FA&S- CSU Systemwide - Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation established an endowed scholarship fund in 1984 to honor William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst newspaper chain. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to create the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Contributions from CSU Trustees and private donors increase the value and number of available awards. Special named scholarships will be awarded by the selection committee based on criteria such as studying in the STEM or education fields, veterans, and exemplary community service.

The awards recognize students who have overcome adversity, demonstrated financial need, and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $17,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Reed Scholarship ($12,000), the Hampton Scholarship ($11,000), and the Galinson Scholarship ($9,000).

Award Period 2023-2024:


  • Demonstrate superior academic performance with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office (Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) that correlates with the award period must be on file)
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate or graduate student in any engineering major field at CPP and remain a CPP full-time equivalent student during the academic year
  • Submission of Personal Statement via the CSU Systemwide Scholarships application

(300 word count for each):
1. What experience has impacted your personal growth?
2. Tell us about a time you failed. What did you learn from that experience?
3. Why are you pursing your major? How does it relate to your career aspirations?
4. Provide an example of service beyond the classroom (i.e., have you taken on significant family obligations, helped others in a specific way, been involved in political action, worked/volunteered/interned at a particular organization, etc.). Why is this example significant to you?

  • Two letters of reference from individuals, such as teachers/professors, counselors, or community leaders, who can attest to the candidate’s meritorious performance and personal strengths and assess the nominee’s potential for success. One of the letters of reference must be from an academic instructor.

Financial Aid Offices on each campus will review the applications to ensure that they meet all requirements and, in consultation with the campus President, will select and forward one final nominee. Nominees with the highest scores will be interviewed for one of the top scholarship awards.

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact scholarships@cpp.edu

This scholarship opportunity involves a nomination process. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will forward selected nominees to the CSU Foundation. The CSU Foundation will make the final determination regarding chosen recipients. If selected as a nominee for this scholarship, the recipient will be required to submit supplemental materials as requested. Please be sure to check your CPP email for follow-up requirements.

CSU Foundation, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships