CSULB has hundreds of scholarship opportunities available. In the past, it took considerable time to pore through the offerings and send separate applications to those that were a good fit.
But now, students can easily apply for multiple scholarships through Beach Scholarships’ new online system. Funded in part by donors, alumni, and friends, the system can be accessed at www.csulb.edu/beachscholarships. The new system hosts all scholarships in the same location. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 15.
To begin the process, login with your Beach ID and password and fill out a general application. Complete your college application if you have a declared major. BeachScholarships will automatically apply you to several opportunities and create a list of recommended scholarships that require additional information to apply.
After applying, you will receive a confirmation email and be notified of scholarship awards via email 6‐8 weeks after each deadline. Applicants who don’t win an award will receive notification after all application seasons close.
To be considered for scholarships opportunities that require demonstrated financial need, you must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADA). If you are ineligible to establish need using these applications, contact the Center for Scholarship Information for guidance.
To improve your chances of a scholarship award, answer all parts of a question, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, be active in student organizations, and attend workshops through the Leadership Resource Center and Career Development Center.
All CSULB students are eligible to apply, however you must be enrolled in the following semester to receive the scholarship disbursement. For example, a spring scholarship deadline means you will receive the scholarship money in fall. Therefore, if you are graduating in spring, you will not be eligible for CSULB scholarships that are due in the spring.
Many scholarship recipients also receive federal and state aid. Scholarship funding may reduce the amount of aid you will receive from these sources, but typically it will reduce loan and work assistance before grants are changed. For other students, receiving a scholarship does not impact their financial aid packages at all.