Fall 2020 application deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021
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 Dr. Kim Henige, Director of Academic First Year Experiences
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 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 12 $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.
Two students completing University 100 in spring 2020 were awarded scholarships:
- Ruben Ayala
- Jasmin Correa
Ten students completing University 100 in fall 2019 were awarded scholarships:
- Hannah Albrecht
- Amy Barcena
- Suelen Chicas Garcia
- Leslie Chung
- Aaron Hofmann
- Blaise Hurr
- Patricia Llige
- Cathy Quach
- Sanjiti Sharma
- Sophie Wade
Previous scholarship winners
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, 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 (holding her award certificate in the accompanying picture), Gloria V. Robles Gallardo, and Eloisa Garcia.
- - 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 answer the Riccomini Scholarship questions (total of 250 words or less): University 100 is all about lifelong learning, and the course offers a wide range of learning experiences. Choose one thing you learned in University 100 that is especially important to you:
- a) Identify and describe the important thing you learned.
- b) Explain how you are applying it to your studies.
- c) Explain how you are applying it in your personal life.
- - You need two confidential written recommendations of support, one from your U100 professor and one from another CSUN professor who has taught you. The recommendation should be brief and address the question: "What specific insights or examples can you offer to illustrate this student’s commitment to learning?" Faculty members must submit their recommendations using CSUN's online scholarship application system. When you submit your application, you will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of the two faculty members that will be submitting your recommendations, which will give them access to the system. Important: be sure to give your professors enough notice to meet the application deadline; at least two weeks' notice is recommended.
- To answer the questions, submit CSUN professor names, and formally apply, use CSUN's online scholarship application link: myMatador Scholarships. To find the scholarship, type in the keyword "Riccomini".
- ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS, INCLUDING FACULTY WRITTEN RECOMMENDATIONS OF SUPPORT MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE.