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California State University, Fullerton

Scholarships

The list of Scholarships and Awards is now available at the Office of Financial Aid website.

Some scholarships and awards have financial need listed as one of the criteria. Typically, these awards require applicants to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate proof of financial need. Since international students are not eligible to receive federal student aid,they cannot submit the FAFSA form. However, to ensure that all international students have an equal opportunity to apply for scholarships and awards, our office has worked in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid to provide a financial need form specifically for international students who wish to apply for scholarships and awards based on financial need.

You are therefore invited to apply for scholarships and awards listed. Please read each scholarship and award very carefully for the list of qualifying criteria as well as the supporting documents required. Every student must submit the Scholarship & Award Application found on the above-referenced website

For Currently Enrolled CSUF International Students Only: If the award/scholarship indicates that you must submit a FAFSA form, you need to submit both the International Student Scholarship Application and Financial Disclosure Form.

We encourage all international students to apply for these awards and scholarships. Please take note of the different deadlines for each award/scholarship. Good luck with your applications.

International Understanding Award

This award is funded by the Emil Grieshaber Memorial Fund to recognize personal contributions to increase international understanding through leadership activities on campus with clubs and university sponsored programs. The selection process may include an interview with selection committee. The recipient is recognized at the University Honors Convocation.

Open to This award is open to graduating students who are eligible to participate in Commencement.
Criteria: Academic performance, Contributions to increase international understanding.
Amount $1000 and plaque
Application Deadline March 14
Application Procedure
  1. Complete the SA application, answering all 7 questions, and sign the certification
  2. Prepare an essay addressing qualifications for the award
  3. Obtain a minimum of two recommendations from faculty or staff
  4. Submit application materials to International Students & Scholars Office, UH-244

Priscilla Oaks Emerging Leader's Award   * Not accepting scholarship applications at this time - Spring 2015 *

This scholarship was named for Priscilla Oaks in her memory, to encourage and support emerging student leaders. These emerging leaders have been involved at Cal State Fullerton and/or in the greater community and have emphasized their support of global understanding and/or support of a multicultural environment. Dr. Oaks was a professor of English at Cal State Fullerton who was killed in a tragic auto accident in mid-1980. Dr. Oaks dedicated her life to supporting Cal State Fullerton's very early efforts to build students' multicultural and global leadership skills. The recipient will recieve recognition at the International Students & Scholars Office recognition in May.

Open to This scholarship is open to continuing students who are pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree.
Amount $200
Application Deadline March 15
Criteria 2.5 GPA undergraduate, 3.3 GPA graduate, Leadership Activities, Quality of Essay
Application procedure
  1. Complete a separate application available in the Dean of Students Office, TSU-235 (preferred typed)
  2. Prepare a 200-word (minimum) typed essay that addresses the following: "How can I make a difference as a global/multicultural leader?"
  3. Obtain a letter of reference from an individual who is knowledgeable about your contribution
  4. Submit application materials to the Dean of Students Office, TSU-235

Professor & Mrs. Ting K. Pan Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Emeritus Professor Dorothy Pan Wong to assist students who have overcome financial or language challenges, particularly students who are the first in their family to attend college. Preference may be given to international visa students or first generation immigrants.

Open to This scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate or graduate students majoring in one of the following subjects: math, engineering, nursing, computer science or a physical science.
Amount One or more scholarships at a minimum of $1,000 a maximum of $2,000
Application Deadline March 14
Criteria 3.0 GPA, Financial need.
Application Procedure
  1. Complete the SA application, answering all 7 questions, and sign the certification
  2. Write a statement that describes your financial situation and how you will use these funds
  3. Submit "Student Financial Disclosure" form available at International Students & Scholars Office UH-244
  4. Obtain a minimum of two recommendation from faculty or staff
  5. Submit application to International Students & Scholars Office, UH-244, (657) 278-2787.

World Citizen Award

This scholarship is created and funded by the North Orange County International Friendship Council, a community volunteer organization providing assistance and hospitality to international students attending Cal State Fullerton. The recipient is recognized at the annual International Student Commencement Celebration. Selection process may include an interview with selection committee.

Download the Application

Open to This scholarship is open to all students pursuing a degree.
Amount $200
Application Deadline March 14
Criteria Demonstrated involvement, on and off campus, in building international understanding.
Application Procedure:
  1. Complete the World Citizen Award application, available in the International Students & Scholars Office
  2. Obtain two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a member of the community
  3. Submit application materials to UH-244.

Phi Beta Delta Student Scholarship Internationalist Awards

This award was established by Phi Beta Delta to recognize scholastic achievement and outstanding leadership in the area of international studies, intercultural studies or campus international activities.

Open to This award is open to undergraduates and graduates who are new or continuing members of Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars.
Amount Varies
Application Deadline April 8
Criteria: Scholastic achievement, Outstanding leadership, Involvement with international education activities
Application Procedure
  1. Complete the Phi Beta Delta scholarship materials by downloading the application at Phi Beta Delta Website or from International Students & Scholars Office at UH-244
  2. Prepare an essay addressing your qualifications for the award
  3. Obtain a minimum of two faculty or staff letters of recommendation
  4. Submit all application materials to UH-244.

Dr. Donald S. Castro Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship

Established by family, friends, business associates, and CSUF faculty and staff, this scholarship is named in memory of Dr. Donald S. Castro. Dr. Castro, Special Assistant to California State University, Fullerton President Milton A. Gordon, died unexpectedly on June 11, 2007. He was a passionate and compassionate man who championed human rights and equal opportunities for the disadvantaged. He served as a leading advocate of underrepresented students and assisted them in obtaining their college degrees and fulfilling their educational dreams. This scholarship honors Dr. Castro's passion for helping those who may not otherwise be able to attend college as well as his love of travel, exploration and history.

Open to This scholarship is open to continuing students who are pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree, who are in financial need, and who meet eligibility requirements for and have been accepted into a Study Abroad Program approved by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Amount $1,000
Application Deadline March 15
Criteria Full-time Enrollment in a degree progream, Financial need, Must meet eligibility requirements for and be accepted into a Study Abroad Program approved by the IP Office, Be in Good academic standing, Community Service/Involvement, TWO CSUF Faculty/Staff Recommendation Letters, Written essay on how you champion human rights and equal opportunities for the disadvantaged.
Application Procedure
  1. Complete the SA application, answering all 7 questions, and sign the certification
  2. Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or have one on-file for establishing financial need. If you are ineligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid, please state in on your application.
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation from CSUF faculty or staff
  4. Written essay on how you champion human rights and equal opportunities for the disadvantaged.
  5. Submit completed application and materials to Mr. Victor M. Rojas Jr.— LH 801A.

Leon and Annette Gilbert Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship was established and funded by Dr. Leon Gilbert and his wife Annette to assist students in meeting their educational expenses in a student program. Dr. Gilbert is a Professor Emeritus from the Modern Languages — Literature department. The recipients will be selected by a Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) scholarship committee.

Open to This scholarship is open to continuing HSS students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree and have been accepted to a California State University sponsored study abroad program
Amount $500 (two awards)
Application Deadline September 27 (for spring)
March 14 (for summer)
Criteria 2.5 GPA.
Application Procedure:
  1. Complete the SA application here, answer all 7 questions, and sign the certification
  2. Submit application to College of Humanities and Social Sciences, H-211, Dean's Office Scholarship Committee.

International Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Alumni Association and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) to assist students in meeting educational expenses while studying in a California State University (CSU) sponsored Study Abroad program. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded.

Open to This scholarship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at Cal State Fullerton's College of HSS who have been accepted to a CSU sponsored Study Abroad program.
Amount $500
Application Deadline March 14
Criteria 2.5 GPA
International leadership activities
Application Procedure
  1. Complete the SA application here, answer all 7 questions, and sign the certification
  2. Write a 500-1000 word, typed statement that addresses, either (1) Your current leadership activities which promote international understanding, or (2) how you will use your study abroad experience as preparation for future international leadership activities
  3. Submit application materials to H-211, Dean's Office Scholarship Committee

Friends of International Marketing Scholarship

This scholarship was established to recognize and honor a continuing International Business major student who has demonstrated outstanding overall record in preparation for a career in international business. The Friends of International Marketing Association will make the final decision. A personal interview may be required.

Open to This scholarship is open to continuing International Business major students.
Amount Varies
Application Deadline March 6
Criteria 3.0 GPA, Extracurricular activities, Participation in student or professional activities, Study abroad experience.
Application Procedure The online application will be available on February 1. To access the application, go to your CSUF portal (be sure to use the new portal) and click on the "Scholarships" button. Follow the onscreen instructions and be sure to answer in all the questions. Interviews may be required.

Cal State Fullerton Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association Book Scholarship

The Book Schoalrship was established by the Asian American and Pacific Island Faculty and Staff Association to recognize academic achievement, active involvement in the local and/or campus Asian American and Pacific Islander community and demonstrated financial need.

Open to This award is open to CSUF full-time (12 units) undergraduate and graduate students except previous AAPIFSA scholarship recipients.
Amount Up to six $300 scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the AAPIFSA receptin at the President's HOuse on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
Application Deadline April 10
Criteria 3.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate students; 3.5 cumulative GPA for graduate students; Academic achievement, financial need; community involvement in the local and/or campus Asian American and Pacific Islander community
Application Procedure
  1. Download application from the AAPIFSA Web Site at www.fullerton.edu/aapifsa/pages/about.html#scholarships or obtain a copy from the office of Eugene Fujimoto, CP 520.
  2. Write a 500-word, typed essay that responds to all the questions on page two of the AAPIFSA Application.
  3. Enclose the following supporting documents with your application: (a) one letter of recommendation from faculty or staff; (b) copy of unofficial transcript or instructor signed grade report if no transcript; (c) financial aid award summary from Titan Online (if you are a financial aid recipient).

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Revised — February 2015