Our Opportunities

Welcome to the California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) Scholarship website!

Cal State LA has over 400 scholarship opportunities to support your educational goals. You can browse the various scholarships available on our Cal State LA Scholarships Application site during the scholarship application season (March 3-April 19, 2020). The scholarships are made available through the generosity of our University donors, alumni, and friends. Please keep in mind that these scholarship opportunities are in addition to the various federal, state, and outside agency financial aid programs!

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We have simplified the process for you to be considered for these various Cal State LA scholarship opportunities. Simply follow the steps on the General Application and you will be automatically matched to the scholarships for which you meet the minimum qualifications. Final selection will then be made based on a ranking of the applicants based by the scholarship committees.

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are a current Cal State LA student and will continue to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year, in a degree, credential, or certificate program. Students who are currently finishing up their undergraduate program and plan to return to Cal State LA in Fall 2020 to pursue a master’s degree, doctorate, or credential are not eligible.

How do I apply?

  1. Click the “Sign In” button at the top of the Cal State LA Scholarships Application site and provide your MyCalStateLA credentials and campus password. Please note, this site is only available during the scholarship application season.
  2. Complete the general questions provided. Be aware that information from your academic record has already been made available to the application so you don’t have to self-report information we already have on record, such as your contact information, academic information, and financial need.
  3. Prepare and upload a personal statement to support your application.
  4. Contact a faculty member, advisor or other academic reference who is willing to provide a letter of reference for you. You will need to include their name and email address in the application so they can provide their letter of support online.

When do I apply and what is the deadline?

  • March 3- April 19, 2020 by 11:59pm

What happens after I apply?

If you provide a complete application and reference by the deadline, you will automatically be considered for all scholarship opportunities for which you meet the minimum criteria. Your application will then be made available to various departments and committees for further consideration. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a notification from the Center for Student Financial Aid & Scholarships and you will be able to view the award at that time on the financial aid summary screen in GET. If you have the honor of being a recipient, you may be asked to write a thank you letter to the donors or University friends that made it possible! Our goal is to award as many scholarships as possible over the summer so that funds can be available prior to the beginning of the Fall semester. If funds remain after that point, additional awards will be made. Be aware that if you receive a Cal State LA Scholarship and are also receiving other financial aid, awards may have to be adjusted in accordance with federal, state, and institutional awarding policies.

2020-21 Cal State L.A. Scholarship Application Helpful Tips and FAQs

What to include on your personal statement

  • Tell your story in a concise and compelling manner as possible limiting it to two pages or less (double-spaced).
  • Focus primarily on your academic and career goals, indicating how past achievements, challenges/hardships you have overcome, or family influences are related to these goals.
  • Remember you must upload your personal statement in the General Scholarship Application!

What to keep in mind with your reference letter

  • When you complete the general scholarship application, you will be prompted to add the name of your reference provider and email address. Your reference provider will be notified via email. You may log in at any time to see if your reference provider has replied.
  • Do not skip this step. Most scholarships require one (1) letter of recommendation. If you do not submit a letter of recommendation you may still be considered for some scholarship opportunities but your chances of winning a scholarship are greater if your recommender submits a well-written, thoughtful letter on your behalf.
  • Your letter of recommendation may come from a current or former professor, instructor, or academic advisor – Someone who is able to evaluate your academic performance, motivation, personal strengths, and goals.
  • Identify the person who will be writing the letter of recommendation. Confirm that they will be able to submit the reference by the deadline (April 19, 2020 by 5pm) and have their email address and name handy to submit in the application. If your Reference Provider is a Cal State LA faculty or staff member, use their official Cal State LA email address. Let them know they will receive an email with instructions on how to submit the reference. You might consider giving them some information about your accomplishments to assist them in the preparation.
  • Be sure your reference provider knows they must upload their letter no later than 11:59pm on April 19, 2020.
  • Be sure to thank the person for agreeing to write and submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf!

