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ECS Academic Catalyst for Excellence Scholarship

We are inviting applications from ECS majors who are first-time freshmen and first-time transfers who meet the Minimum Eligibility Requirements listed on the ACE Scholarship webpage.

Application deadline:  Dec 14, 2012

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The College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) proudly announces the Academic Catalyst for Excellence (ACE) Scholarship program, a comprehensive educational support system designed to ensure student success. The scholarship will serve as a catalyst that will allow students to focus diligently on their academics. The program will award scholarships to ECS students and leverage a well established network of ECS and University student services to support cohorts of ACE scholars majoring in civil and environmental engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Scholars will be selected on the basis of their academic potential and financial need.  

Based on the class level, an ACE Scholar receives tuition scholarship for maximum of seven consecutive semesters (up to $2000 per semester) and a myriad of support services ranging from peer mentoring to academic internship.

ECS ACE Benefits

  1. ACE scholarships for a maximum of seven consecutive semesters (ranges from $1000 to $2000 per semester).
  2. Summer orientation program - Prepare ECS students for the upcoming academic year.
  3. One-on-one peer mentoring/tutoring - Improve academic performance.
  4. Cohort-based learning community - Form supportive peer groups that extend beyond the classroom.
  5. Research opportunity - Allow active research participation with an ECS faculty.
  6. Academic counseling - Guide ECS students from acceptance to graduation and career placement.
  7. Lunch speaker series - Provide insight and information on careers in engineering and computer science.
  8. Professional development workshops - Prepare ECS students for employment or graduate programs.
  9. Academic internships and job fairs - Provide opportunities for a hands-on experience in a professional setting.
  10. Priority Registration - Priority to register for classes. 

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be U.S. citizens, nationals of the United States, aliens admitted as refugees or lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time of application.
  2. Be enrolled full time (12 units) at the undergraduate level and majoring in one of the following disciplines: civil and environmental engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
  3. Demonstrate unmet financial need defined for undergraduate students by the US Dept. of Education rules for Federal financial aid and implemented by the University's Office of Financial Aid. (students must complete Federal Student Aid FAFSA application to determine financial eligibility).
  4. Must demonstrate academic potential through interview and letter of recommendation .

    Additional Criterion:
    • (a)  Students must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
    • (b) Must have completed or be enrolled in Math 125 course at the time of application

    To remain eligible for the ACE scholarship, students must:
    • Maintain a 2.5 or better CSUF GPA.
    • Remain in good academic standing and demonstrate progress toward the B.S. degree in an engineering and computer science discipline.
    • Continue to meet the federal financial aid requirements.
    • Continue as a full-time student.
    • Continue to maintain satisfactory performance in ECS ACE related program activities.

Scholarship Application

The following is a checklist that you can use to ensure you have included all materials needed to complete your application:

  1. Complete and submit scholarship application form (available here: ACE application.doc)
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  (Please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, University Hall 146 if you have any questions about filling out the FAFSA form)
  3. Submit an unofficial CSUF transcript.
  4. Submit a letter of recommendation addressing the ability to succeed in school from a CSUF faculty member or one of your high school teachers . Please use the Recommendation Form provided.
  5.  Participate in an on-campus personal interview for final round selection. (You will be officially notified about the time and place for the interview)
  6. Email the application and the unofficial CSUF transcript to  

Women, individuals with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

ECE ACE Scholarship Program Directors

Dr. Kiran George
Assistant Professor
Computer Engineering Program
Dr. Susamma Barua
ECS Associate Dean
Computer Engineering Director
Professor of Computer Science & Computer Engineering



Mailing Address ECS ACE Scholarship Program
College of Engineering and Computer Science
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92834