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CSUF Black Student Scholarship Fund
Application status: Closed

Orange County Community Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist current high school seniors and current undergraduates who plan to attend Cal State University Fullerton for the upcoming academic year.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the CSUF Black Student Scholarship Fund must:

  • Self-identify as Black or African American
  • Be high school seniors or graduates or current college undergraduates
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at Cal State University Fullerton for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

*Applicants must have applied to Cal State University Fullerton by the application deadline.

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $1,500 award.

Awards will be provided to both new and returning CSUF students.

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Awards will be made payable to the recipient.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in April.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Orange County Community Foundation. Payment is made in early August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of educational and career goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation.

Financial need will be reviewed and evaluated based on each students’ financial information at CSUF.

Selection of recipients for the CSUF Black Student Scholarship Fund is made by Scholarship America. All CSUF Black Student Scholarship Fund applications will be sent to the Orange County Community Foundation for evaluation and recipient selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Financial Literacy Support

Award recipients will be given access for a year to WhichWay, a financial literacy tool with interactive financial education modules containing tools and tips that include the following topics:

  • Understanding Basics of Budgeting
  • Achieving Goals
  • Creating and Maintaining a Budget
  • Paying for College
  • Understanding Credit
  • Obtaining Credit
  • Applying for Financial Aid
  • Managing Credit Cards
  • Managing Student Loans While in School
  • Managing Debt
  • Repaying Student Loans

Participation in Scholarship America’s financial literacy tool, WhichWay is offered to scholarship recipients. Recipients will be invited to register online to participate in financial education activities to help guide a student to financial stability and success.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 4, 2022 3:00 pm CT.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Orange County Community Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!