Pioneer Scholarships

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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. Regardless of your accomplishments, interests, background, G.P.A, area of study, financial need, or residency status, we encourage all students to apply for scholarships. 

Scholarships generally require an application, essay and letters of recommendation. It is well worth the effort to apply. In addition to potential funding, students contribute to their larger education by learning how to pursue a goal, write persuasively, and communicate with donors. 


New scholarship opportunities with unique deadlines are posted throughout the year and sometimes deadlines are extended, so search early, and search often! 


In order to be considered for a Cal State East Bay scholarship, students must be a continuing student or a new student who has applied for admission for the upcoming academic year. Before you attempt to apply, please make sure you have received a Cal State East Bay student NetID number and have activated your MyCSUEB account with a valid email address.  

Although many scholarships are awarded to honor outstanding academic achievement or talent, many take financial need into consideration. For scholarships where financial need is a selection criterion, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration.

Below is a categorical listing of all scholarships offered to CSUEB students, and associated links.

California State University (CSU) Scholarships

CSUEB offers student scholarship awards administered by the California State University (CSU) system to students with various talents, interests, or educational goals who meet criteria specific to each particular scholarship. Students from all 23 CSU campuses compete for these scholarships. To apply, visit the web links provided for CSU Scholarships.

CSUEB College/Department Scholarships

Many CSUEB Colleges and Departments offer scholarships; usually to their students majoring in a particular field. Check with the department for more information. Visit the College and Department Scholarships web page for a list of scholarships with links to each department’s web page.

Community Scholarships

Cal State East Bay students have many opportunities for scholarships offered by the community. They are administered by organizations other than Cal State East Bay: local businesses, charitable organizations, corporations, local Rotary Club, local Chambers of Commerce. Students apply for those in various ways (and meet various deadlines) to be considered. Visit the Community Scholarships web page for a list of community scholarships with links to the organization’s information page and application process.


New for the 2014-2015 school year: students with family incomes of up to $150,000 may be eligible to receive FREE financial assistance to help pay for college. California recently enacted a new scholarship program, the Middle Class Scholarship. To apply, simply complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) online by March 2, 2014. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid Scholarship Opportunities web site.

Additional Information

You can find even more scholarship information by contacting local civic, fraternal, religious, ethnic, social, private and professional organizations.

Please remember: there are different deadline dates for the various scholarship opportunities offered at CSUEB. So search early, and search often!

Per IRS Code 117, you may be responsible to pay taxes on any scholarship award. For more information please contact the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or seek advice from a certified tax preparer.

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