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    Celebrating CSUN Homecoming 2017

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    Connecting alumni to each other and to current students

  • CSUN fans in the stands

    Building Matador pride and spirit

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    Honoring and showcasing alumni of distinction

  • CSUN graduates at commencement

    Helping alumni achieve personal and professional success

  • Spirited CSUN students

    Strengthening resources and philanthropic support

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    Engaging volunteers and leaders and advocates

Alumni Association Scholarships

Alumni Association scholarships are made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends who believe in investing in the futures of students.

To learn more about our recent alumni scholarship recipients, click here.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

To donate to alumni scholarships, go to CSUN's giving page and select "other." In special instructions, write "Alumni Association Scholarships Fund." To donate to the Granny Heitz scholarship and/or the Ed Peckham scholarship, simply input "Alumni Association Granny Heitz Scholarship Fund" or "Alumni Association Ed Peckham Scholarship Fund" under the special instructions section.

Application Process

A completed application packet includes the following:

  • Application submitted on time via CSUN Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • An unofficial copy of your high school or college transcripts if you are not currently a CSUN student.
  • A copy of a Degree Progress Report (DARS) if you are a current CSUN student.

All documents listed above must be completed or uploaded via the Scholarship System

Selection Process

The Alumni Association posts all available scholarship opportunities through the CSUN Financial Aid and Scholarships Office who collects, reviews and verifies data using information available at the stated deadline. Student reported eligibility information is confirmed by records available on the university computer system. Information that cannot be confirmed using computer records will not be used in selection. The Alumni Association cannot be responsible for errors on the system and subsequent late changes. Admissions and grade changes made after the deadline are not considered in the application or award process. 

After an application has been reviewed as meeting the basic eligibility requirements, it's available to the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee for selection and scoring according to the criteria and requirements specified for each scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and meeting the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee an award.

Due to the large number of applicants, students will not be individually contacted by the Alumni Association during the selection process. Final recipients will be notified by the CSUN Financial Aid and Scholarship Office via their myNorthridge Portal.  However, students may confirm receipt of an application by the alumni selection committee by emailing your name and submission category to anytime after the posted submission deadline.

If selected, students will be notified by the university and funds will be dispersed by the CSUN Financial Aid and Scholarship Office via your myNorthridge portal. The names of the final scholarship recipients will also be posted on the Alumni Association or chapter website.

Legacy Scholarships

In the spirit of tradition and loyalty, five (5) $2,000 Legacy Scholarships are awarded each year to the children or grandchildren of CSUN alumni. One of these scholarships is named in honor of Dorothea "Granny" Heitz and two of these scholarships are awarded in honor of Dean Edmund Peckham.

Student Criteria:
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA as determined by the CSUN Admissions Office.
  • Well-balanced and meaningful involvement in community service and extra curricular activities.
  • The applicant must be the son/grandson or daughter/granddaughter of an alum.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of 12 units for undergraduate and 6 units for graduate level students during each semester the scholarship is awarded.
  • Student can apply at the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate level.
  • International students are not eligible for this scholarship
Parent Criteria:
  • Parent must become an active, dues-paying member of the Alumni Association when scholarship is awarded.
  • The parent must have a confirmed degree or credential from CSUN or SFVSC.
  • Grandparents who attended CSUN may also qualify the student as a legacy even if the "parent" did not attend.
  • The "parent" is defined as a birth parent, step-parent or legal guardian.


First Generation Scholarships

To encourage and support first generation families in their pursuit of higher education, eight (8) $2,000 First Generation Scholarships are awarded each year.

Student Criteria:
  • Strong consideration of financial need. (Must file a FASFA)
  • Student can be at the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate level.
  • Student must be the very first individual in their immediate family to attend a four year university.
  • Immediate family is defined as parents and siblings.
  • Enrollment in 12 units at the undergraduate or 6 units at the graduate level each semester the scholarship is awarded.
  • Well-balanced and meaningful involvement and leadership in community service and extra curricular activities.


Graduate Student Scholarships

The goal of the Graduate Student Scholarship is to recognize and assist alumni who are loyal to the university choose to continue their education at CSUN beyond the undergraduate level. One $2,000 scholarship is awarded.

Student Criteria:

  • The applicant must have completed their undergraduate degree or teaching credential from CSUN.
  • Alumni are eligible to apply for this scholarship at any future point in time following graduation.
  • The applicant must have applied for admission or be registered in a post graduate or credential program at Cal State Northridge at the time of application.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA as determined by the CSUN Admissions Office.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of 6 units during each semester the scholarship is awarded.