.

How to apply: The California Academy of Mathematics and Science will select two students each academic year, based on the criteria above. Once a decision has been reached, the California Academy of Mathematics and Science sends a letter of notification to the CSU Foundation which includes:

  • Scholarship applicant information form, completed by the student
  • A brief personal statement describing personal achievements and goals and aspirations for the future
  • A completed application checklist
  • Selected recipients are requested to submit a thank-you letter addressed to Mrs. Nicola Bautzer.

Contact California Academy of Mathematics and Science for the the spring application Deadline.

*CSU financial aid directors and scholarship coordinators will be notified if a student from their campus was one of the awardees selected by CAMS. The CSU Foundation will work with campuses on verifying enrollment for past awardees up to their fourth year.*



Howard C. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
  • 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

This scholarship is for students pursuing a bachelor's 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, the scholarship may be awarded to a second pool of engineering applicants outside the CSU Trustees’ Award.

The Howard C. Christiansen Trust established the endowed scholarship in 2016.

Application deadline: Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.

Award amount: Three (3) $6,000 scholarship will be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through your campus financial aid office. Completed applications submitted by the campus financial aid office to the CSU Foundation must include the following:

  • A completed applicant information form
  • A current official college transcript, including all completed undergraduate and graduate coursework completed
  • A brief personal statement describing the student’s
    1. Background
    2. Challenges they 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
    7. Two letters of reference from individuals such as teachers/professors, counselors or community leaders who can attest to the candidate's meritorious performance and personal strengths and assess the nominee’s potential for success. One of the letters of reference must be from an academic instructor.
    8. A completed application checklist

Contact the financial aid department for the the spring application deadline.



Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship
Eligibility Requirements:
  • 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:
  • A public administration major specializing in finance
  • A first-generation college student

This fellowship encourages 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.

The fellowship was established in memory of Dr. Glenn S. Dumke, Chancellor of the California State University from 1962 to 1982. Under his visionary leadership, the university system made great progress in the breadth and quality of academic programs. He is credited with organizing 16 separate academic programs into a single system that became a model across the nation. 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 and began his 42-year career in higher education as an instructor of history at Occidental College.

Application deadline: Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.

Award amount: One fellowship of $1,400 will be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through the campus financial aid office. Completed applications submitted by the campus financial aid office to the CSU Foundation must include the following:

  • Completed applicant information form
  • A personal statement with the following information:
    1. The applicant’s interest in American history and/or California history; politics and economics of California; or similar areas of California studies
    2. Any prior work in the areas listed above and how this work relates to the state of California
    3. 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)
  • A completed application checklist

Contact the financial aid department for the spring application deadline.


Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visually or physically impaired applicants must provide verification from a licensed physician or the office of services for students with disabilities.

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 academic year. (Eight scholarships will be awarded in total.)


California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge

Application deadline: Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.

Award amount: Eight scholarships of $4,000 will be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through the campus financial aid office. Financial aid offices should provide information about the availability of this scholarship to the office of services for students with disabilities.

Completed applications submitted by the campus financial aid office to the CSU Foundation must include the following:

  • Scholarship applicant information form
  • A brief personal dtatement describing applicant’s background, challenges encountered, personal achievements, educational pursuits and goals and aspirations for the future
  • Verification of physical/visual impairment, if applicable
  • A completed application checklist

Contact the financial aid department for the spring application deadline.


Edison Scholars Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicants must be graduate students in one of the STEM majors listed in Attachment A.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus financial aid office.
  • Applicants must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Recipients must remain a California State University full-time equivalent student during the scholarship period.

Eleven (11) $4,000 scholarships and one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for the academic year.

Each of the following campuses can nominate three to four students:


California State University Channel Islands
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Northridge
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, San Bernardino

For more than 125 years, Edison International has helped build stronger communities. Edison International believes that education is an important source of power and advancement for young people, and it helps strengthen communities. Since 2009, Edison has given more than $34 million to education programs that help make the dream of college education a reality. These programs have focused on helping minority, low-income, and underrepresented students pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Application deadline: Contact the Financial Aid Department at your campus for the Spring Application Deadline.

Award amount: Eleven (11) $4,000 scholarships and one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through the campus financial aid office. Financial aid offices should provide information about the availability of this scholarship to the office of services for students with disabilities.

Completed applications submitted by the campus Financial aid office to the CSU Foundation must include the following:

  • Scholarship applicant information form
  • A brief personal statement describing the student’s background, personal achievements, challenges encountered, educational pursuits and aspirations for the future.
  • A completed application checklist

Contact the financial aid department for the spring application deadline.


Hampton Scholars Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Recipients must remain a California State University full-time equivalent student during the scholarship period.*

The Hampton Scholars Scholarship was funded in honor of Dr. Claudia H. Hampton, the first African American trustee of the California State University and recognizes students who excel academically and exemplify Dr. Hampton’s dedication.

Four $4,000 scholarships will be awarded for the academic year.

Dr. Claudia H. Hampton served on the California State University Board of Trustees 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.

Application deadline: Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.

Award amount: Four $4,000 scholarships will be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through the campus financial aid office. Completed applications submitted by the campus financial aid office to the CSU Foundation must include the following:

  • Scholarship applicant information form
  • Unofficial transcripts of the student recipient
  • A brief personal statement describing the student’s background, personal achievements, challenges they have encountered, educational pursuits and aspirations for the future.
  • A completed application checklist

Contact the financial aid department for the spring application deadline.


The William and Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship
Eligibility 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:
    1. A post baccalaureate program leading to a high school single subject teaching credential in the arts;
    2. A Master of Fine Arts program in art or one of the visual arts specialization; or
    3. 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:
    1. First priority will be given to students enrolled in a program leading to a single-subject teaching credential in the arts.
    2. Second priority will be given to students enrolled in a graduate program in art of one of the visual arts specializations.
    3. 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.

This scholarship supports the CSU Summer Arts program and scholarships for visual arts students, furthering both William’s commitment to education and Jan’s passion for the arts. One scholarship of $10,000 is available for the 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 and fees and provide an additional small stipend.

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. 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.

Application deadline: Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.

Award amount: One $10,000 scholarship will be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through the campus financial aid office. Completed applications submitted by the financial aid office to the CSU Foundation must include the following:

  • Scholarship applicant information form
  • A brief personal statement describing the student’s 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 the student’s enrollment in a qualifying program and intent to contribute to art education in the schools or to visual arts.
  • A completed application checklist

Contact the financial aid department for the spring application deadline.


Robert M. Odell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration
Eligibility Requirements:
  • 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 may not be a previous recipient of this award. Strong consideration will be given to an applicant who is also:
  • A public administration major specializing in finance
  • A first-generation college student

The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) established the Robert M. O’Dell 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 17 campuses offering degree programs in public administration. Four (4) scholarships for the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded for the academic year. Students from the following campuses are eligible:


California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, San Bernardino
San Diego State University

Application deadline: Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.

Award amount: Four (4) scholarships for the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through the campus financial aid office. The financial aid office will review applications to ensure that they meet all stated requirements. The campus may submit one (1) applicant for consideration to the CSU Foundation to make the final selection. Priority will be based on GPA.

Completed applications submitted by the campus Financial Aid Office to the CSU Foundation must include the following:

  • Scholarship applicant information form
  • An official or unofficial transcript
  • A brief personal statement describing their background, personal achievements, challenges they have encountered, educational pursuits and aspirations for the future
  • A completed application checklist

Scholarship recipients will be invited by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers to attend their annual professional conference in Southern California in the spring. Contact the financial aid department for the spring application deadline.


Wilson C. Riles Education Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Recipients must be currently enrolled in the teacher credential program at one of these CSU campuses:
    1. California State University, Los Angeles
    2. California State University, Monterey Bay
    3. California State University, Northridge
    4. Californian State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    5. California State University, Sacramento
  • The minimum enrollment requirement is 6.0 units.
  • The minimum grade point average is 3.0.

This 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 among all 23 campuses on an alphabetical basis. Three (3) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded for the academic year.

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.

Application deadline: Contact the Financial Aid Department at your campus for the Spring Application Deadline.

Award amount: Three (3) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through the campus ginancial sid office. Each eligible campus may select one recipient based on the recommendation of teaching credential program faculty. Once a decision has been reached, the Financial Aid Office sends a letter of notification to the CSU Foundation, along with the documents described below.

Completed applications submitted by the campus financial aid office to the CSU Foundation include the following:

  • Scholarship applicant information form
  • A brief academic profile of the student recipient
  • A brief personal statement describing the students’ background, personal achievements, challenges they have encountered, educational pursuits and aspirations for the future
  • A Thank you letter. Prior to fund distribution selected recipients are required to send a thank-you letter addressed to Mr. Philip G. Riles, son of Superintendent Riles.
  • A completed application checklist

Contact the financial aid department for the spring application deadline.


Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Students must have an interest in journalism, media, or communication.
  • Students must aspire to a career in 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.
  • Students must be currently enrolled or entering the first semester as a student at a California State University campus and must remain an enrolled student during the scholarship period.
  • Students must express current leadership qualities or the desire to be a leader in journalism, media or communication.

This scholarship honors and supports the leaders of today and tomorrow in journalism, media or communications. The media industry is changing and, as the gatekeepers of information, these industries need intelligent, creative leaders and risk-takers with a sense of humor and a willingness to challenge the status quo.

Jim Sanders was a news director at television stations in Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco and in Columbus, Ohio. He was renowned for his integrity, encouraging mentorship, and positive attitude.

Application deadline: Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.

Award amount: One (1) $2,500 scholarship to be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through the campus financial aid office. Completed applications submitted by the campus financial aid office to the CSU Foundation must include the following:

  • Scholarship applicant information form
  • A brief personal statement that explains why the student wants to pursue a career in journalism, media, or communication and how they perceive themselves as a leader.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from an instructor who taught the student.

Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.


Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students
Eligibility Requirements:
  • 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.)

The Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students was established in 1991 by Mr. Schoettler, a successful businessman from Mountain View, California, who was blind for the last eight years of his life.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a year-round basis. Contact the financial aid department at your campus.

Award amount: Thirty-six (36) scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded for the academic year.

How to apply: Applications are available through the campus financial aid office. Financial aid offices should provide information about the availability of this scholarship to the services for students with disabilities office. Campuses may nominate as many candidates as they like. Students who have previously been nominated and/or awarded the Schoettler scholarship may continue to apply each year they meet the qualifications.

Completed applications submitted by the campus financial aid office to the CSU Foundation must include the following:

  • Scholarship applicant information form
  • A medical health professional’s verification of visual disability, which includes the best corrected visual acuity notations using the “Confirmation of Visual Disability” form
  • A brief personal statement describing the applicant's background, personal achievements, challenges encountered, educational pursuits, and goals and aspirations for the future

Contact the financial aid department at your campus for the spring application deadline.