CSU Trustees’ Awards for Outstanding Achievement


The CSU Trustees’ Awards for Outstanding Achievement recognizes students who have demonstrated financial need, modeled exemplary academic performance, community service and personal accomplishments. The awards are funded through earnings on the William Randolph Hearst Foundation endowment as well as annual contributions from members of the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Foundation Board of Governors, and other donors. Each campus will have a Trustees’ Award Recipient.


$1,000 - $12,000


Student must be currently enrolled full-time and plan to continue being enrolled full-time in the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 academic year. Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students are eligible to apply.
Student must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Student must have submitted a 2017-2018 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2017.

Application Process

To be considered for the CSU Trustees’ Award, students must submit the following three documents together in one email to: vpopovi@calstatela.edu by noon on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

  • Submit a brief personal statement (word document, 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, there is no page limit), describing the following:
    • Background
    • Challenges they have encountered
    • Personal achievements
    • Educational pursuits
    • Community service, reflecting a commitment to education and to the community
    • Goals and aspirations for the future
  • Submit two letters of reference (PDFs) from individuals, such as teachers/professors, counselors, or community leaders, who can attest to the candidate's meritorious performance and personal strengths and assess the nominee’s potential for success.  One of the letters of reference must be from an academic instructor.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by 12:00pm (noon)