Pioneer Scholarships

Pioneer Scholarships Application Portal is Now Live!

. Complete applications to be considered for hundreds of institutional scholarships and many private scholarships that are tailored specifically to your eligibility! 

 The portal contains many external scholarship opportunities offered by companies and organizations outside CSUEB. Don't wait!

Did You Know...

  • Admitted students and current students are eligible to complete the Pioneer Scholarship Application.
  • Students can search for scholarship opportunities by major, academic program, interests, and more! 
  • You can monitor the submission of letters of recommendation and send electronic reminders to your references. 
  • Students can view scholarship offers and accept scholarship awards online. 
  • Students are able to submit Thank You letters online and learn more about our scholarship donors.


Scholarship Timeline:

The majority of Pioneer Scholarships have a deadline of late February. See what you can do in the beginning of the academic year to prepare to apply.

November 2, 2023 - The Pioneer Scholarship application will open.

March 2, 2024 - The general application will close for review.

March - Scholarship Review Process begins.


Campus Guidance

CSUEB Fund Reporting Policy

Federal Regulations do not allow ┬ÚÂ╣├█╠ĎAV to provide ┬ÚÂ╣├█╠ĎAV students with funding in excess of their Cost of Attendance or 'Need' as calculated by the FAFSA/ CADAA Application. ( Need = COA - EFC). 

Issuance of funds or cash equivalent prizes/awards/gifts are considered Estimated Financial Assistance and must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Clause (1)(iii) of , (Code of Federal Regulations) specifically, states  (1) The estimated amount of assistance for a period of enrollment that a student (or a parent on behalf of a student) will receive from Federal, State, institutional, or other sources, such as scholarships, grants, net earnings from need-based employment, or loans, including but not limited to- ... (iii) Any educational benefits paid because of enrollment in a postsecondary education institution, or to cover postsecondary education expenses;..." [685.102(b)] See also .


Campus Procedure

  1. Click here to review whether you will need to report the scholarship/stipend/award/prize to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
  2. Click here to submit the Student Fund Reporting Form.
    1. Note that you must provide all necessary disclosures to the recipients. The disclosure can be found at the bottom of this page
  3. To ensure federal compliance and that the least amount of students is negatively impacted by possible adjustments resulting from late fund reporting, All SFR forms must be submitted by the established deadline. Should departments submit the SFR later than the deadline, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships reserves the right to request that the department consider funding the student during the subsequent academic term.


Deadline to submit Student Fund Reporting Form for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:

Fall 2023 - October 31

Spring 2024 - March 29

Summer 2024 - July 8


Questions? -  Contact Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at

Here is the prompt for the “My Story” Essay:

Write an essay titled “My Story: that tells us about you. Be Specific about your academic and career goals, and how you plan to reach those goals. Discuss any obstacles you have overcome and any specific financial needs you have. This is your opportunity to share with us what makes you unique and deserving of a scholarship.

Here is the prompt broken down into its essential components:

(1) Write an essay titled “My Story” that tells us about you. Be specific about your academic and career goals, and how you plan to reach those goals.

TIPS: Mention your major, or program you are pursuing. Also, if you feel you haven’t settled on a direction or major, discuss the options you are considering and what you’re doing to settle on an option. The point is to show that you are mature and are thinking of your own future. The readers want to award a student who will put the scholarship money to good use.

  • I want to be a teacher and work in a school that serves low-income children.
  • I want to be an engineer and work for Cisco so that I can create new products that will keep Silicon Valley a strong and competitive location for the tech industry.
  • I’m not sure what I want to do, but I am considering becoming a financial analyst. I’ve talked to some of my friends’ parents. I also plan on contacting different collages about their Graduate level economics and business programs. Also….

(2) Discuss any obstacles you have overcome and any specific financial needs you have. This is your opportunity to share with us what makes you unique and deserving of a scholarship.

Obstacles can be anything from your financial situation, to being the first in your family to go to college, to not having your own mode of transportation. You just have to show why that obstacle is important and why a scholarship will help you overcome this and other obstacles.


First, describe an obstacle.

  1. Not having a car
  2. Being a parent and going to school full time
  3. Family pressures
  4. Financial situation

Second, discuss how you overcame that obstacle.

  1. Not having a car: I take the bus to school even though it takes me two hours to get to school every day. I also carpool when I can.
  2. Being a parent and going to school full time: I am a single parent with two kids. My family and friends help me with child care so that I can go to school….
  3. Family pressures: My parents prefer that I don’t go to school and that I work full time to help with the family finances. Because it’s important for me to finish school, I work full time and attend night classes…
  4. Financial situation: Although my parents help me with college expenses, money is tight since the economy has been down. I currently work part time, but it doesn't pay well enough to help me with all of my educational expenses
  1. Read the prompt several times and think about what it is really asking. Try to restate the prompt in your own words.
  2. Start at least three weeks before the deadline, if possible.
  3. Read the prompt again and think about it.
  4. Make an outline.
  5. Read the prompt again.
  6. Write a draft.
  7. Ask someone to read your draft
  8. Make changes afterwards, and start to focus on clarity
  9. SHOW, don’t tell. - Avoid words and phrases without explanation. For example, if you use the words shown below, you will have to explain (or show) why you felt this way and how the experience you’re describing impacted your life.
  10. Create your second draft
  11. Don’t read it for at least 24 hours! Then read it again and be very critical and check for mistakes you know you usually make.
Words and phrases to consider
Words 1 Words 2 Words 3 Words 4









Feel good

Appealing to me

Appealing to aspect like it

It’s important

I can contribute

Meant a lot to me






I want to make a difference

I like helping people







Possible Format/Outline:

  1. Introduction: Briefly, who are you? What’s your major? Give a little background info.
  2. Background on what has inspired you to choose your major.
  3. Career goals. What do you plan to do when you leave CSU ┬ÚÂ╣├█╠ĎAV? Why are you in school?
  4. Financial need. How will you use the scholarship if you receive it? Conclude.

Questions? -  Contact Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at

Due to U.S. taxation laws associated with international study, scholarships for international students are limited.

However, the CSUEB Financial Aid & Scholarship Office sometimes have opportunities available and posted on the portal and encourage students to check frequently from our scholarship database.

Q: If I don’t receive financial aid, can I still get a scholarship?
Absolutely!  Only some scholarships require the filing of the FAFSA – in order to demonstrate financial need.

Q: If I do receive financial aid and a scholarship, will my financial aid be affected?Scholarships are accounted for in your financial aid package, as they are considered an educational resource.

Q: Will my other financial aid be reduced if I win a scholarship?
While this is possible, it is unlikely.  When this does occur, it is typically only when Loans are taken out, up to the Cost of Attendance (COA) budget.  In that case, the loans are reduced and replaced by the scholarship:  we are swapping free money for money that would have had to be repaid. 

Q: Am I eligible for scholarship opportunities if I have not been admitted to CSUEB yet?
You may apply for scholarship opportunities; however, your application will only be considered if you are admitted, and you meet scholarship eligibility requirements. Your scholarship application does not guarantee admission to CSUEB.

Q: When will I be notified if I am awarded a scholarship?
Scholarship opportunities are offered by many departments and colleges across campus with different deadlines dates; therefore, we suggest that you occasionally log in and check for updates. If selected for a scholarship, the department will contact you directly.

Q: What are “External” opportunities?
“External” scholarship opportunities are scholarships that are not affiliated with CSUEB. They are off campus private scholarship notices and are listed for your consideration at the request of private organizations. These scholarships require a separate application and have various eligibility requirements and deadlines. Interested applicants must contact the organization directly with questions.