This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who has demonstrated financial need, shows evidence of personal responsibility, unselfishness, and self-reliance. Students must have a 3.00 QPA, or in the case of incoming freshmen, show promise of academic success. Students should demonstrate evidence of participation in community, service or church organizations. Interested students should submit an essay to the Financial Aid Office by May 1st describing their past and current activities and any volunteer services, explain why they chose their particular field of study, and indicate what personal sacrifices they have made in order to fund their college expenses
California University of Pennsylvania offers academically talented and creatively gifted students a variety of University and Endowed Scholarship opportunities. Each scholarship has special selection and awarding criteria, which was agreed upon by the University and the scholarship donor (if applicable).
In order to streamline the selection process, California University does not use a scholarship application. Rather, all accepted students and currently enrolled students are considered for all possible University scholarships. However, selected applicants for some of the scholarship awards may be required to complete additional information for final determination of the award. If a Scholarship Application is required for a particular scholarship, it MUST be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by May 1st.
The scholarships offered range from $100 to full-tuition for an academic year. Many of the scholarships are renewable awards based on the student maintaining minimum academic standards and demonstrating financial need, if applicable. The Financial Aid Office or designated selection committee will select the best applicant(s) from the "pool" of students who met the minimum qualifications for the scholarship.
Most incoming freshman scholarships are awarded by May 1st , therefore all new students wishing to be considered for scholarship consideration must have applied and been accepted to the University by March 15th. In addition, most scholarships are awarded solely on academic merit or special talent, however some scholarships also require verification of financial need. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15 if you wish to be considered for all scholarship possibilities. If you do not have a FAFSA on file at the time we make our scholarship selections, you will not be considered for any scholarship that has a need-based requirement to the scholarship.
If you are accepting an awarded scholarship, it means that you agree to abide by any applicable university, federal, and/or state regulations.
In addition, you must:
be registered for at least 12 credit hours for each semester during the academic year for which you receive a scholarship, and
be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (not on financial aid suspension) as defined by the Financial Aid Office.