Student Success

Scholarships for CSUN Freshmen

The Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarships

Summer/Fall 2021 application deadline: Friday, February 4, 2022

Each semester, eligible U100 students are invited to apply for one of the Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarships. Up to twelve $1000 scholarships are awarded at CSUN each year.

See the application requirements and other details below. 


Contact Debbi Mercado, AFYE Course Coordinator

About these scholarships

Marino J. Riccomini as a young man.The Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarships were created in 2015 in memory of Marino J. Riccomini, an advocate of higher education who wanted to provide opportunities for college success to those for whom financial need might otherwise be a barrier. 

Established by his widow Linda Riccomini, his daughter Lisa Riccomini, and his son-in-law Garrett Clancy, these scholarships are intended to support CSUN students who demonstrate financial need, who are in good academic standing with the university, who show a desire and commitment to succeed in their academic careers, and who have successfully completed University 100 in the semester that ends just before the deadline.

Who can apply?

CSUN freshmen who meet the criteria are eligible to apply (see below), including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. Up to twelve $1000 scholarships will be awarded each academic year.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of CSUN faculty and staff familiar with University 100. Interested students should apply online through the CSUN Financial Aid and Scholarship Department on or before the deadline.

Application requirements

  • You must have successfully completed University 100 in the semester that ends just before the deadline.
  • You must complete the FAFSA or CADAA to demonstrate that you have unmet financial need. For more about this process, go to the CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.
  • Your cumulative CSUN grade point average must be 3.0 or higher.
  • You must compose a short essay that responds to this prompt (no more than 250 words, total):
    • The goal of University 100 is to teach you strategies that will help you succeed in your pursuit of a college degree and in life beyond graduation. Choose the most meaningful tip, strategy, or information you learned in U100. Then, compose a short essay response (no more than 250 words) using examples and specifics to:
      • Identify and describe the most important thing you learned.
      • Explain how this information is helping you to succeed at CSUN.
      • Explain how you expect this information will help you in your life beyond graduation.
  • You need a confidential, written recommendation of support from your U100 professor.
    • The recommendation should be brief and address the question: "What specific insights or examples can you offer from the student’s performance in your class to illustrate their desire to succeed in their academic career?" The recommendation must be submitted using CSUN's online scholarship application system.
    • When you submit your application, you will be asked to submit the name and email address of your U100 professor, which will give them access to the system.
    • Important: be sure to give your professor enough notice to meet the application deadline; at least two weeks' notice is recommended.
  • To apply for this scholarship and submit all application materials, go to: Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarship link

Scholarship winners

Fall 2020-Spring 2021: Sophia-Marie Cabacungan, Maraya Carbajal, Anya Castro Mendez, Edgar Cervantes, Lorenzo Fonseca, Brisa Garcia, Michelle Hernandez, Gerardo Lopez, Ricardo Pineda, and Erin Pritchard, Michelle Nuyens Ramirez, and Lily Ross

Fall 2019-Spring 2020: Hannah Albrecht, Ruben Ayala, Amy Barcena, Suelen Chicas Garcia, Leslie Chung, Jasmin Correa, Aaron Hoffman, Blaise Hurr, Patricia Llige, Cathy Quach, Sanjiti Sharma, and Sophie Wade 

Fall 2018-Spring 2019: Zenani Dennis, Maritza Duran, Destinee Estrada, Nelson Mejia-Gonzalez, Jeff Mendoza, Anna Nshanyan, Itzel Lopez Pacheco, Devan Prince, Emily Regala, Eliseo Rosario, and Grayson Szumilas

Fall 2017-Spring 2018: Lavina Barlow, Jesus Gomez Perez, Zaeriyon Griffin, Carlos Huerta, Grace Jacobsen, Elizabeth Jahna Pitpitan, Daniel Pluma, Aileen Ruiz, Monica Diaz Segovia, Ariana Solis. and Brianna Vallejos

Fall 2016-Spring 2017: Christopher Aguilar, Dodge Alden Alcantar, Guadalupe Avitia, Liseth Ceja, Ingrid Morales, Davit Pashanyan, Jasmine Rodriguez, Sara Shatela, and Alannah Urata

Fall 2015-Spring 2016: William Aric Goldstein, Angelica Rocio Andrade, Gloria V. Robles Gallardo, and Eloisa Garcia


Dianne F. Harrison Student Leadership Award


Created upon the occasion of President Dianne F. Harrison’s Investiture, the Harrison Leadership Award will recognize a freshman California State University, Northridge student for his or her leadership, as demonstrated by involvement in student government, or in a campus club or organization. Characteristics of his or her leadership and involvement must be included in the required two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff members. Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at Northridge, and at the time of application have made successful progress towards completing 30 credits. International, AB540, and DACA students are encouraged to apply.

Awarded each fall, this $8,000 scholarship will recognize and support the university’s emerging student leaders, creating a culture of leadership on campus while also building our community’s next generation of leading voices.

The selection process for this scholarship will include consideration of:

  • Leadership on campus
  • Capacity to articulate a purpose or goal
  • Ability to recruit others to share that goal
  • Willingness to accept responsibility
  • Determination and mental toughness
  • Respect for others and fair mindedness
  • Positive influence on others and collaborative nature
  • Academic achievement as displayed by a minimum 3.0 GPA

A selected group of campus leaders and faculty will comprise the reading panel, who will invite selected finalists to an in-person interview.

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