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Log in to CSUN's online scholarship database, STARS Online, to apply for most scholarship opportunities.

Watch this video to see the reasons why you should complete a STARS Online scholarship application

Honors at Entrance

Students who have been admitted to Cal State Northridge and accepted to the General Education University Honors Program will automatically be considered for the Honors at Entrance scholarship. If funding permits, the program offers up to 10 scholarships for first-time freshmen.

Admission to the General Education University Honors Program does not automatically qualify a student for the Honors at Entrance scholarship. Scholarship winners are determined through a separate competitive process and must meet eligibility requirements.

Honors at Entrance scholarships are funded through the Scottsdale Endowment. The endowment was established through a generous gift from an anonymous donor who wanted to honor high-achieving incoming freshmen.

Matador Scholarship Program

The Matador Scholarship program recognizes students who demonstrate financial need and excel academically. More than 300 students were awarded through the Matador Scholarship Program during the 2013-2014 academic year, with awards ranging from $500 to $8,000.

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible. Please visit the "International Student Aid" section for other resources.

Beginning March 3, 2014, you may apply for the Matador Scholarship program by visiting STARS Online. The deadline to apply varies by scholarship. Some scholarships have a deadline of April 15, 2014, 9 p.m., while others have a May 12, 2014, deadline. If you have any software-related questions regarding STARS Online, feel free to technical support at (847) 859-5017.

Eligibility

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2; AB 540 students are required to complete the California Dream Act Application
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for incoming freshmen, transfer students and current Northridge undergraduates
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA for current Northridge graduate students and incoming graduate students
  • Full-time enrollment (12 units for undergraduate and credential students, 8 units for graduate students) each semester scholarship funds are received
  • Pursing your first bachelor's or master's degree, or credential
  • Major declared by junior year, when 60 units have been completed
  • Less than 108 undergraduate units, 40 graduate units or 40 credential units at time of applying

Application Process

Begin the scholarship application process on STARS Online. Degree Progress Reports or unofficial transcripts must be uploaded through STARS Online.

  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcripts if you are a freshman, transfer student or incoming graduate student
  • A copy of a Degree Progress Report if you are a current Northridge student

Unfortunately, not everyone who applies for the Matador Scholars Program will be awarded. Recipients will be notified before the Fall term is over.

Responsibilities

If you are selected to be a Matador Scholar, you must:

  • Send a thank you letter to your donor. Many scholarships are provided by private donors who take interest in supporting Northridge students. It is common courtesy to respond with a short note to show appreciation for their commitment to your education. In your "congratulations" email, you will receive an address where you will send your thank you letter. You must also email a copy to . Your scholarship will not be released until a copy of your thank you letter is received by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department. If you need assistance, please see the sample thank you letter.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. If your scholarship requires that you maintain higher than a 3.0 GPA, it will be noted in your "congratulations" email.
  • Enroll as a full-time student each semester during the academic year you are awarded.

If you are unable to meet the conditions of your scholarship, or if your enrollment status changes, notify the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department by calling 818-677-4907 or emailing scholarships@csun.edu.

Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award

The California State University, Northridge Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award is given to a student who demonstrates meritorious achievement, strength of character and commitment to service. The award recognizes an extraordinary student who has overcome challenges in reaching an academic milestone and honors those who couldn’t complete a degree because their health or lives were sacrificed in national service. The award expresses the gratitude of the CSUN community and is entirely funded by public contribution.

The deadline to apply is March 13, 2015, 9 p.m. If you have any software-related questions regarding STARS Online, feel free to contact technical support at (847) 859-5017.

Eligibility

  • You must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • You must be a CSUN student who is currently or has formerly been placed on active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces (the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard) or the Reserve or National Guard.
  • You must demonstrate artistic, creative or athletic excellence or display unusual leadership ability or community service.
  • You must graduate in Fall 2014, Spring 2014 or Summer 2014 (must have an official graduation date on file with Admissions and Records).
  • You must be enrolled full time (12 units for undergraduate and credential students, 8 units for graduate students) each semester scholarship funds are received.

Application Process

  1. Visit STARS Online and upload your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  2. Submit two academic letters of recommendation through STARS Online. At least one of the two required letters must be submitted by a CSUN faculty member.
  3. Submit a personal statement through STARS Online.

Presidential Scholars




Presidential Scholars with President Harrison and Dr. Watkins. Photo by: David Hawkins.

The Presidential Scholars award gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on significant projects. The prestigious honor is reserved for Cal State Northridge undergraduate students who have earned at least 60 units with a 3.5 grade point average or transfer students who have earned at least 24 Northridge units by the end of the spring semester.

Recipients must be continuing Northridge undergraduates and will receive a $10,000 scholarship, along with a Matador Bookstore textbook discount. Other award perks include priority registration, recognition at the president's fall convocation, a reception at the University House with President Dianne Harrison and the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a scholarly project.

The Presidential Scholars award is funded by Associated Students, Bayramian Family Scholarship Endowment, Blenda Wilson Scholarship, Diane Ryan Scholarship Endowment and Medtronic Minimed Endowment.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Cal State Northridge undergraduate student when applying.
  • You must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • You must complete at least 60 units, or 24 Northridge units if you are a transfer student, but no more than 96 cumulative units by the end of spring.
  • You must attend a pre-application workshop.
  • You must have a Northridge faculty member agree to sponsor a project the same year you apply for the award.
  • Second bachelor degree students, graduate students and those graduating before spring of the next academic year are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

  1. Submit a Presidential Scholars application using STARS Online.
  2. Submit a faculty mentor statement.
  3. Submit a Degree Progress Report (DPR) through STARS online.
  4. Submit a detailed academic plan signed by your academic department advisor through STARS online.
  5. Submit a Gantt chart to outline your project benchmarks, completion dates and assessments. View a sample Gantt chart.
  6. Attend a pre-application workshop and have the scholarship office confirm your attendance.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:00pm

Workshops

If you plan to apply for the Presidential Scholars award, you must attend a workshop to ensure you have all the information needed to complete the application. The mandatory workshop will provide useful advice and answers to questions.

Space is limited and late arrivals will not be tolerated; if seats fill up, you will be asked to attend a workshop at a later date. You are not required to bring your photo ID card, but be prepared to provide your student ID number and CSUN email address.

A current Presidential Scholar and faculty mentor may be present to offer their perspective and answer questions. Your faculty mentor is invited to attend the workshop with you or attend a session separately. Faculty mentors are not required to attend but it may be helpful for those who have questions.

Responsibilities

If you are selected to be a Presidential Scholar, you must develop, complete and present your outlined project during the Annual Presidential Scholarship Exhibit at the end of the spring semester. You must also work with your faculty mentor throughout the award year, submit a complete progress report at the end of each semester and attend all scholarly events throughout the academic year.

For more information or questions regarding the Northridge Scholarship Program, please contact the scholarship office at 818-677-4907 or email scholarships@csun.edu.

Faculty

If you are a faculty mentor, your time and commitment to the Northridge Scholarship Program is appreciated. The success of the program depends greatly on your guidance and encouragement.

Faculty mentors and Presidential Scholars are encouraged to develop a mentoring plan that will meet the needs of the scholar while honoring your ongoing commitments. There is not a set requirement for the level of involvement between you and the scholar, but the student learning experience depends on the level of faculty engagement. The purpose of the program is to enhance the student's scholarly development and prepare him or her for post-baccalaureate education or work.

Here are some suggestions for topics that may be discussed with the scholar prior to beginning a project.

  • How often will you meet with the scholar?
  • How long will each session last?
  • How closely do you plan to supervise the student's progress on the project?
  • What kind of expectations will you set for the scholar and the project?

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Veronica Popovic,
Scholarship Coordinator, at (818) 677-7075 or email veronica.corona@csun.edu.

University Scholars


The University Scholars award encourages the scholarly development of current Cal State Northridge students and students transferring to the university in the fall. Scholarship recipients must be continuing Northridge undergraduates the year they receive the award.

University Scholars have the opportunity to deeply explore their fields of interest and develop mentoring relationships with faculty members. Ideally, University Scholars will use the year awarded to prepare for the Presidential Scholarship competition.

The University Scholars award includes a one-time $7,500 scholarship, a textbook discount at the Matador Bookstore, priority registration for classes and recognition at a reception with the Cal State Northridge president.

Applicants will be judged primarily on the quality of their essay responses. Grammar, structure, spelling and clarity will all be taken into account. The essays must highlight personal strengths, such as motivation, creativity, self-confidence, maturity, concern for others and awareness of current issues. Letters of recommendation that highlight classroom experience and extracurricular activities will be given the greatest weight.

The University Scholarship is funded by the Bayramian Family Scholarship Endowment. For more information or questions regarding the program, please contact the scholarship office at (818) 677-4907 or email scholarships@csun.edu.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Cal State Northridge undergraduate student when applying or a student transferring to Northridge in the fall.
  • You must enroll full-time during the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • If you are a current student, you must complete at least 24 units, but no more than 96 cumulative units, by the end of spring with a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
  • If you are a transfer student, you must complete at least 24 units, but no more than 96 cumulative undergraduate units, by the end of spring with a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
  • You must attend a mandatory pre-application workshop.
  • Second bachelor degree students, graduate students, credential students, students enrolled through Tseng College and those graduating before spring of the next academic year are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

  1. Submit a University Scholars application using STARS Online
  2. Submit a letter of recommendation from a Northridge faculty member. The faculty member must submit the recommendation through STARS Online.
  3. Submit a Degree Progress Report (DPR) through STARS Online. You can access your DPR on the myNorthridge Portal if you are a continuing student. If you are a transfer student, you must scan and submit unofficial transcripts through STARS Online.
  4. Attend a pre-application workshop and have the scholarship office confirm your attendance.

Deadline

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 9:00 p.m.

Workshops

If you plan to apply for the University Scholars award, you must attend a workshop to ensure you have all the information needed to complete the application. The mandatory workshop will provide useful advice and answers to questions.

Space is limited and late arrivals will not be tolerated; if seats fill up, you will be asked to attend a workshop at a later date. You are not required to bring your photo ID card, but be prepared to provide your student ID number and CSUN Gmail address.

A current University Scholar may be present to offer his or her perspective and answer questions. View the list of scheduled workshops.

Responsibilities

If you are selected to be a University Scholar, you must develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member by the end of the scholarship period or pursue scholarly activities, such as additional coursework, internships, research projects, or conference presentations. You must also attend all scholarly events during the academic year, enroll in honors coursework when possible and submit a progress report at the end of each semester. A one-year renewal may be possible through a scholarship renewal process.

Faculty

If you are a faculty mentor, your time and commitment to the Northridge Scholarship Program is appreciated. The success of the program depends greatly on your guidance and encouragement.

University Scholarship applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a Cal State Northridge faculty member. If you are asked to write a letter of recommendation for a student, you will be emailed a temporary link to STARS Online. Follow the link and submit your letter of recommendation for the student. If you have not received a link to STARS Online, the applicant has not included your name and email address with his or her application. Instead of contacting the scholarship office, talk with the student and ensure they have correctly entered your email address on the application. Once you submit the letter, the applicant will be notified via STARS Online. The applicant will not have access to the letter. Letter of Recomendation Guidelines

University Scholars have the option of developing a mentoring relationship with a faculty member. You are encouraged to develop an acceptable plan that will meet the needs of the scholar while honoring your ongoing commitments. There is not a set requirement for the level of involvement between you and the scholar, but the student learning experience depends on the level of faculty engagement. The purpose of the program is to enhance the student's scholarly development and prepare him or her for post-baccalaureate education or work.

Here are some suggestions for topics that may be discussed with the scholar prior to beginning a project.

  • How often will you meet with the scholar?
  • How long will each session last?
  • How closely do you plan to supervise the student's progress on the project?
  • What kind of expectations will you set for the scholar and the project?

Faculty mentors are encouraged to attend a pre-application workshop for more information. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please call (818) 677-7075 to reach the scholarship coordinator, Veronica Popovic, or email veronica.corona@csun.edu.