What do I do if I notice my major or GPA do not seem accurate in the Scholarship application system?

The Scholarship Application is updated nightly based on your official University record which you can also view in GET. Once major or grade changes are processed by the Registrar’s Office, the information will automatically be updated. For best consideration, any changes should be completed by 11:59pm on April 19, 2020.

What to expect after submitting the General Scholarship Application?

  • A system-generated email confirming receipt of the application
  • If you are selected for an award, a notification email will be sent to you by the department who selected you to win the scholarship
  • Receipt of any award must be coordinated in accordance to federal, state and institutional awarding policies

For additional assistance or any other questions you may contact the Center for Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at 323-343-6260.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies Honors Opportunities to Promote Excellence - formerly: Honors College Educational Opportunities Fund
The Honors Opportunities to Promote Excellence – formely: Honors College Educational Opportunities Fund is to support Honors College including...
The Honors Opportunities to Promote Excellence – formely: Honors College...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 Howard C. Christiansen Trust Endowment
The Howard C. Christiansen Trust established an endowed scholarship in 2016 for students pursuing a bachelors or graduate degree in the study of...
The Howard C. Christiansen Trust established an endowed scholarship in...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Howard P. Holladay Memorial Scholarship
The Howard P. Holladay Memorial Scholarship is for an upper division or graduate students. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Student must either 1) be studying...
The Howard P. Holladay Memorial Scholarship is for an upper division or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Hutto Patterson Scholarship Fund
The Hutto Patterson Scholarship Fund is to provide support for a CCOE student in good standing enrolled in the credential program. Recipient will...
The Hutto Patterson Scholarship Fund is to provide support for a CCOE...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Industry Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship
The Industry Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship is a student within any college with a 2.5 or higher GPA. Student must demonstrate financial need.
The Industry Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship is a student within any...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Information Systems Faculty Scholarship
The Information Systems Faculty Scholarship.
The Information Systems Faculty Scholarship.
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 Institute of Business Law Scholarship
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Jaime and Elidia Sosapavon Graduate Student Scholarship
Preference is given to first generation college students, students pursuing a Bilingual Authorization or Certificate in addition to the master’s...
Preference is given to first generation college students, students...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies James R. Galbraith Endowed Scholarship for Speech Communications
Scholarship supports an undergraduate major in Communication Studies with a 3.0 of higher, who has financial need. Scholarship awards shall not...
Scholarship supports an undergraduate major in Communication Studies...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Jan Day Memorial Dance Scholarship
The Jan Day Memorial Dance Scholarship is for Dance majors, including transfer students and freshman with a declared major in Theatre Arts &...
The Jan Day Memorial Dance Scholarship is for Dance majors, including...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Japanese Studies Scholarship
The Japanese Studies Scholarship will be awarded to students that must have completed at least 3 courses of Japan-related classes at Cal State LA...
The Japanese Studies Scholarship will be awarded to students that must...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Jessie and Marie Gustafson
The Jessie and Marie Gustafson scholarship amount awarded to each candidate in a single academic year. The amount awarded is to determined solely...
The Jessie and Marie Gustafson scholarship amount awarded to each...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Jill Yip Memorial Dance Scholarship
The Jill Yip Memorial Dance Scholarship will be awarded to a Dance major. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference for a student who has demonstrated campus...
The Jill Yip Memorial Dance Scholarship will be awarded to a Dance...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship
James Sanders wasn’t known by that name. He wasn’t often called Jim. People working at the television stations in Sacramento, CA; Columbus, OH; San...
James Sanders wasn’t known by that name. He wasn’t often called Jim....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Joey Lopez Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Joey Lopez Endowed Scholarship Fund is to be awarded to a student pursuing a MA in Special Education with an option in Autism at the Charter...
