Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Wildcat Scholarships

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2019-2020 Wildcat Scholarship Application NOW CLOSED!
Application open period: January 2-February 15


  • March 2nd - Supplemental information due for the Osher Reentry and the Crankstart Reentry Scholarship to be submitted by reentry students.
  • March 30th - Student accepted for the RN/BSN for Fall 2019 cohort.

To apply for one of the scholarships above(opens in new window)

California State University, Chico provides opportunities for scholarship awards to eligible admitted CSU Chico students. New and continuing CSU, Chico students are encouraged to apply by submitting the online Wildcat Scholarship Application using the Academic Works online program. New students do not need to be admitted to apply. Requires a Cal State Application to Chico State and a student ID. 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)

CSU, Chico President's Scholars Program

The President's Scholars Program is an important part of CSU, Chico'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 CSU, Chico students who will enroll as first-time freshmen. For fall 2019, $28,000 President's scholarships ($7,000 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. Fall 2019 admissions application submitted
  2. High school GPA of 3.5, and
  3. 1200 total SAT I Reasoning Test score (includes verbal plus mathematics), or a 27 composite ACT score  

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.

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  • Application Process
    • Sign in with CSU Chico Portal Credentials
    • Enter all of the information as requested on online application
    • Submit application by the deadline, Feb 15th
    • Complete any additional supplemental questionnaires, Feb 15th
    • Confirm submission of recommendation letter by the deadline, Feb 20th
  • Selection
    • Scholarship review committees will review eligible scholarship applicants
    • Selected recipients will be notified in June
    • Your Financial Aid award packages will be adjusted to include scholarship awards
  • Disbursement
    • Scholarships will be awarded beginning in June and will continue through the summer
    • Disbursement of scholarships will occur weekly, but not earlier than two weeks prior to the start of each semester
    • Monitor your Student Service Center regularly for any Hold, 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? 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.

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.