Vets and Cadets Endowed Scholarship
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Award Amount: $500 - $2,000 (subject to funding)
Established by: This award was established by a CSUF alumnus Gregory Wirzbicki, his wife Cheryl, and their daughter Kathryn to provide scholarships honoring and aiding Veterans and other students of United States military background who are pursuing a degree at California State University, Fullerton. The award is meant to assist the student in meeting educational and personal expenses while enrolled in college.
Open to: This scholarship award is open to new and continuing enrolled students at CSUF who are pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree and have served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces, including the ROTC program at CSUF.
Criteria: The award is designed to recognize Veterans and other qualifying students who emulate strong leadership as evidenced through military service, academic success, initiative, altruistic values, and desire to make a difference.
Demonstration of such leadership qualities might be observed in activities such as:
- Past military service
- Past leadership activities in the community, ARMY ROTC, and/or the university.
- Strong academic performance; Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall
- Initiative shown in academic classes, labs, student clubs, or organizations
- Contributions made via independent study, research projects, internships, or club/team activities
- Pursuit of advanced degrees/career goals
- Activities/contributions that have made an impact on individuals ororganizations
- Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at California StateUniversity, Fullerton
- Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need through the application process
- This is an annual scholarship, and all students (previous recipients are eligible) must apply on a yearly basis
Nomination materials should include:
- Resume prepared by student nominee
- Recommended but not required: one to three page personal statement by student describing relevant achievements and future plans. See attached for suggested topics.
Awardee is expected to attend recognition event and formally accept the award
- Complete the SA application answering all 7 questions and sign the certification
- Complete a FAFSA application (or have one on-file) for establishing financial need (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Submit completed application(s) and materials (if required) to the Military Sciences Office in MLS
Application Deadline: April 3
VETS AND CADET FUND SCHOLARSHIP - ESSAY GUIDELINES
The selection committee deciding upon awards from the Vets and Cadet Fund welcomes an essay from those seeking an award. Although merit is the ultimate determinant, the fairest evaluation of any candidate requires consideration of his/her personal circumstances. The essay thus becomes the candidate’s opportunity to humanize himself or herself and communicate his/her motivation and goals, as well as relate any achievements attained and/or adversities overcome. The selection committee will especially want to know of the candidate’s past U. S. military service and future plans, if any, to continue in U.S. military service or to enter U.S. Military service. In the essay, the selection committee encourages applicants - Don’t be shy. Repeat, DON’T BE SHY ABOUT EXRESSING YOURSELF. The essay should be about the candidate as a person, as well as his or her desire for military service or achievements in military service. The candidate is free to write the essay in any manner that he or she feels comfortable with (for example, simple narration, or numbered paragraphs, or bullet points). The essay is encouraged, but not required and exclusive of attachments, should between 1 and 3 pages and include any or all of the following:
- Past or Present US Military Service. For U.S. veterans or current and ex-US Military, consider providing dates of service, the military branch you served in, current or final rank, and any medals received or other recognition of achievement in the US military. Feel free to discuss your time in service, e.g., where you served and the details of what you did in the service of your country. Copies of citations or proof of past service can be attached to the essay. For ROTC cadets without prior military service, relate your experiences in the ROTC program thus far.
- Current Obligations. Your current life situation and financial situation are important considerations. Please detail your personal situation and any family obligations as well (e.g., support of other family members, such as spouse, children, parents, orsiblings).
- Current or Intended Major(s) (and minor(s), if applicable) at CSUF, your reasons for pursuing a degree in those fields, and your current GPA.
- Future Goals, whether or not of a military nature. If, upon graduation, you plan to continue military service through the CSUF ROTC program, or otherwise, identify what you’d like to do in the US military. If undecided, perhaps identify 2 or 3 options you’re considering.
- Life Experiences: Adversities you’ve overcome and how you overcame them. Achievements and accomplishments in life that you care to share. Please also consider sharing the circumstances of your upbringing, including any financial difficulties involved.
- Other Considerations. In addition, the candidate is free to inform the selection committee of anything else that would be helpful in considering your candidacy for an award. Again, don’t be shy!
- Attachments The candidate is free to add attachments to the essay, for example, copies of document(s) showing prior military service, awards earned, etc.
Roy Lopez Scholarship for Valor
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Amount: $2,500 (2 awards – based on availability of funds)
Established by: This scholarship was endowed by Ms. Adriana Mraz and family established in memory of Roy Anthony Lopez, who was a cadet in the CSUF Titan Battalion. The scholarship will be awarded during the CSUF Army ROTC Ceremony in May of each year.
Open to: This scholarship is open to all Military Science cadets of California State University Fullerton in their Junior or Senior year.
- Full-Time Enrollment
- 3.0 GPA
- Financial Need/Hardship
- Must live the Army values and demonstrate exceptional Officership
- Community Service Activities
- Exemplary 500-word Essay
- Write an essay (no more than 500 words) about what it means to you to become an Army Officer. Describe any personal, academic or physical hardship that you have overcome on your way towards becoming an Army Officer. Discuss the process on how you conquered the situation and the factors that motivated you to move on. Write about the personal achievements, community service and examples of selfless service in helping your fellow cadets. Describe your educational and career goals and elaborate on how the scholarship award will assist in achieving your goal of becoming an Army Officer;
- Submit an Unofficial Transcript;
- Submit completed application(s) and materials (if required) to MS-103 or call (657)278-3007; and
- If selected for an award, possibly have a face to face interview with the selection committee.
Application Deadline: April 3
William McGarvey Scholarship
Amount: $400 (4 awards)
Established by: This scholarship was established by Mr. William McGarvey in honor of Ms. Carol Wise who have liked the ROTC cadets because of their politeness and respectfulness. The scholarship will be awarded during the CSUF Army ROTC Award Ceremony in May of each year.
Open to: This scholarship is open to all Military Science – Reserved Officer cadets of California State University Fullerton.
- Full-Time Enrollment
- Ranked by peers and faculty according to the following: For Living the 7 Army Values, Outstanding Service to the Community, Spirit of Teamwork, Dedication to the CSUF Army ROTC Program
Application Procedure: By Military Science Faculty nomination only
Nomination Deadline: April 4
Army ROTC Scholarships
Amount: Full college tuition plus $1,200 yearly book stipend. The option of receiving $10,000 yearly for Room and Board in lieu of tuition is available. The Army ROTC Scholarship is available for students who have been accepted into the Army ROTC program under contract and whom will serve in the United States Army, Army Reserve and or Army National Guard as a commissioned Officer.
Established by: Department of Defense. The Army ROTC Scholarship financially supports the ROTC Cadet during their pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree and complements the contracted Cadet stipend of $420 monthly during the academic year. ROTC produces commissioned officers similar to United States Military Academy (USMA) West Point, NY however offers the Cadet the traditional on campus experience plus upon graduation and commission has Reserve Component options to fulfill their service agreement.
Open to: The Army ROTC scholarship is available for CSUF students of all majors that are pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree and meet criteria.
- Full time enrollment
- minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Cannot graduate on the same year that you will be turning 31 years of age
- Be a U.S. citizen
- CHARACTER: No drug possessions; No assault charges; No major law violations
- Medically qualified by Department of Defense Medical Evaluation
- Meet Army physical fitness standards
- University Acceptance
- AGREE TO ACCEPT A COMMISSION: Active duty, Army Reserve, or National Guard
Application Procedure: Schedule an appointment with the ROTC Enrollment Adviser Mr. Steven Yach – Office (657) 278-3527, Cell (714) 931-3440, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Application Deadline: N/A