Spring 2019 application deadline: Friday, May 24.
Each semester (fall and spring), eligible U100 students are invited to apply for one of the Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarships. Up to twelve of these $1000 scholarships are awarded at CSUN each year.
See the Application requirements and other details below.
Contact Dr. Kim Henige, U100 course director.
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, 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 in the semester leading up to the application deadline.
Who can apply?
All CSUN freshmen--including undocumented students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and students enrolled in the EOP program--are eligible to apply for one of twelve scholarships available for 2019, if they have demonstrated financial need by completing the FAFSA or equivalent, and upon successful completion of University 100. Up to twelve $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each year.
Applications will be reviewed 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 during the semester leading up to the application deadline.
Twelve students completing University 100 in spring 2018 or fall 2018 were awarded scholarships:
- Zenani Dennis
- Maritza Duran
- Destinee Estrada
- Grace Jacobsen
- Nelson Mejia-Gonzalez
- Jeff Mendoza
- Anna Nshanyan
- Itzel Lopez Pacheco
- Devan Prince
- Emily Regala
- Eliseo Rosario
- Grayson Szumilas
They were honored on campus in April 2019 at a reception attended by their invited guests (family and friends), the U100 and other faculty who recommended them, members of the Marino J. Riccomini family, previous scholarship winners, CSUN administrators, and members of the scholarship selection committee.
Previous scholarship winners
Fall 2017: Lavina Barlow, Jesus Gomez Perez, Zaeriyon Griffin,
Carlos Huerta, 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 U100 in the semester leading up to the application deadline (that's the spring 2019 semester for the May 2019 deadline).
- 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 questions: 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:
- a) Identify and describe the important thing you learned.
- b) Explain how you personally are applying it in classroom settings.
- c) Explain how you personally are applying it in settings outside of the classroom.
- You will need to request confidential statements of support from your spring 2019 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.
- Your application and supporting statements from faculty are due by May 24, 2019 (Friday) online via CSUN's Financial Aid & Scholarships "Apply for Scholarships" link to myMatador Scholarships.