The Joey Lopez Endowed Scholarship Fund is to be awarded to a student...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies John A. Greenlee Undergraduate Education Major Scholarship
The John A. Greenlee Undergraduate Education Major Scholarship is to support a 1st year undergraduate with a declared major in education, and a...
The John A. Greenlee Undergraduate Education Major Scholarship is to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies John B. Willis Scholarship Endowment
The John B. Willis Scholarship Endowent annual interest will fund one scholarship to a Cal State L.A. student.
The John B. Willis Scholarship Endowent annual interest will fund one...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 John Kirchner Scholarship
Geography major.
Geography major.
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Joseph Drown Scholars
The Joseph Drown Scholarship is available to full-time Honors College students whose adjusted gross family income is between $81,500-$169,800.
The Joseph Drown Scholarship is available to full-time Honors College...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Joseph Soldate Endowed Scholarship
Joseph Soldate Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a full time or part time Undergraduate Art major with a 2.5 or higher GPA. Recipient must...
Joseph Soldate Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a full time or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Joyce Bourke Memorial Scholarship Early Entrance Program Outstanding
The Joyce Bourke Memorial Scholarship Early Entrance Program Outstanding will be awarded to a member, in good standing, of the Early Entrance...
The Joyce Bourke Memorial Scholarship Early Entrance Program Outstanding...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 Judith L. Papenhausen Scholarship
The Professional and Global Education (PaGE) student has to be enrolled in the collaborative Associate Degree in Nursing to the Bachelor of Science...
The Professional and Global Education (PaGE) student has to be enrolled...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies K. William Wasson Outstanding Student of Social Sciences Scholarship
The K. William Wasson Outstanding Student of Social Sciences Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student with a 3.0 or higher GPA. One...
The K. William Wasson Outstanding Student of Social Sciences Scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Kent Engel Dean's Scholarship Fund
The Kent Engel Dean’s Scholarship Fund proceeds of endowment to be used to support student(s) in the College of Business and Economics with...
The Kent Engel Dean’s Scholarship Fund proceeds of endowment to be used...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Kimio Matsui Scholarship Fund
The Kimio Matsui Scholarship Fund is to provide annual scholarship to a student in the Charter College of Education majoring in Early Childhood...
The Kimio Matsui Scholarship Fund is to provide annual scholarship to a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Larry Chu Scholarship
The Larry Chu Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time/part-time student with a 2.5 or higher GPA. Preference given to deserving students...
The Larry Chu Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time/part-time...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lawrence P. Goodman Scholarship
The Lawrence P. Goodman Scholarship is awarded to a Theatre Arts Major with GPA of at least 3.0 for further studies in Theatre Arts.
The Lawrence P. Goodman Scholarship is awarded to a Theatre Arts Major...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Ledtronics, Inc/Pervaiz & Almas Lodhie Scholarship
The Ledtronics, Inc/Pervaiz & Almas Lodhie Scholarship will be given to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Two scholarships shall be awarded to...
The Ledtronics, Inc/Pervaiz & Almas Lodhie Scholarship will be given to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lena & Dominic Longo Scholarship
The Lena & Dominic Longo Scholarship will be awarded to graduate students with preference given to those pursuing doctorates which will prepare the...
The Lena & Dominic Longo Scholarship will be awarded to graduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Leroy Grant (Tagawa) Scholarship
The Leroy Grant (Tagawa) Scholarship is open to all majors within the Charter College of Education. Minimum GPA of 2.75. Involvement in...
The Leroy Grant (Tagawa) Scholarship is open to all majors within the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lisa O'Connor Scholarship for Academic & Clinical Excellence
The Lisa O’Connor Scholarship for Academic & Clinical Excellence recipient must demonstrate clinical and academic excellence at the graduate level....
The Lisa O’Connor Scholarship for Academic & Clinical Excellence...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lloyd N. Ferguson Chemistry Scholarship
The Lloyd N. Ferguson Chemistry Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Chemistry or Biochemistry Major (Full-time Status); 2.5 GPA or better....
The Lloyd N. Ferguson Chemistry Scholarship will be awarded annually to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lois McClain, CPA B&E Scholarship
