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California State University Fullerton
Department of Child and Adolescent Studies

Awards and Scholarships

Departmental Awards

Award Application

The CAS department provides several annual departmental awards. Applications for the awards become available in late Feb/early March through the CAS office. Students interested in applying should pick up an application from the CAS office. Recipients are required to attend the CAS Celebration of Achievement. (Please note that only students who receive a notification from the CAS department are allowed to apply to the Outstanding Lower Division/Junior/Senior award. Notifications are sent through the student portal in late Feb/early March. All other awards are open to all CHAD majors.)

Description of Departmental Awards

CSUF Scholarship Opportunities

More scholarships may be available through the financial aid office.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office: UH-146, (657) 278-3125




Melissa Rivera

My name is Melissa Rivera. I was the 2010 recipient of the Kimberly Perkins Scholarship award.  I am honored and humbled to be among the students who have received the Kimberly Perkins Scholarship award.  The scholarship means so much to me because it enabled me to continue my journey to become a teacher. For many years I took one or two classes a semester because that was all I could afford.  The year previous to winning the award I was working three jobs.  Unfortunately, I was laid off from two jobs and my savings began to dwindle. As the semester continued, I was unsure if I would have the money to cover the upcoming tuition.  Winning the scholarship helped me pay my tuition allowing me to continue my studies.  I am very grateful for the ability to complete my bachelor’s degree in May and then continue on to the teacher credential program in the Fall.  As I continue to journey toward my goal of becoming a teacher, I will remember Kimberly’s inspiring story.  I want to take the opportunity to, once again, recognize the great generosity of Kimberly’s parents, Rick and Nanci, and many of their friends and family who supported students like me through the Kimberly Perkins Scholarship fund. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage others to contribute to the fund, so we may continue to honor Kimberly’s memory by supporting students’ dedication to academic excellence.

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