Scholarships

Open doors, Open minds.

Providing access to education through scholarships is increasingly important. The Scholarships Program assists our mission, and more significantly our diverse students in realizing their dreams and reaching their fullest potential. The objective of the program is to attract and retain the most promising students, some of whom might not otherwise be able to pursue a degree without financial assistance. We continue to be committed to excellence through opportunity—ensuring that a Cal State East Bay education is open to all who seek it, regardless of economic or social circumstance.

Scholarships not only provide financial support for our students’ education they are an investment in our students’ future. With your help we can help students imagine new possibilities today and build a bright vision for the future.

For further information on annual or endowed scholarship, please contact University Advancement.

Why is There a Need?

The cost to attend a four-year college and competition with top students has increased dramatically. To remain competitive with other universities, Cal State East Bay is committed to developing scholarships and merit awards that support and honor our students.

Financial Assistance Offered at Cal State East Bay

More than 61% of Cal State East Bay Students receive some form of financial aid. A typical financial aid package consists of a student grant, a student loan, work-study, and/or income from a part-time job as well as an expected family contribution.

Financial assistance is a resource designed to supplement the cost of education, and is not intended to be used as a student’s sole means of funding. The types and amounts of aid Cal State East Bay awards or recommends are subject o the availability of funds, enrollment status, and financial needs.

Learn what it costs to go to Cal State East Bay.

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How to Establish or Give to a Scholarship at Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay invites you to enhance the mission that is at the heart of our educational enterprise: supporting students.

The type of support you choose can be designed to fit your intentions, financial resources and funding timetable. Scholarships can be established in the following ways:

Annual Scholarships

  • Provide support to students for one academic year
  • Allow a donor to make an immediate impact on the lives of our students
  • Can be renewed each year by the donor, or through a gift sufficient enough to cover several years
  • Annual student support is temporary and many times donors ultimately create an endowment to ensure that their scholarship is perpetuated. 
  • Gifts of any amount can be made in support of an established annual college, department, or program scholarship.
  • Unless otherwise stated, you can establish a named current use scholarship with pledge payments over a period of 5 years.
  • Minimum gift requirements, to establish named current use scholarships: 
    • University-wide Current Use Scholarship Opportunities
    • Presidential Scholarship $25,000
      A four year award to extraordinary students, the Presidential Scholarship, rewards significant scholastic achievement. You have the option of making your gift over a period of 4 years.
    • University Scholarship Fund $15,000 
      One-year, unrestricted scholarship awards based on merit and/or need for incoming and continuing students.
    • University Incentive Awards $10,000
      Provides financial aid to students who have overcome disadvantages to become qualified for admission to the University or who are "at risk" to remain due to special circumstances unrelated to academic promise or commitment.
    • College, Department, and Program Current Use Scholarship Opportunities
    • Graduate Student Fellowships $100,000
    • Undergraduate Scholarships $25,000
      One-year awards based on merit, need, or a combination of both.
    • Minimum gift for Travel and Internship Funds $25,000
      Enables students to study off-campus, both in the United States and internationally.

Endowed Scholarships

  • Provide a consistent flow of support to students and allows the University to plan into the future
  • Permanent fund meaning that the original asset is held in perpetuity and only a portion of the earnings from the fund is distributed to students on an annual basis
  • Endowment typically distributes 4% of the three year rolling average in the fund
  • You may choose to invest in an established endowed scholarship or create your own.
  • Minimum gift amounts to establish University Endowments are as follows:
    • Presidential Scholarship Endowment $150,000
      Income will be used to make merit-based four-year awards for the most academically accomplished high school seniors. The University's highest honor for entering freshmen, the Presidential Scholarship, rewards significant scholastic achievement. An increased number of Presidential Scholarships will enhance the University’s competitiveness in attracting students who demonstrate high academic promise and whose presence in the student body will enrich academic discourse.
    • University Scholarships $75,000 
      Income will be used for unrestricted one-year awards based on merit and/or need for incoming and continuing students. The University wants to ensure that there is a place for every student qualified to attend California State University, East Bay.
    • University Incentive Awards $50,000
      Income will provide financial aid to students who have overcome cultural obstacles or other disadvantages to become qualified for admission to the University or who are "at risk" to remain due to special circumstances unrelated to academic promise or commitment.
  • Minimum gift amounts for College, Department, and Program Endowments are as follows:
    • Graduate Student Fellowships $100,000
    • Undergraduate Scholarships $25,000
      Income will provide one-year awards based on merit, need, or a combination of both. These awards are given to entering or continuing students with declared majors or to participants in an academic enrichment, intercollegiate athletics, or community service program.
  • Minimum gift for Travel and Internship Funds $25,000
    Income will enable students to study off-campus, both in the United States and internationally. Such awards can also cover travel costs to enable students to attend academic and professional conferences.
  • Minimum gift for Award Fund $10,000
    Income will provide awards for student academic achievement.

If you are interested in establishing an annual or endowed scholarship, please contact University Advancement.

You can make a scholarship gift online via our secure web site, by mail or by fax. Please know that your gift, no matter the size, has a direct and meaningful impact on our students.

To make your scholarship gift by mail or fax, download the instructions and printable gift form (PDF).

To make an online scholarship gift, visit our secure online giving site. Feel free to designate your scholarship gift to the college, department, program, organization or specified scholarship that is most meaningful to you. Unrestricted scholarship gifts are always appreciated, as they can be applied to the greatest area of scholarship need.

Gifts of $5,000 or more qualify you for membership in the President's Circle, an honorary society of the University's closest friends. Membership includes recognition in our Honor Roll of Donors, as well as special invitations to University ceremonies, events and receptions.

A note about eligibility criteria factors:

Scholarships criteria may be determined in accordance with the donor’s request except that race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or age cannot be factors in selecting a recipient. Such eligibility factors as class level, major field of study, financial need, or academic excellence are acceptable examples of criteria.

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