The Lois McClain, CPA B&E Scholarship will give two awards annually to Business & Economics students, full or part time with a 3.0 or higher GPA. ...
The Lois McClain, CPA B&E Scholarship will give two awards annually to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lorraine Wyler Memorial Scholarship
The Lorraine Wyler Memorial Scholarship is for formal admittance or will be formally admitted into a Single Subject CCOE credential program. ...
The Lorraine Wyler Memorial Scholarship is for formal admittance or will...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Los Angeles County Foundation of Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors
Los Angeles County Foundation of Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors will award upper division civil engineering students with a minimum cumulative...
Los Angeles County Foundation of Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors will...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Los Angeles Department of Water and Power/Alex Radin Scholarship
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power/Alex Radin Scholarship: up to four students will be selected each year based on the following...
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power/Alex Radin Scholarship: up...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Louise Savage Memorial Scholarship
The Louise Savage Memorial Scholarship 1) the student must be attending full-time while receiving the grant. A study load of 12 or more units per...
The Louise Savage Memorial Scholarship 1) the student must be attending...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lucy Venzor Memorial Scholarship
The Lucy Venzor Memorial Scholarship is for full-time/part-time students who need financial assistance to attend college.
The Lucy Venzor Memorial Scholarship is for full-time/part-time students...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lupe Elias-Exposito Scholarship
The Lupe Elias-Exposito Scholarship will be awarded to a Microbiology student with a 3.0 or higher GPA annually. Potential and ability to pursue...
The Lupe Elias-Exposito Scholarship will be awarded to a Microbiology...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 Madhavi Nayar Nursing Scholarship
The student has to be enrolled in the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing program following the academic road map, exhibit a minimum 3.0 GPA, and...
The student has to be enrolled in the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Marcella and Mitchell Johnson Scholarship
Marcella and Mitchell Johnson Scholarship will be awarded to a student in College of Education working towards Single Subject Credential. Emphasis...
Marcella and Mitchell Johnson Scholarship will be awarded to a student...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Margaret A. Thornton Scholarship
The Margaret A. Thornton Scholarship will be awarded to a student with a 3.0 or higher GPA. (1) Candidate be person working for a single subject...
The Margaret A. Thornton Scholarship will be awarded to a student with a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Marian E. Wagstaff Scholarship
The Marian E. Wagstaff Scholarship is for an (1) upper division or graduate status in secondary education. (2) Student must have completed 8 units...
The Marian E. Wagstaff Scholarship is for an (1) upper division or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Marion and Louie Fiske Memorial Scholarship
The Marion and Louie Fiske Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Child and Family Studies student with a 3.0 or better GPA. Student...
The Marion and Louie Fiske Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Maris U. Ubans Scholarship
The Maris U. Ubans Scholarship is for a full-time 3.0 or higher GPA. Scholarship will be awarded on excellence in musical theatre.
The Maris U. Ubans Scholarship is for a full-time 3.0 or higher GPA. ...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Martin L. Stout Scholarship
The Martin L. Stout Scholarship is to be determined by department chair.
The Martin L. Stout Scholarship is to be determined by department chair.
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Martin Roden Electrical Engineering Scholarship
The Martin Roden Electrical Engineering Scholarship is for a Full time CA Resident, financial need and potential for success both thru GPA and...
The Martin Roden Electrical Engineering Scholarship is for a Full time...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Mary Ann Alia Scholarship
The Mary Ann Alia Scholarship is for a student enrolled in Multiple Subject Credential Program with a 3.0 or higher GPA; must be enrolled in...
The Mary Ann Alia Scholarship is for a student enrolled in Multiple...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 May Chin Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The student has to be enrolled in the AUD program and show financial need.
The student has to be enrolled in the AUD program and show financial need.
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Merkin (Honors) Scholars (Program I)
The Merkin Honors scholarship will provide undergraduate financial support for talented students attending Cal State L.A., particularly those in...
The Merkin Honors scholarship will provide undergraduate financial...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended