CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement
The CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement is a CSU systemwide scholarship, offered to all 23 CSU campuses.
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation established an endowed scholarship fund in 1984 to honor William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst newspaper chain. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to create the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Contributions from CSU Trustees and private donors increase the value and number of available awards. 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.
The awards recognize students who have overcome adversity, demonstrated financial need, and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000) and the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000).
Twenty (20) scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $6,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants must:
- Demonstrate superior academic performance with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing.
- Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
- Be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate or graduate student in any major field at a CSU campus and remain a CSU full-time equivalent student during the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.
- Submit a brief Personal Statement describing the student’s 1) Background, 2) Challenges they have encountered, 3) Personal achievements, 4) Educational pursuits, 5) Community service, reflecting a commitment to education and to the community, 6) Goals and aspirations for the future
- Submit two (2) letters of reference 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.
If nominated, candidate will work with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to submit the following supplemental materials to the CSU Foundation:
- A one-paragraph Biography, which must be approved by the campus Public Affairs Department (see Checklist and Biography Guidelines)
- Photos of the nominee, including a formal headshot to include in the program and individual informal shots of the nominee on campus, at home, at work, or at play. If the nominee does not have a formal headshot, then the campus Public Affairs department may assist before the student leaves the campus for the summer.
- Biographical Statement Copy Release Form and Visual/Audio Image Release Form, need to be signed and submitted. The stories and photos of the Trustees’ Awards recipients are publicized widely.
- All recipients of the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement will be invited to attend the awards presentation on September 19, 2017 at the Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach. Transportation expenses will be covered by the CSU Foundation.
- Award will disburse evenly in the Fall, Winter and Spring terms of the upcoming academic year.
For questions regarding this scholarship, please email Scholarships@csueastbay.edu.