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2023-24  Wildcat Scholarship Application is open Jan 2-Feb 15, 2023

By submitting the Wildcat Scholarship Application(opens in new window), you are applying for all major based, re-entry and university-wide scholarships. Be sure to apply(opens in new window) by February 15, 2023. 

California State University, Chico provides opportunities for scholarship awards to eligible admitted Chico State students. New and continuing Chico State students are encouraged to apply by submitting the online Wildcat Scholarship Application using the Blackbaud AwardManagement online program. New students do not need to be admitted to apply. Requires a Cal State Application to Chico State and a student ID. Full-time enrollment will be verified upon scholarship disbursement. Scholarships are based on any or all of the following criteria:

  • Educational and career objectives
  • Scholastic achievements
  • Financial need
  • Involvement in school or community service
  • Active affiliation with clubs and organizations
  • Special qualifications (talent, obstacles overcome, relationships)


  • Students accepted for the RN/BSN for summer 2023
  • For the Watling Family Nursing Scholarship ONLY
  • Letters of recommendations deadline April 10

Wildcat Scholarships: How to apply

Chico State President's Scholars Program

The President's Scholars Program is an important part of Chico State's commitment to the recruitment of highly qualified high school seniors, particularly from the North State. Since 1995, the university has offered selective scholarships to Chico State students who will enroll as first-time freshmen. For the upcoming academic year, President's scholarships $30,000 ($7,500 per year for four years) will be offered to qualified students. Up to seven President's scholarships will be offered to students in any major, including undeclared. Up to four scholarships will be offered to students in a major in the College of Agriculture.

Minimum Criteria:

  1. First Time Freshman
  2. Fall 2023 admissions application submitted
  3. High school GPA of 3.5, and
  4. Full-time enrollment during awarding year

Candidates must submit the online Wildcat Scholarship Application, and have at least one on-line letter of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

Selection of the President's scholars will be made by the University Scholarship Committee and the dean of the College of Agriculture for the additional scholarships. If you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 530-898-6451, or email

 Continuing Eligibility

  • Must enroll full-time (minimum of 12 units) each semester.
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3.

Wildcat Scholarship Process:


  • Application Process
    • Go to WILDCAT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION(opens in new window)-
    • Sign in with Chico State Portal Credentials
    • Enter all of the information as requested on online application
    • Submit application by the deadline
    • Complete any additional supplemental questionnaires
    • Confirm submission of recommendation letter by the deadline
  • Selection
    • Scholarship review committees will review eligible scholarship applicants
    • Late July: Scholarships will offered in student's financial aid package assuming all final recipients are confirmed by committees by this time
    • Your financial aid award will be adjusted to include scholarship awards
    • Mid-August: Regret notifications sent out
  • Disbursement
    • Disbursement of scholarships will occur weekly, but not earlier than one week prior to the start of each semester
    • Must meet full-time enrollment, GPA  and major eligibility according to the scholarship guideline to receive the funds
    • Monitor your Student Service Center regularly for any Holds, Messages and To Do List items

Wildcat Scholarship Written Statements

In addition to other questions, you will be asked to complete 5 written statements to help the scholarship committees get to know you and provide information that will help us match you to specific scholarship opportunities. 

We recommend you compose your written statements in a document editing program to easily proof and edit. You can save your answers and then copy and paste in the application. Please limit each response to 300 words or less. Easy readability format is important.

You may review and complete your responses to these questions before the online application opens.

  1. What are your educational and career goals?
  2. What campus or school sponsored activities have you participated in during the past three years? Describe your involvement, include names, dates of memberships, the number of hours involved, and offices held.
  3. What involvement have you had in community organizations or volunteer activities over the past three years? Include projects or events and your level of involvement.
  4. Explain how a scholarship will help you to fund your education. Include any information regarding exceptional hardships or obstacles you may have overcome in your pursuit of a college degree.
  5. Describe any special talent you may possess or your proudest accomplishment.

The  Student Writing Center (opens in new window) may be able to help with your statement responses. Currently enrolled CSU Chico students can schedule an one hour or 30 min drop-in session.

Wildcat scholarships require at least one letter of recommendation

Read Online Letter of Recommendation Guidelines for instructions and exceptions. Your application will be considered incomplete without a letter of recommendation.

Special department requirements:

  • Music and Theatre majors require an audition or interview and should contact the Music and Theatre Department office.
  • Majors in the Art and Art History department request a portfolio. Contact the department office.
  • Civil Engineering majors require a supplemental application. Contact the Civil Engineering office.
  • Floyd L. English Natural Sciences Scholarship requires two letters of recommendations.

Additional Conditional Application required:

After applying for the Wildcat Scholarship application, you will be prompted to also submit a Conditional Application for listed majors below. This Conditional Application will be on your dashboard when you log into the scholarship platform.

  • Agriculture majors
  • Business majors
  • Construction Management major
  • Music majors

Wildcat Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions