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Alumni Scholarships

Alumni scholarships are made possible through the generosity of those who believe in investing in the futures of others. Support comes from revenue generated by membership in the Alumni Association and through personal donations by alumni who believe in giving back to their alma mater that gave so much to them. Scholarships are $1,500 each. The Alumni Association currently provides multiple scholarship opportunities to CSUN students in each of the following three areas:

Legacy Scholarships

First Generation Scholarships

  • For students who are the first in their family to attend a four year university. Link to more info

Graduate Student Scholarship

  • For alumni who attended CSUN as undergraduates and plan to continue their education at CSUN at the graduate level. Link to more info

Alumni Chapter Scholarships

  • A number of chartered alumni chapters offer scholarships in a variety of disciplines. These are posted in your academic department office.

Congratulations to our 2013 Scholarship Recipients

Alumni Graduate Scholarship Recipient
Elizabeth Dorssom

Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipients
Dylan Joseph Poirier
Lindsay Pleskus 
Kaitlyn Amodeo
Justin Phillip Korson
Hayley Brownell 

Alumni First Generation Scholarship Recipients
Catherin Placencia
Marquis Williams
Karla Anzora
Adan Garay
Adriana Renee Mendez
Victoria Weaver
Ashley Vaughn Scruggs
Tania Benjamin

Scholarship Deadlines:

Scholarships are awarded once per year at the begining of the Fall semester. The application period for next Fall 2014 will begin in January 2014.

Submission of Documents
All appliction documents should be sumbitted through the STARS Online system. Complete scholarship application packet consists of:

  • Completed Application (We use the STARS Online system application available through the Financial Aid Office website.) Link to STARS Online Application.   
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (One preferred from an academic source)
  • Your Personal Essay
  • Copy of your high school or college transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • Note: If you are eligible in more than one category, you only need to submit one application packet. You will automatically be considered in both categories.

Mailing Address

Please submit all requested documents to the CSUN Financial Aid Office through the STARS Online system, not to the Office of Alumni Relations. But, if you have any questions about Alumni Scholarships, contact:

Shellie Hadvina
Associate Director, Alumni Relations

Direct Phone: (818) 677-5541

Selection Process

The Cal State Northridge Alumni Association reviews applications for alumni scholarships using all information available at the stated deadlines. Student reported eligibility information is confirmed by records available on the University computer system. Information that cannot be confirmed using computer records will not be used by the Scholarship Office. The Scholarship Office cannot be responsible for errors on the system and subsequent late changes. Admissions and grade changes made after the deadline are not considered in the application or award process. After the applications have been reviewed, they are forwarded to the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee for selection and scoring according to the criteria and requirements specified for each scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and meeting the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee an award. If selected, you will be notified by the Alumni Association at the end of July and funds will be dispersed by the CSUN Scholarship Office at the end of August. Occasionally, scholarships recipients cannot accept their awards. When this occurs, an alternate is selected as a replacement.

Due to the large number of applicants, you will not be individually contacted by the Alumni Association during the selection process and only the final recipients will be notified of their award.  However, you may confirm receipt of your application by the alumni selection committee by emailing your name and scholarship category to anytime after the posted submission deadline.  The names of the final scholarship recipients will be posted on our website beginning September 1st.

Support CSUN Students

If you are interested in donating funds in support of our alumni scholarship program, starting a scholarship in your own name or in honor of another, contact Shellie Hadvina in the Alumni Association at (818) 677-5541 or e-mail