The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (MCLL) offers multiple awards and scholarships to help its students in the successful completion of their major.
Full-time students in the Armenian Studies Program who are currently majoring in the Armenian Option of the B.A. in Languages and Cultures or minoring in Armenian may be eligible for the following scholarships:
The Yervant Aghishian Annual Scholarship
One (1) $1,000 award will be given annually. In order to apply for the scholarship, please see the criteria on the flyer (pdf). Once eligibility is determined through the scholarship application process, the qualified applications will be reviewed by an ad-hoc committee of professors from the Modern and Classical Languages and Literature Department. This ad-hoc committee will be convened by the Director of the Armenian Studies Program.
Varaz and Karina Shahmirian Annual Endowed Scholarship in Armenian Studies
At least one (1) $1,000 scholarship (pdf) will be awarded annually to students (during their junior and senior years of study in the case of those majoring in Armenian). The annual scholarship amount will be determined by the Director of the Armenian Studies Program based on the endowment funds available for distribution each year. Once eligibility is determined through the scholarship application process, the qualified applications will be reviewed by an ad-hoc committee of professors from the Modern and Classical Languages and Literature Department. This ad-hoc committee will be convened by the Director of the Armenian Studies Program.
2019-2020 Awardee of the Varaz and Karina Shahmirian Annual Endowed Scholarship: Larisa Avagyan
Students in the French Studies Program who are currently enrolled in one or more French classes at CSUN may be eligible for the following scholarships:
Ralph Baccash Memorial Scholarship
Thanks to the generosity of the family, friends, colleagues and students of Professor Ralph Baccash, a memorial fund has been established in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at California State University, Northridge. The interest from this fund will be used annually to provide one or more scholarships for deserving French minors, French majors, and Majors in Languages and Cultures with a concentration in French. This scholarship (pdf) requires students to continue their study of French the following semester.
2019-2020 Awardee of the Ralph Baccash Memorial Scholarship; Malia Bishop, Leyla Coban & Blanche Suzette Lodjou
H. Dennis and Anne Beaver Foundation
This scholarship (pdf) provides funds to study abroad in France over the summer months. In order to be considered for the Study in France scholarship, you must submit a completed application, an essay entitled, “How do I see French as important in my life?” in English and in French, along with a cover letter, copies of your passport and driver’s license, as well as a detailed bio of yourself.
The CSUN Italian section now provides a two scholarship programs:
Robert Barbera Endowment for Italian Studies
A yearly fellowship (pdf) of approximately $ 1,500.00 is being offered to full-time CSUN undergraduate students with a declared Italian Minor or Major in Languages and Cultures with an option Italian, and who are currently enrolled in Italian section courses. The fellowship award is intended to fund Italian study abroad programs recognized and sanctioned by CSUN; internship with Italian firms and/or institutions; activities promoting Italian language and culture at CSUN and in the community; standard fellowship.
2019-2020 Awardee of the Robert Barbera Endowment for Italian Studies: Adrian Palacio & Faith Ricotta
Fellowship in Italian Language and Culture
The main goal of this fellowship is to support the students who have declared a minor in Italian, or a major in Languages and Cultures with an option in Italian. Several fellowships (amount varies) will be awarded through a competitive process.
2019-2020 Awardees of the Fellowship in Italian Language and Culture: Kimberly Barocio, Kiara Ramirez & Juhn Tucker
Please click the link below for application(s) for the fellowships and Barbera prize.
Language & Culture and Language Minors
The DiMascio Family Endowment Scholarship
Alfred and Henrietta DiMascio were born and raised in New York City. They were married in 1946 and moved to California in 1947 so that Alfred could attend Northrop Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1952 Alfred went to work for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, located in Burbank, and was there for the next 34 years! The same year, they purchased their first house, a brand new one, in Mission Hills. They lived there until 1964 when the building of the 118 freeway forced them to move to their second new home in Porter Ranch.
They had three daughters whom they encouraged to pursue higher education. They each graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from CSUN, and have had good lives because of their wonderful parents’ love and support and the excellent education and training they received at CSUN.
This scholarship (pdf) honors Alfred and Henrietta DiMascio’s memory. It is a fitting tribute because of their love for travel and commitment to higher education. They would be very pleased to know that they are helping future generations of CSUN students learn through their travels abroad, and that their studies will open new horizons for them and lead to degrees of higher learning.
2019-2020 awardee of the DiMascio Family Endowment Scholarship: Marivel Diaz-Alvarado
Barbara Ann Ward Annual Scholarship for Spanish Studies
This scholarship (pdf) is designed to recognize students majoring/minoring in Spanish, majoring in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Spanish, and students majoring in Journalism with a declared minor in Spanish Language Journalism. All eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Barbara Ann Ward Scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the importance of Spanish language acquisition to future goals.
For more information, please contact Dr. Adrián Pérez-Boluda at or (818) 677-3467.
2019-2020 awardees of the Barbara Ann Ward Annual Scholarship for Spanish Studies: Vicky Becerra, Andrew Cabrera, Claudia Colville, Maria Figueroa, Miriam Gabriel, Romina Golbert, Maria Gutierrez, Jason Howe, Kevin Huezo, Leslie Ignacio, Jose Jimenez Jimenez, Maria Massena, Lourdes Morales, Carol Morejon, Ismael Murillo, Julio Olivares, Yoana Ramirez, Alex Ramos-Mendoza, Jenny Rosas