FINANCIAL AID

CSU Foundation

The California State University Foundation works with donors interested in funding scholarship opportunities on a systemwide or multi-campus basis. Please review the description, eligibility criteria, and application process for each scholarship. 

The application period for CSU Foundation systemwide scholarships is now closed. Scholarship opportunities will be open to applications February-April for the following academic year. Please check back in January for more information.

Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9 p.m. PST
Award: $1,400

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. The fellowship encourages student scholars to pursue 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 winning scholar is expected to pursue research projects within special California State University library and archival collections.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a full-time CSUN graduate student and maintain full-time status during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • The applicant must be in good standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • The applicant must be studying public policy, American history, economics, library science, archival management or government.
  • The applicant must use the award to pursue research projects within the Dumke Collection or other collections housed in the California State University archives at Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Center for California Studies at Cal State Sacramento, or other special collections within the California State University system. Read more about the CSUN Special Collections.

Application process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $4,000

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

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a current full-time CSUN student and maintain full-time status during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • The applicant must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • The applicant must have a 2017-2018 FAFSA on file.
  • The applicant will receive strong consideration if he or she is visually impaired, followed by consideration for students with other physical impairments. Applicants without a visual or physical impairments are also eligible for this scholarship.

Application process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

Edison Scholars Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $4,000-$5,000

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).

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a graduate student in one of these majors
  • The applicant must have a 2017-2018 FAFSA on file.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • The applicant must be a full-time CSUN graduate student and maintain full-time status during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Application process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

Howard C. Christiansen Trust Endowment

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $6,000

The Howard C. Christiansen Trust established an endowed scholarship fund 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.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • The applicant must have a 2017-2018 FAFSA on file.
  • The applicant must be a current full-time CSUN undergraduate or graduate student in any major field and maintain full-time status during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Application process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

Hampton Scholars Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $4,000

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.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a graduate from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS).
  • Applicants must file a 2017-2018 FAFSA or 2017-2018 CA DREAM Act application on file.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • The recipient must enroll full-time during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Application process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

William and Janet Lahey Art Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $10,000

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 Museum of Art 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.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a graduate student enrolled in at least four units and credential students must be enrolled in at least six units ('half-time').
  • The applicant must have a bachelor's degree in art or in one of the visual art specializations.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program leading to a high school single subject teaching credential in the arts, or a master of arts/fine arts program in art or one of the visual art specializations.
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing.
  • Priority will be given in the following order:
    o Students enrolled in a program leading to a single subject teaching credential in the arts
    o Students enrolled in a graduate program in art or one of the visual arts specializations
    o 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 process

Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $3,000

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.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must have a course of study within a discipline offered through the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
  • The applicant must have demonstrated an interest in and aspire to a career in public service.
  • The applicant must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and be in good academic standing.
  • The applicant must file a 2017-2018 FAFSA or California DREAM Act Application on file.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent upper division or graduate student at CSUN and must remain a full-time equivalent student during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Strong consideration will be given to an applicant who is also a military veteran.

Application process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

Robert M. O'Dell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $2,000

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 seventeen campuses offering degree programs in public administration.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be in a degree program in public administration.
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time upper division or graduate student at CSUN and must remain a full-time student during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • The applicant 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 and/or a first generation college student.

Application process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

Wilson C. Riles Education Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $2,000

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.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be enrolled in the teacher credential program.
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • The applicant must be enrolled in six units or more during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Strong consideration will be given to an applicant who is a first generation college student.

Application process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students

Applications will be accepted on a year-round basis.
Award: $10,000

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.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a CSUN undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in six units or more during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA and maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • The applicant must have a visual disability and provide verification from a medical health professional that includes the best corrected visual acuity notations.The disability must be such that it impedes the educational process and necessitates accommodations, support services, or programs.
  • Students who have previously been nominated and/or awarded the Schoettler scholarship may continue to apply each year they meet the qualifications.

Application Process

Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

 

CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $6,000-$12,000

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 will be awarded by the selection committee based on criteria such as studying in the STEM or Education fields, Veterans, and exemplary community service.

The awards recognize students who have overcome adversity, demonstrated financial need, and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000) and the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000).

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and plan to be a full-time CSUN student in the upcoming academic year.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • The applicant must be involved in community service.
  • The applicant must have overcome adversity and demonstrate financial need.
  • The applicant must have a current FAFSA or California DREAM Act application on file with the CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department for academic year 2017-2018.

Application process

Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com/ using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.

For more information about this prestigious scholarship opportunity, please go to: www.calstate.edu/foundation/trusteesawards/