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CSU Trustees’ Awards for Outstanding Achievement

Academic Year  2022-2023

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. 


$7,000 - $17,000

  • Open to all majors.
  • Student must be currently enrolled full-time and plan to continue being enrolled full-time in the Fall 2022-Spring 2023 academic year.
  • Student must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Student must have filed a 2021-2022 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and must demonstrate financial need.
  • Student must file a 2022-2023 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


  • Applicant Information Form
  • 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
  • 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 Period Ended