CSU Scholarship Programs

California State University students – who are often first in their family to attend college – come from many backgrounds and economic circumstances. What they share is the talent and desire to advance knowledge and infuse their lives with meaning. As graduates, they become scientists, teachers, artists and entrepreneurs with considerable impact on California’s future.

Through scholarship donations, alumni and friends extend the opportunity of the next generation to achieve a California State University education. They ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth. Currently, supporters fund over $500,000 in scholarships across all 23 campuses.

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Those interested in applying for student scholarships should contact the financial aid office at the university they are attending or plan to attend.

Each campus maintains a list of available scholarships including selection criteria and application procedures for the following scholarships:

Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship

Jim Sanders was a news director at television stations in Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco and in Columbus, Ohio. This scholarship is to honor and support the leaders of today and tomorrow among the California State University student population interested in journalism, media or communications, and who aspire to a career in the media industry in engineering, sales, production (audio, video, sound editing), graphic design, human resources, and related fields. The media industry is changing and as the gatekeepers of information these industries need workers who are intelligent, creative leaders and risk-takers with a sense of humor and a willingness to challenge the status quo.

To be eligible, a student must attend a California State University campus and remain a student during the scholarship period. Students must have an interest in journalism, media or communication and aspire to a career in media, though they can be interested in any aspect of the industry, including engineering, sales, production (audio, video, sound editing), graphic design, human resources, and related fields. In addition, to be considered a student must demonstrate current leadership qualities or the desire to become a leader in journalism, media or communication.

CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement

The CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement recognizes students who epitomize superior academic performance, exemplary community service and significant personal achievements. These students also overcome tremendous personal hardships and demonstrate financial need. The base scholarship is $6,000 with opportunities to receive enhanced awards.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation initiated the program in 1984 with an endowment that supports six scholars. Individual contributions from members of the CSU Board of Trustees and CSU Foundation Board of Governors, in addition to other supporters, sustain 23 awards. Campus presidents nominate one recipient per campus.

The Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar best demonstrates the principles of this award program and receives $12,000. The student who has given the most service to his or her home, university or global community is named the Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson Scholar and receives $8,000.

Gregson Bautzer University Fund

This scholarship is open to incoming freshman students who have graduated from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science and who are continuing their education at a California State University campus. The scholarship recipients are selected by the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, and awarded $2,000 per year for four years.

Established in 1991 by Mrs. Nicola D. Bautzer, the scholarship honors her husband Gregson Bautzer who was a CSU trustee and served on the CSU Foundation Board of Governors. Gregson Bautzer was one of the premier entertainment attorneys in Hollywood, with a client list that included moguls Howard Hughes, Darryl Zanuck and Kirk Kerkorian.

Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship

One fellowship is awarded each year to a graduate student attending a CSU campus and pursuing a research project using the CSU archives in the area of public policy, American history, economics, archival management or government. This fellowship was established in honor of the late Chancellor Emeritus Glenn S. Dumke and his wife Dorothy. Dr. Dumke was chancellor of the California State University from 1962 to 1982. The fellowship amount is $1,300.

Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont Scholarship

Seven $4,300 scholarships are available to help meet the financial needs of students, particularly those with visual and physical impairments. Students attending CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles and CSU Northridge are eligible.

California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
Robert M. Odell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration

The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers established the Robert M. Odell endowed scholarship fund in April 1987 to honor the former city treasurer of Los Angeles. Four scholarships of $1,875 are awarded on a rotational basis to the seventeen campuses offering degree programs in public administration and alternate between northern and southern geographic regions of California.

Wilson C. Riles Education Scholarship

Six scholarships of $1,000 are available for first generation college students enrolled in a CSU teaching credential program. The scholarship honors Dr. Wilson C. Riles, who was the first elected African American State Superintendent of Schools in the United States. The scholarships rotate between all 23 campuses on an alphabetical basis.

Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students

The $6,500 award provides assistance to students who have a disabling visual impairment. CSU students in any major field are eligible with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) if enrolled in at least 6.1 units per academic session. Dale M. Schoettler, himself a successful businessman who was blind, dedicated a significant portion of his estate to fund these scholarships.

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Last Updated: November 10, 2016