University Scholarship Program
California State University, Chico provides merit and scholarship awards
to deserving students in amounts ranging from $100 to $3000. Each year
the number and size of these awards vary.
The university offers two types of scholarships: university scholarships,
available to all students, and program scholarships, offered to students
within particular programs. The Scholarship Office receives applications
and forwards them to the appropriate scholarship committees for review,
according to the criteria and requirements specified for each scholarship,
such as scholastic ability, financial need, leadership, interest in a chosen
major or career, area of permanent residence, class level, letters of recommendation,
auditions, and special application materials.
An overall grade point average of 2.0 or above is required to qualify for
a scholarship. Consideration may also be given to financial need, specific
field of study, or other special criteria. Scholarship recipients must
be regularly admitted and are expected to maintain full-time enrollment
status at CSU, Chico during the term(s) of the scholarship. Students enrolled
only through the Open University program are not eligible.
The application for all California State University, Chico scholarships
is available between November 15 and February 1 in the Scholarship Office,
Financial Aid Office, or at www.csuchico.edu/scholarships.
Applications must be received at the Scholarship Office by 5 P.M. on February
1, or postmarked by February 1 each year.
While all scholarships require this application, some program scholarships
have additional application requirements. Your department can provide a
description of special requirements that apply to scholarships in your
The California State University, Chico scholarship application should be
requested from and returned to:
California State University, Chico
Chico, California 95929-0709
The university scholarship committees meet in March and April to designate
scholarship awards for the following year. If you are among the recipients,
you will receive a letter in May stating the name and amount of the scholarship
as well as information about how it will be disbursed to you. The award
is contingent upon your written acceptance within one month of the date
Unfortunately, there are not enough funds for all students who apply for
California State University, Chico scholarships. If you are not selected,
you will be notified in May. Occasionally, scholarship recipients cannot
accept their awards. The committee will then choose an alternate student
as a replacement. It is important to keep your address updated with the
Student Records Office.
All applications are kept active in the Scholarship Office for one year.
They will be considered for scholarships that may become available at times
other than the normal spring award cycle, and, with your permission, referred
to community organizations offering scholarships.
Presidents Scholars Program
In 1995, the university established the Presidents Scholars Program for
first-time freshmen attending California State University, Chico. High
school seniors with a 3.7 GPA and above (or 3.5 GPA and above with a 1200
combined SAT or 27 ACT composite score) who have applied early to the university
and have been admitted for the following fall semester are invited to come
to the campus to take part in a scholarship competition. On a Saturday
in February, these students take exams testing critical thinking, problem-solving,
and communications skills. Winners receive $10,000 scholarships. Several
$500 awards are given to runners-up. Call the Office of the President at
530-898-5201 for further information.
Available to selected athletes. Call Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational
Sports, 530-898-6470, for further information.
Available for selected students with outstanding academic performance records
and special talents. These usually require a separate application or nomination
process. New and continuing students should inquire at their department
offices for information about special awards.