CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement


Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Description and Benefits: 
The CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement is a merit based award to recognize CSU students who have overcome adversity, have demonstrable financial need, and attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. Twenty scholarships of $6,000 each are awarded annually. Trustees’ Awards include the $8,000 Galinson for exemplary public service. The highest scoring recipient, designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar, receives a $12,000 award.
Application Process: 
Applicants must submit the following materials to SF State's Fellowships Office (Grad Stop Reception, ADM 250) by the campus deadline: a complete application, including (1) personal statement, (2) transcripts from each institution applicant has attended, (3) a written version of a 3-minute speech, (4) a video-recording of the 3-minute speech (download application instructions below for how to upload the video to SF State's CSU Trustees' Award iLearn site); (5) a short biography; and (6) application checklist with financial need signed off by the Office of Financial Aid, and GPA signed off by the Office of the Registrar. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ For examples of what the biography should contain, see the biographies of prior years' CSU Trustees' Award recipients at: http://www.calstate.edu/foundation/trusteesawards/awardees/. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Students who do not have a means of recording the 3-minute speech should contact Dr. Viveros (fellows1@sfsu.edu) to schedule an appointment to have their speech recorded. Applicants must be able to document financial need. U.S. students must be receiving financial aid. International students should contact Dr. Viveros for information about how to document financial need.
Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time CSU undergraduate or graduate student in any major field; be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid; and remain a full-time CSU student during the next academic year.
All recipients of the CSU Trustees’ Award are required to attend the awards ceremony at the Board of Trustees Meeting in Long Beach. Transportation expenses will be covered by the CSU Foundation. The awards presentation are usually held in September.
Students of any nationality may apply.
Program Deadline: 
The CSU systemwide deadline, usually in May, does not apply directly to students, who must apply by the University's campus deadline.
University Deadline: 
Complete applications must be delivered to Dr. Joy Viveros, Grad Stop Reception, ADM 250, by Noon on April 16, 2018. If you do not hand your application personally to Dr. Viveros, please email her at fellows1@sfsu.edu to request receipt confirmation.
More information: 

To apply, you will need to download the following forms.  The 2018 forms are not yet available.  For your general information, last year's forms are provided here.

  1. CSU Trustees Award--Program Description, Instructions, Applicaiton Checklist and Applicant Information Form (SFSU 2017)

If you are an international student or undocumented student, please use the following form to specify your financial need:

     2. CSU Trustees Award--Financial Need Form for International Students (SFSU 2017)

How To Apply: 
Applicants must apply for nomination through the University by the campus deadline. Please note that nomination is not guaranteed. Applicants are encouraged to work with the Fellowships Office well in advance of the campus deadline to perfect the personal statement, speech, and other application materials. If you would like to do so, please email Dr. Viveros at fellows1@sfsu.edu for an appointment.