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, by the priority deadline of March 2. 

Pioneer Scholarships 

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, access our online tool, Pioneer Scholarships, using your MyCSUEB credentials, and complete the General Application.

Pioneer Scholarships

When to Apply for Scholarships

The application window will open mid-Fall quarter 2015 and remain open until the end of Winter quarter 2016. You are strongly encouraged to complete the General Application as soon as possible. Once completed, you will be automatically considered for all open CSUEB scholarships. This includes being automatically recommended to specific scholarships for which you have met the minimum qualifications. You can log in at any time to update and/or see the status of your application.

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. Have more questions about Pioneer Scholarships and completing the General Application? Visit the Pioneer Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions web page.

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 2016-17 academic year. All scholarship applicants must use their MyCSUEB login user name and password to gain access to 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 where post-award criteria is not maintained. (eg., minimum GPA, academic standing, enrollment/units)

Community Scholarships

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 scholarships directly with the scholarship provider. Visit the Community Scholarships web page for a list of community scholarships with links to the specific organization’s information page and application process. 


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