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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. Special named scholarships will be awarded by the selection committee based on criteria such as studying in the STEM or education fields, veterans, and exemplary community service. 


$1,000 - $15,000

  • Open to all majors.
  • Student must be currently enrolled full-time and plan to continue being enrolled full-time in the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 academic year.
  • Student must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Student must have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and must demonstrate financial need.
  • Student must file a 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by the March 2nd priority deadline and must demonstrate financial need.
  • Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students are eligible to apply.
Application Process

To be considered for the CSU Trustees’ Award, students must submit the following three documents together in one email to[email protected] by 5pm on Thursday, March 18, 2021.  In the Subject Heading type: CSU Trustees' Award.

  • 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 (2) 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: Thursday, March 18, 2021 by 5pm