Financial Aid and Scholarships

CSU Systemwide Scholarships

The CSU Systemwide Scholarship Program is a set of scholarships awarded through the Chancellor's Office, and offers financial assistance to help students across the CSU system reach their goals. The scholarships offered include the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement that recognizes students with financial need who epitomize superior academic performance, exemplary community service, and have achieved significant personal accomplishments.

Through various endowed gifts and ongoing generous contributions from alumni and friends of the University, we are able to support over $700,000 in scholarships across the CSU system.  Each scholarship has its own application requirements 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.

CSU Systemwide scholarship applications for 2022-2023 will be available in early Spring 2022.

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 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.

Award Amounts

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

Application Requirements

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
    • 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

  • Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

Eligibility Requirements

  • Incoming freshman students who have graduated from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science
  • Enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate at any of the California State University campus
  • Demonstrated academic performance and financial need

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 spring application Deadline.

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

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.

Award Amount

Four (4) $6,000 scholarship will be awarded for the academic year.

Application Requirements

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
  • 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

Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.

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.

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.”

Award Amount

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

Application Requirements

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
  • 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

Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

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.

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.

Award Amount

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

Application Requirements

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
  • 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

Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

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

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.

Award Amount

The William & Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship will have one scholarship of $10,000 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 & fees and provide an additional small stipend.

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

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
  • 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

Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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 envision 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.

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.

Award Amount

Two (2) $3,000 scholarship will be awarded for the academic year.

Application Requirements

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
  • 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

Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

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. 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.

Award Amount

Four (4) scholarships for the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded each Academic Year.

Campus eligibility varies each year.  For 2021 - 2022 students from the following campuses were eligible for consideration:

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

Application Requirements

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
  • 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

Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have completed, or be currently enrolled, in at least one course in real estate, broadly defined (e.g. business school real estate curriculum, urban planning, urban economics, geographic information systems, and property tax).
  • Be currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 units at any California State University offering a degree, minor or concentration in Real Estate.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA (undergraduate students) or 3.0 GPA (graduate students).

The scholarships and internship grants are funded by the State of California Department of Real Estate through an endowment with the California State University Real Estate and Land Use Institute. It is open to all majors with an interest in a career in real estate. Under the internship option, students may receive an award for an unpaid internship in which they are participating.

Application deadline

Applications are accepted in the Fall and Spring. See the application link for the current deadline.

Award amount

Awards vary and are typically $1,000 - $2,000. Financial need will be considered in the application review and final award amount.

How to apply

To apply, complete the application:  Access Application

Eligibility Requirements

  • Recipients must be currently enrolled in a teacher credential program at one of the CSU campuses. Eligible campuses are rotated alphabetical each year.
  • The minimum enrollment requirement is 6.0 units.
  • The minimum grade point average is 3.0.

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.

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.

Award Amount

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

How to apply

Applications are available through the campus financial aid 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.

Application Requirements

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
  • 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

How to Submit Your Application

Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

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 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.

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.”

Award Amount

One (1) $2,500 scholarship will be awarded for the academic year.

Application Requirements

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
  • 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

Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

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, who was a successful businessman from Mountain View, California and blind the last eight years of his life.

Award Amount

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

Application deadline

Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.

Application Requirements

  • CSU Scholarship Applicant Information Form & Application
  • Medical health professional’s verification of visual disability, which includes the best corrected visual acuity notations using the Schoettler Confirmation of Visual Disability form (PDF)
  • 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

Application will be available through the Bronco Scholarship Portal in early Spring

Any student with CSU International Programs who applies to a study abroad program can also apply for these scholarships.

IP Scholarships

Made possible through the generosity of former CSU IP participants. Scholarships are available to students accepted into an IP program and is awarded based on scholastic merit and financial need. Applications are due February 1 for academic year programs or May 1 for Australia and South Africa calendar year programs. Award amount: $750.

CSU IP Language and Culture Scholarship

Made possible through the generosity of former CSU IP Participants. Scholarships are available to students who are going abroad to learn a language and accepted into a CSU IP “Language and Culture” program. Awards are based on scholastic merit and financial need. Award Amount $1000.

IP Ghana Scholarship

Scholarship is available to qualified students accepted to the IP Ghana Program and is award based on scholastic merit and financial need. Applications are due February 1.  Award amount: $1000.

Michelle Marriott Memorial Scholarship Award

Created in memory of Michelle Marriott who was an International Student in Aix-en-Provence, France in 1985-1986. Ms. Marriott passed away from cancer in January 2014. Scholarship is available to qualified students accepted to the IP France-Aix-en-Provence Program and is award based on scholastic merit and financial need. Applications are due February 1.  Award amount: $1,500.

Ward Wallach Memorial Scholarship

Created to recognize the achievements and to foster values of Mr. Ward Wallach. Mr. Wallach was a student in the CSU International Programs at Waseda University in 1982-1983; he perished in an airplane crash in 1985. Scholarship is available to qualified students accepted to the IP Japan Programs and is award based on scholastic merit and financial need.  Applications are due February 1. Award amount: $500.

Eligibility

Consideration shall be given to any California State University student who is applying to an International Programs study abroad program.

How to Apply

Log in to your International Programs Student Application Account. Click on your program application. Complete and submit a Scholarship Application located in the Applications Questionaire(s) section of the Program Application page.

Award Selection

Recipients will be selected competitively based on financial need and academic merit and other factors related to the applicant.

Students participating in the CSU Summer Arts Program can apply to have their fees covered while studying art, music, dance, media, theatre or writing next summer.

CSU Summer Arts scholarships are available to cover part or all of a student’s enrollment fees. Scholarships are rarely available to cover housing in addition to enrollment fees. There is only one scholarship application form, and all applicants will be considered for the maximum amount of aid available to them.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of both financial need and talent. A complete application, including a written statement, will ensure you receive thorough consideration for aid.

The information below pertains to the application cycle for Summer 2021.  Details for Summer 2022 will be posted in early Spring 2022.

How to Apply (Summer 2021)

To apply for a scholarship follow the instructions for applying for a course and:
  1. Prepare the materials listed below (scholarship statement and financial documentation) to submit at the time you submit your registration application. If you've already completed your registration application and would like to submit a scholarship application at a later time, contact the CSU Summer Arts office for instructions.
  2. Compose a short (100- to 500-word) statement about why you are applying for scholarship assistance.
  3. Prepare and scan your financial documentation (see below).
  4. Complete and submit the online scholarship application, which will be available to you immediately upon completing your registration application. (Upon completion of the registration application, you will be prompted to click through if you wish to complete a scholarship application.)

Financial documentation consists of at least one of the items below

The questionnaire below will indicate which documentation you must submit:

  1. A copy of your 2019 federal tax return (Form 1040). We only need the first page of your tax return, indicating your adjusted gross income.
  2. A copy of your parents’ 2019 federal tax return (minors or dependents only). We only need the first page of your parents’ tax return, indicating their adjusted gross income.
  3. If you or your parents have not filed your 2019 federal income taxes, enclose copies of your W-2 or 1099 earning statements for 2019.

Whose financial documentation do you need to submit?

We need your financial documentation if you are:

  • born before January 1, 1996, or
  • a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, or
  • an orphan or ward of the court, or
  • have legal dependents other than a spouse, or
  • a graduate student, or
  • married

If none of the above apply to you, we need your parents' financial documentation.

When you apply online, you will be required to complete a questionnaire listing the items above. You will then be prompted to submit only the documentation that applies to you. If you upload your personal information when you are required to submit your parents’ information, you will not be considered for aid.

If you don’t have any financial documentation, contact Joanne Sharp (jsharp@calstate.edu) at the CSU Summer Arts office to work with you to provide acceptable paperwork.

Incomplete scholarship applications, or applications submitted without financial documentation and a written statement, will not be considered for scholarship assistance.

In most cases, you will be notified of your scholarship award status within two weeks of the application deadline for a course.

Additional Information​

Financial aid through FAFSA and other programs is rarely applicable to CSU Summer Arts. Check with your home campus for availability. If you are a CSU student receiving financial aid, ask your campus financial aid office if you qualify for "visiting student status" to Fresno State. If you qualify, you will be able to apply your existing financial aid to CSU Summer Arts.

Scholarship Application

Ready to apply for a scholarship? Click here to start your registration application. When you complete your registration application, you will be prompted to complete a scholarship application.

If you have already applied for registration and subsequently wish to submit a scholarship application, please contact the Summer Arts office for assistance.

This program serves academically strong students who come from an underserved background and want to pursue doctoral studies. 

In 2021-22, the California Pre-Doctoral Program will award funds to approximately 75 juniors, seniors, and graduate students in the CSU. These funds are designed to enable these students to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs in their chosen field of study. Awards are based on competitive review of student applications and given to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, and who are committed to a career in teaching and research at the university level. All matriculated upper division and graduate students, with the exception of International students, are encouraged to apply.

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of the pool from which the California State University draws its faculty. It does so by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. A special emphasis is placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) programs at one of the University of California campuses.

Each of the applicants selected will be designated a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar and will work closely with a CSU faculty mentor to develop an overall plan that leads to enrollment in a doctoral program. The plan should be tailored to the specific goals and career objectives of the student.

In addition the program provides:

  • Travel Funds for the student to visit U.S. doctoral-granting institutions and/or to attend professional meetings appropriate to the student's development.
  • Development Funds for other related activities, such as student membership in professional organizations, subscriptions to academic journals, graduate school applications and test fees, GRE preparation, and the cost of minor research materials, for example.
  • A Summer Research Experience opportunity at a University of California campus or other U.S. major research university, fully funded by the Pre-Doctoral Program, so that the scholar can participate in doctoral-level research prior to applying to a Ph.D. program.

Eligibility

Applicants to the California Pre-Doctoral Program must be matriculated upper-division or master's degree students who are enrolled at a CSU institution as of Spring 2021 and who will also be enrolled at a CSU campus for at least the fall semester (or quarter term) of the academic year 2021-22.

All CSU students, with the exception of CSU international students, are eligible to apply. Current or previous Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to re-apply. Each applicant must have a faculty mentor from the student’s home campus who will be available for the duration of the plan specified in the application. The program is designed for students interested in obtaining research doctorates.

Students interested in obtaining professional masters or doctoral degrees (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or an MBA degree, for example) are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected on the basis of three major criteria:

  1. Potential for success in completing a doctoral program
  2. Probable effectiveness of the student/faculty plan
  3. Level of economic and educational disadvantage.

If you are interested in applying, you must immediately contact your campus Pre-Doctoral Coordinator for further information. Your approved online application, including transcripts, projected budget, letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor and your essays, must be submitted electronically by no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, February 19, 2021, or the date set by your campus coordinator (whichever comes first).

You can only gain access to the online submission process after being approved by your campus coordinator. Be sure to check with your Campus Pre-Doctoral Program Coordinator for the internal campus deadline.

The award year begins July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year. This period does not include the optional Summer Research Experience that takes place during the summer following the award.

Important information:

  • This is a one-time award. Current or former Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to reapply.
  • The application cycle opens in December and closes in mid-February each year. Check with your Campus Coordinator for specific deadlines relevant to your campus (they may be earlier).
  • In order to apply you must first meet with the California Pre-Doctoral Coordinator on your campus.
  • The application packet is a template only. Your final application will be filled out online with multiple attachments.
  • Fill out the required components of the application and contact your Campus Coordinator to have them review your draft application. You should have completed your student plan and budget, three essays, transcripts, and faculty sponsor form/letter of recommendation prior to your meeting.
  • Once the Campus Coordinator has approved your draft application, you will be given access to the website where you will submit your final application and attachments.
  • The online submission process can be started and saved before your final submission. You can work on the online application over multiple sessions.
  • All attachments must be saved as PDF documents.
  • Transcripts must be scanned and saved as PDF documents.
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Campus Coordinator for Cal Poly Pomona:

Dr. Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers, Associate Professor – Geography and Anthropology

(909) 869-5264

Mr. Won Choi, Academic Coordinator of The Kellogg Honors College

(909) 869-3209

Graduate Equity Fellowship grants range from $500 to $2,000 per year. This program seeks to increase the diversity of students completing graduate degree programs at the CSU, encourages continuation toward doctoral programs, and promotes consideration of university faculty careers. It provides fellowships for economically disadvantaged CSU students who have had success in overcoming educational disadvantages and promotes faculty mentoring and research opportunities. To apply for a Graduate Equity Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a California resident or have an AB540 affidavit on file with your CSU campus;
  • Be admitted to a CSU campus and to a graduate program as a classified or conditionally classified student;
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA);
  • Have financial need of at least $1,000;
  • Enroll at least half-time in an eligible graduate degree; and
Demonstrate potential to succeed in graduate school and to complete a graduate degree program in no more than two years as evidenced by undergraduate coursework and letters of recommendation.