Fall 2017 U100 Riccomini Family scholarships: applications closed on Friday, December 22, 2017.
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Each semester (fall and spring), eligible U100 students are invited to apply for one of the Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarships by visiting the "Apply for Scholarships" link on the Financial Aid webpage and signing up to use CSUN's scholarship system.
About these scholarships
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 daughter Lisa Riccomini, his widow Linda Riccomini, and his son-in-law Garrett Clancy, the scholarships are intended to support CSUN students who demonstrate financial need, who are in good academic standing with the university, who show a desire to succeed in their academic careers, and who have successfully completed University 100.
All CSUN freshmen who meet the criteria are eligible to apply for one of twelve scholarships available for 2017-2018, including undocumented students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and students enrolled in the EOP program. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need by completing the FAFSA or equivalent. Up to twelve $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each academic year.
Student applicants will be screened by a committee of CSUN faculty and staff familiar with University 100. Preferred candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to succeeding in their academic careers and must have successfully completed University 100 at CSUN in summer or fall 2017 for the current round of applications.
Scholarship Winners Announced for the 2016-2017 Academic Year
Nine students completing University 100 in 2016-2017 were awarded scholarships:
Dodge Alden Alcantar
The spring awardees were honored at a dessert reception attended by their invited guests (family and friends), the faculty who nominated them, members of the Marino J. Riccomini family, CSUN administrators, and members of the scholarship selection committee.
Four students chosen from University 100 applicants completing the course in fall 2015 or spring 2016 were honored at on-campus awards ceremonies. Recognized in February 2016 were fall 2015 students William Aric Goldstein, Gloria V. Robles Gallardo, and Eloisa Garcia. Angelica Rocio Andrade (holding her award certificate in the accompanying picture) was the U100 spring 2016 scholarship recipient. Welcoming her to the growing list of honorees were Goldstein, Gallardo, and Garcia.
- You must have unmet financial need as determined by CSUN's office of Financial Aid & Scholarships;
- Your cumulative CSUN grade point average must be 3.0 or higher;
- You must answer the Riccomini Scholarship essay question: "University 100 is all about lifelong learning, and the course offers a wide range of learning experiences. Pick one thing you learned in University 100 that is especially important to you. Describe it and explain how you personally are applying it in and outside of the classroom."; and
- You will need to request confidential statements of support from your fall 2017 U100 professor and from one other CSUN professor who has taught you by filling in their contact information on the scholarship application page. Each faculty statement must respond to the Riccomini Scholarship faculty question: "What specific insights or examples can you offer to illustrate this student’s commitment to learning?" Only statements submitted through the CSUN scholarship system will be accepted.
- Application filing period: Dec. 1-22, 2017, online.