Alumni Association First Generation Scholarships

Fall 2024: 2024 -2025 Academic Year Award

This scholarship is intended to encourage and support first generation families in their pursuit of higher education. It is helpful to include in your personal essay, background information highlighting your background as the first in your family to attend a four year university. This scholarship is funded by the CSUN Alumni Association.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be the first individual/generation in your family to attend a 4-year college or University.
  • Must have a well balanced, meaningful involvement and leadership in community and/or extra curricular activities.
  • Must be and remain in good academic standing throughout the award year.
  • One letter of recommendation will be submitted on my behalf via the myMatadors Scholarship portal.
  • Undergraduate students must enroll in 12 units or more each term of the next academic year.
  • Graduate students must enroll in 6 units or more each term of the next academic year.
    Any change to your enrollment status resulting in less than required enrollment for any term within the award year will result in a cancellation of your award.
  • GPA must be greater than or equal to a 3.0.
  • Must have a current FAFSA or California Dream Act Application on file for the upcoming academic year.
  • Must submit an educational resume.

*Multiple scholarships will be awarded.

  • Five awards will be funded by the CSUN Alumni Association following the criteria above.
  • One award will be funded in honor of Jill and Scott Feinstein following the criteria above.
  • One award will be funded in honor of CSUN Emeritus Professor, Michael V. Klein with additional criteria listed below.
  • Two Awards will be funded by Project GRAD LA with additional criteria listed below.
  • Applicants for the Dr. Michael V. Klein award shall be granted to a student majoring in Public Health or Health Administration or other related major and pursuing a career within the field of community health.
  • Applicants for the Project GRAD LA award must have graduated from one of the following high schools:
    - Arleta High School
    - Cesar Chavez Learning Academies (any of the 4)
    - San Fernando High School
    - Sylmar Charter High School

About Project GRAD LA: Project GRAD Los Angeles is a college readiness program designed to increase rates of college admission, persistence, and graduation for low-income minority students. Project GRAD LA works consistently to address the inequities in under-resourced schools in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. They provide exceptional college advising and college experiences to thousands of high school students which has directly resulted in college acceptances at nearly three times the national average for similar students across the country. This contributed to over 3,000 students applying to and attending CSUN during the last twenty years. The organization has seen the transformative power of a college education and how it ignites the full potential of first-generation students, their families, and their communities.

After 21 years of serving students in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Project GRAD Los Angeles closed its doors on August 21, 2020. To continue their mission of supporting first-generation students attending and completing college, the Board of Directors is pledging a portion of their organizational funds to endow first generation student scholarships to champion their work in perpetuity on the campus of California State University, Northridge.

*All recipients of these awards agree to submit a thank you letter addressed to the Alumni Association Board of Directors Scholarship Committee in order for award to disburse.

Should you have questions regarding this scholarship opportunity, please contact Melissa Dreiling @ (818) 677-4198

The CSUN Writing Center is available to help you write any of the essay questions listed below.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you the very first individual from your immediate family to attend a four year university?
  2. Are you majoring in Public Health, Health Administration or pursuing a career in the field of community health?
  3. For Project GRAD LA award consideration, please select the high school you graduated from:
  4. List your current employment in and/or outside of the home with an estimated number of hours you work per week.
  5. List your involvement, including approximate dates, with any school based clubs, service organizations, and/or personal volunteer time. If you were unable to be a volunteer please provide a brief description as to why.
  6. In approximately 400 words, tell us how your family background affected how you view education and the world today. Share with us why receiving a college education is important to you. Please note, this portion of the application is weighed the most by the scoring committee.
  7. [MSP 1] Please request: A letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, counselor, or community leader - who can attest to your meritorious performance and personal strengths and can assess your potential for academic and career success. The letter should include a signature, title, and contact information. The letter should be addressed to: *Award Selection Committee*.
  8. Please upload: Degree Progress Report or Unofficial Transcripts
  9. Please upload: A copy of your student resume/CV. A student resume is a detailed record of your personal and educational information. It includes the name of your school/college, coursework, projects (if any) undertaken, and awards. The resume may also contain additional information like your extracurricular activities, volunteer experiences, job experiences (if any), hobbies, etc.
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