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Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

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ON CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIPS

For On-Campus scholarship opportunities, the scholarship period starts in early November of every year and the end date may vary depending on the scholarship opportunity.

Please go to myMatador Scholarships in early November of every year to learn about the application deadline for the scholarships listed below.

Associated Students - International Matador Scholarship

The Associated Students International Matador Scholarship will be awarded to 5 continuing international students at CSUN. The amount of each award will be $3,000.00 per student. The scholarship is not renewable. Scholarship recipients will be chosen on the basis of academic ability, financial need and willingness to promote international student involvement at CSUN.

Application Deadline: The scholarship period for the Associated Students International Matador Scholarship is currently closed. This scholarship period is open for applications mid-February to early May.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants & recipients must be in F-1 student status.
  • Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum CSUN GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Graduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Open to continuing matriculated F-1 students enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s or Doctorate program.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full course of study at CSUN (12 units for undergraduates; 8 units for graduates) for the upcoming academic year.
  • Scholarship will be awarded upon verification of full-time enrollment at CSUN.
  • Applicants who have previously received this scholarship will not be considered.
  • Government sponsored students are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

A completed application packet includes the following:

  • Application submitted on time via CSUN's online scholarship database myMatador Scholarships.
  • One letter of recommendation, which will be requested through the myMatador Scholarship system. Recommender will submit their letters through this system.

CSUN Alumni – Graduate Scholarship

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

  • Must have received an undergraduate, graduate degree or teaching credential from CSUN.

General Scholarship Application Criteria

  • A completed online application (one letter of recommendation, a personal essay and transcripts).
  • CSUN GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Enrolled in 12 units as an undergraduate or 6 units as a graduate student.
  • Involvement and leadership in community and/or extra-curricular activities.

Application Process

A completed application packet includes the following:

  • Application submitted on time via CSUN's online scholarship database myMatador Scholarships.
  • One letter 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

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is one of three programs under the Northridge Scholarship Program. The Presidential Scholarship 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 Scholarship 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 current Cal State Northridge undergraduate student when applying.
  • You must enroll full-time during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • 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.
  • You must attend one Presidential Scholarship pre-application workshop November 2019-February 2020
  • You must have a CSUN 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 the online scholarship application located online at myMatadorScholarships.  Please note that you will be required to complete the General Application before you can complete the Presidential Scholarship.
  2. As part of the online application process for the Presidential Scholarship, you will be required to:
    a. Request your faculty mentor to submit a statement describing your project
    b. Submit a Degree Progress Report (DPR)
    c. Submit a detailed academic plan signed by your academic department advisor
    d. Submit a Gantt chart to outline your project benchmarks, completion dates and assessments. View a sample Gantt chart.

For more information and workshops, please visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department.

University Scholarship

The University Scholarship is one of three programs under the Northridge Scholarship Program. The University Scholarship award encourages the scholarly development of current Cal State Northridge students and students transferring to the university in the prior spring term. 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 attendance at a reception at the University House with President Dianne Harrison.

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 current Cal State Northridge undergraduate student when applying.
  • You must enroll full-time during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • You must complete at least 24 units by the end of spring with a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
  • You must attend one University Scholarship pre-application workshop November 2019-January 2020
  • 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

  • Submit a University Scholars application using the online scholarship application located online at myMatadorScholarships. Please note that you will be required to complete the General Application before you can complete the University Scholarship.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a Northridge faculty member. The faculty member must submit the recommendation through the online scholarship application.
  • Submit a Degree Progress Report (DPR) through the online scholarship application. You can access your DPR on the myNorthridge Portal.

For more information and workshops, please visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department.

College and Department Scholarships

Most CSUN colleges and departments offer scholarships to students in their programs. You may contact your department office or program to inquire about the availability of scholarships.

For a list of College and Department Scholarships, please visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department.

Please keep in mind that some scholarship opportunities under this category may require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). U.S. citizens and nationals, lawful permanent residents, and refugees and asylees qualify for federal financial aid in the form of loans, grants, or work-study opportunities. However, generally, students in a nonimmigrant category such as F-1 international students are not eligible for such aid. Therefore, if a scholarship opportunity requires a FAFSA application, please note that as an F-1 international student you may not qualify.


OFF CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIPS

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The following scholarships are sponsored by outside agencies and are not affiliated with California State University, Northridge. Please exercise caution in your search as CSUN will not be held liable for the contents of the below websites and does not endorse scholarship search engines for which there is a fee.

Scholarships are very competitive, so start the search early!

  1. Abroad Planet Scholarship Resources is an online community of international students studying in the United States.
  2. College Board is free online financial aid source for scholarships, grants, and loans for all college-bound students, including permanent residents and international students wishing to study in the United States.
  3. Education USA is an online database of scholarships and awards.
  4. eduPASS is The Smart Student Guide to Studying in the USA- provides excellent articles, charts and links about financing college.
  5. Funding for U.S. Study is a database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
  6. InternationalScholarships.com is an online financial aid resource for international students wishing to study in a foreign country.
  7. Mobility International USA is free online scholarship resource for non–U.S. citizens with disabilities.
  8. Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation administer a broad range of humanitarian and educational programs designed to improve the human condition, world understanding and peace. Learn more about Rotary's Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University teachers and World Peace Scholarships for study at their Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
  9. The Foundation Center is an online resource devoted to foundations that fund individuals. The site also features a section for international grant seekers!
  10. The International Education Financial Aid Website features a searchable list of grants, scholarships and loan programs for international students.
  11. The Open Society Foundation supports the development of an open society through funding specific educational opportunities around the world.