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  • Faculty, students, and members of the family celebrate the Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarship winners in April 2017.

    Celebrating the scholarship winners in April 2017

  • Faculty, guests, and members of the Marino J. Riccomini family celebrate the first four scholarship winners.

    Celebrating the Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarships

The Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarships

Fall 2017 U100 Riccomini Family scholarships: applications closed on Friday, December 22, 2017.

If you attempted to submit a faculty reference on time but encountered problems with the online system, please email Cheryl Spector ( ) describing what happened and when.

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.  

You'll find an overview of the Marino J. Riccomini Scholarships at See the specific "Application Requirements" listed below. 

Marino J. Riccomini as a young man.

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

Flowers from the April 2017 Riccomini Scholarship celebration

Nine students completing University 100 in 2016-2017 were awarded scholarships:

Alannah Urata
Christopher Aguilar
Davit Pashanyan
Dodge Alden Alcantar
Guadalupe Avitia
Ingrid Morales
Jasmine Rodriguez
Liseth Ceja
Sara Shatela

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.


Previous winners

Angelica Rocio Andrade (second from left), the spring 2016 scholarship recipient, holding her pl) is joined by the three fall 2015 recipients at the awards celebration.

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.

Application requirements

  • 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.

Good luck!

Q & A with past winners

Q: Why did you apply for the scholarship?

  • I applied for the scholarship because I needed scholarship money to help with tuition and housing fees.
  • As I began my college career I immediately noticed expenses can add up quickly. I was constantly told in high school by mentors and teachers to apply to scholarships, since they would be a great help. The Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarship was actually the first scholarship I applied to as a CSUN student, and to my great surprise I became a recipient!
  • I decided to apply for this scholarship, because I currently pay out of pocket for school supplies, transportation and food.

Q: How did you hear about the scholarship?

  • I heard about the scholarship from the CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department's Facebook page.
  • At the U100 Freshman Celebration event, the Financial Aid and Scholarship Department had a table with flyers on scholarship information. I learned about the scholarship and its requirements through that flyer.
  • The first time I heard about the scholarship was from a friend who was taking University 100. At that time I was not enrolled in U100, but it definitely grabbed my attention so I enrolled second semester.
  • I heard about the scholarship in my University 100 class. My professor talked about this great scholarship opportunity in class and encouraged us to apply for the scholarship.

Q: Was it difficult applying for the scholarship? Can you explain the process? How long did it take?

  • The hardest part about applying for the scholarship was asking professors for letters of recommendation right at finals week. I was blessed with brilliant and caring professors my first semester at CSUN. when I approached my professors about writing letters of recommendation, they were caring, kind, and willing to write on for me. The worst thing my professors could have said was no, but my experience has been positive at CSUN.
  • Applying for the scholarship was not difficult, but it does require organization and time management. You want to make sure you have all forms uploaded and submitted by the due date. Also, letters of recommendation are needed so you want to ask your professors as respectfully as possible, with enough time for them to write one. They have busy schedules too, so its important to keep that in mind. Another section is the essay prompt that you have to respond to. I made sure to give myself enough time to thoroughly answer the questions and to edit any unclear portions.
  • Applying for the scholarship was not hard at all. It was actually one of the easiest scholarship applications to complete. The process is really easy, you basically fill out an application with all your personal information and complete a short essay. It did not take me too long to complete the essay because it was easy, but I also went to the LRC for feedback. Most importantly let your professors know about the letter of recommendations in time.
  • The hardest part for me was getting over my shyness and my unconfident self to speak up to two of my professors and ask them to please write me a recommendation letter.

Q: Was it intimidating to ask for a reference from your professors?

  • Yes. Even though I always showed up for class, turned in all of my work, participated in class, asking professors for help is always intimidating, especially when you have to ask them to go out of their way for you. How can you ever pay that back?
  • I was intimidated because a letter of recommendation is a big deal. My professors were very kind to take time out of their schedules to write one for me. Their letter takes part in this accomplishment, therefore asking for one should not be taken lightly.
  • Honestly, I was not intimidated at all. I had great chemistry with both my professors, and I proved to them I was a hard working student. I knew they would go out of their way to do me a big favor, because they cared for their students.
  • It definitely was a intimidating for me, because first of all, this was my first semester of college and I didn't think any of my professors would want to write a letter of recommendation to a student whom they’ve only known for four months. However once I asked them, it was definitely a relief when they agreed to write me a recommendation letter. If I had let my unconfident self take over during my application process, I would not have been able to proudly say that I am one of the winners of the this great scholarship.

Q: Do you feel more likely to apply for other scholarships now?

  • Yes. My professors continue to help me by writing letters of recommendation for me for additional scholarships. Asking for help is the hardest part.
  • I do! As time has moved forward, I am already in the process of applying to more scholarships. I learned I don't want to miss out on any opportunities, because at the end of the day anything can happen...including receiving another scholarship.
  • Definitely. I had a great experience with this scholarship, so it makes me believe that it’ll be the same for other ones. Professors want to see their students succeed, therefore they will help us with letters of recommendations. You just need to prove to them that you deserve it.
  • I do feel more likely to apply for other scholarships. Since I already set up my STARS account, I now am able to access other scholarships offered through it. The Marino J. Riccomini scholarship has also opened a door for me and handed me a great opportunity.