FINANCIAL AID

CSU Foundation

The California State University Foundation works with donors interested in funding scholarship opportunities on a systemwide or multi-campus basis. The following scholarships have been offered in the past at California State University, Northridge but not all are currently available. If an application deadline is listed for a particular scholarship, then it is available. Otherwise, the application period is presently closed.

Please review the description, eligibility criteria and application process for each scholarship. The opportunities listed below are not available on STARS Online. For a complete list of opportunities, view the  scholarship flier.

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 for legally blind San Francisco and San Jose State University students. The scholarship gave students the opportunity to receive a quality education and pursue a professional career in humanities, arts, sciences or business. Mr. Schoettler was a businessman from Mountain View, Calif., who was 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 academic year.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • 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.

Application Process

Submit the following items together in an envelope and deliver it in person to Bayramian Hall 130. Application materials will not be accepted if they are submitted via email, fax or postal mail.

  • Applicant information form
  • Brief personal statement describing your background, personal achievements, challenges encountered, educational pursuits and goals, and aspirations for the future
  • Medical health professional’s verification of visual disability, which includes the best corrected visual acuity notations using the Confirmation of Visual Disability form

Edison Scholars Scholarship

Deadline: April 25, 2016, 9 p.m.

Award: $4000-$5000

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 the following majors: Math, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering (Electrical, Computer, Chemical, Mechanical, Civil, and Nano) or Material Sciences (Computer or Environmental).
  • The applicant must have a 2016-2017 FAFSA on file.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • The applicant must be a full-time CSUN student and maintain full-time status during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Application process

Complete the application on STARS Online. After you log in, select the “2016-2017” academic year. A complete application will include a brief Personal Statement describing your background, personal achievements, challenges you have encountered, educational pursuits and goals and aspirations for the future.

Fly Fishers Club of Orange County Marine Studies Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 10, 2016, 2 p.m.
Award: $1,500

The Fly Fishers Club of Orange County was founded in 1966 to further the sport of fly fishing. Aside from providing a way for fans of the sport to meet others, the club was founded with three goals in mind: educating the public, conserving fisheries, and contributing resources to make fly fishing enjoyable and available to all who are interested.

The club has been working hard to meet its goals by sponsoring clinics and workshops, hosting noteworthy speakers, participating in conservation projects, and contributing its resources to various conservation organizations, such as the Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, Cal Trout, and the Nature Conservancy. In addition to participating in numerous conservation activities directly beneficial to fly fishing, the club has made an annual $1,500 scholarship available to a student who is majoring in marine studies.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a full-time CSUN undergraduate or graduate student and maintain full-time status during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • The applicant must be majoring in marine biology.
  • The applicant must have a 2016-2017 FAFSA on file.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • The applicant must be committed to community service in the fisheries biology field.
  • The applicant must send the Fly Fishers Club email updates at the end of each semester.

Application process

Submit the following items together in an envelope and deliver it in person to a Financial Aid Representative at windows 1, 2, or 3 on the first floor of Bayramian Hall. Application materials will not be accepted if they are submitted via email, fax or postal mail.

  • Applicant information form
  • Brief personal statement describing your background, challenges, personal achievements, educational pursuits and aspirations for the future
  • Thank-you letter addressed to the president of Fly Fishers Club of Orange County thanking her for the award

Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship

Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016, 9 p.m.
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 2016-2017 academic year.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • 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

Submit the following items together in an envelope and deliver it in person to Bayramian Hall 130. Application materials will not be accepted if they are submitted via email, fax or postal mail.

  • Applicant information form
  • A personal statement stating the applicant’s interest in American and/or California history, California politics and economics, 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. 
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation from a California State University faculty member

Hampton Scholars Scholarship

Deadline: May 6, 2016, 3 p.m.
Award: $4000

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 enroll full-time during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Applicants must file a 2016-2017 FAFSA or 2016-2017 CA Dream Act application.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants must have graduated from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS).

