Scholarships are funds offered to students who meet specific criteria, by various colleges and departments, charitable organizations, corporations, local businesses and individual donors. Scholarships may be awarded on merit, need, or a combination of factors and do not require repayment!*
For scholarships where financial need is considered, most require the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov, by the priority deadline of March 2.
California State University, East Bay awards hundreds of scholarships each year. Scholarship awards range from $100 to $6,000 and are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students. To apply for all open CSUEB scholarships use our new online tool, Pioneer Scholarships, using your MyCSUEB credentials.
When to Apply for Scholarships
The application period for most CSUEB scholarships begins February 2 and ends March 31. After completing your Pioneer Scholarships General Application, you will be automatically recommended to further apply to scholarships for which you may qualify. You can log in any time to update or see the status of your applications.
Complete Your Application
Please note that you will not be considered for scholarship opportunities until your General Application is complete. We encourage you to complete your General Application as soon as possible, so you have ample time to apply for all scholarships that are recommended to you, by the application close date of March 31.
Getting Started in Pioneer Scholarships
To be considered for a Cal State East Bay scholarship, applicants must be a continuing, new, or prospective student who has applied for admission for the 2015-16 academic year. All scholarship applicants must use their MyCSUEB login user name and password in order to gain to access the Pioneer Scholarships portal. Please make sure you have received a student Net ID and have activated your MyCSUEB account with a valid e-mail address.
Notification and Accepting Your Pioneer Scholarship Award
If you are awarded a Pioneer Scholarship, an award notice will be sent to your Horizon e-mail account. You will be directed back to the Pioneer Scholarships portal to accept or decline your award, and to learn of any post-award criteria such as writing a thank-you letter.
* Repayment may be required in some scholarships instances where post-award criteria is not maintained. (eg., minimum GPA, academic standing, enrollment/units)
Students may also apply for scholarships offered outside of Cal State East Bay. These community scholarships are administered by organizations other than Cal State East Bay: local businesses, charitable organizations, corporations, and civic groups. Students apply for those in various ways (and meet various deadlines) directly with the scholarship provider. Visit the Community Scholarships web page for a list of community scholarships with links to the organization’s information page and application process.