Application process

Submit the following items together in an envelope and deliver it in person to Bayramian Hall 130. Application materials will not be accepted if they are submitted via email, fax or postal mail.

  • Applicant information form
  • Brief personal statement describing your background, challenges, personal achievements, educational pursuits and aspirations for the future

Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2016 at 3 p.m.
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 currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and plan to maintain the status through the upcoming academic year.
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • The applicant must demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA application process.
  • The applicant will receive strong consideration if he or she has a visual disability, followed by consideration for students with other physical disabilities. Applicants without a visual disability are still eligible.

Application process

Submit the following items together in an envelope and deliver it in person to Bayramian Hall 130. Application materials will not be accepted if they are submitted via email, fax, or postal mail.

Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

Deadline: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9 p.m.

Award: $3,000

Richard Leffingwell, a CSU Northridge alumnus and US Army veteran, began his career in higher education with the CSU’s Chancellor’s Office as a member of the trustees’ audit staff. He went on to direct the CSU’s self-supporting financing activities, and later became the Director of Financing and Treasury. In this position, Mr. Leffingwell was granted the opportunity to work collaboratively 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 was established to reflect Richard Leffingwell’s 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 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing.
  • The applicant must file a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • 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 2016-2017 academic year.
  • A military veteran meeting the criteria and otherwise equal to others in qualifications will receive more favorable consideration.

Application process

Complete the application on STARS Online. After you log in, select the “2016-2017” academic year. A complete application will include a brief Personal Statement describing your background, personal achievements, challenges you have encountered, educational pursuits and goals and aspirations for the future.

William and Janet Lahey Art Scholarship

Deadline: May 2, 2016, 2 p.m.
Award: $10,000

William Lahey served as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Faculty and Staff Affairs, for the California State University system from October 1966 until he retired in June 1986. William and his wife Janet lived in Huntington Harbor. Janet was an avid volunteer with the Long Beach Museum of Art, and William would often invite staff to join them for special receptions and exhibit openings. The generous gift from their estate for visual arts scholarships exemplifies their commitment to education and passion for the arts.

Eligibility

  • Graduate students must be enrolled in at least four units and credential students must be enrolled in at least six units.
  • 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 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • 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

Submit the following items together in an envelope and deliver it in person to Bayramian Hall 130. Application materials will not be accepted if they are submitted via email, fax or postal mail.

  • Applicant information form
  • A brief personal statement describing personal achievements, background, goals, aspirations for the future, and community service, which should reflect a commitment to arts education or community arts organizations
  • Two recommendation letters from faculty members who certify the applicant's enrollment in a qualifying program and intent to contribute to arts education or visual arts

CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement

Deadline: February 24, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
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 selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship.  

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.

Application process

Complete the application on STARS Online. After you log in, select the “2016-2017” academic year. A complete application will include the following documents:

  • Personal statement describing the applicant’s background, challenges encountered, personal achievements, educational pursuits, community service (which should reflect a commitment to education), and goals and aspirations for the future
  • Two letters of reference from individuals, such as teachers, professors, counselors, or community leaders, who can assess the nominee’s potential for success and attest to the candidate's meritorious performance and personal strengths (One of the letters of reference must be from an academic instructor.)

Timeline

March 18 – March 23, 2016

The top 25 applicants will be contacted and asked to submit the following documents (DO NOT contact the scholarship office to ask if you are one of the top 25 candidates, we will contact you if you have been selected):

  • Applicant Information Form.
  • A three-minute speech, submitted in writing which describes how the student has overcome adversity, how education has transformed his or her life, and the student’s goals and aspirations for the future – particularly how they may hope to impact the lives of others.       

March 23 – April 20, 2016

The committee will call the top 4 candidates and schedule them for an interview.

Update

Congratulations to Stephanie Kennedy (Biology) and Oshae Christopher Rodgers (History and Africana Studies)! They have both been nominated by the internal committee at California State University, Northridge to compete for the CSU Trustees’ Award and other recognitions offered by the California State University Foundation. A winner will be announced by September 2016.

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