Sonoma State University Scholarship Program
The Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 University Scholarship Application is now open, deadline to apply is February 1, 2024.
The annual application cycle is November 1 through February 1.
All scholarship applicants must use the MySSU login to access the scholarship application site. If you are a new applicant for admission, you may activate your MySSU account login to apply for scholarships and track your admission application.
Basic Eligibility Criteria
- Any degree-seeking student, new or continuing, planning to attend the upcoming year. Formal admission acceptance is not required at the time of application.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Full-time enrollment (verified at the time of disbursement)
Scholarship Application Content
- Basic questions regarding your background, interests, activities, and educational goals
- Description of your financial need (if applicable)
- Three short-answer essay questions addressing your intellectual growth and curiosity, service beyond the classroom, and goals and values
SSU Essay Prompt Advice
- Start your application early. This will allow you to view the essay prompts first and to take the time to brainstorm and draft your
responses in a separate document. During the application period (11/1 - 2/1), you can always save and revise your application
- Read the prompts carefully. Make sure you understand and address all parts of the prompts.
- Start with a draft. Jot down a list of ideas that are aligned with the essay prompts. Let those ideas develop and evolve. Revisit your list
and select the most compelling idea to focus on.
- Highlight what makes you unique. Be authentic and genuine when sharing your voices and experiences. Help the scholarship committee
know who you are.
- Provide specific details. Focus on a select few experiences that have meant the most to you rather than a long list of achievements.
Include information that enables the scholarship committee to fully understand your experience.
- Emphasize the significance. Focus on the impact of an experience. Your writing should primarily address why these experiences are
meaningful to you and others.
- Communicate your ideas effectively. Express your thoughts clearly using straightforward language, organizing content logically, and
choosing words concisely.
- Pay close attention to the word limit. Exceeding or not meeting the word count can limit the committee's ability to understand your
- Proofread and revise your writing. This may involve taking breaks from your writing and revisiting it with fresh eyes, or seeking
external writing support from a trusted teacher, peer, friend and/or writing center.
- Follow academic integrity standards. Essays should be your own original work.
CSU Future Scholars
The CSU Future Scholars program is designed for low-income, first-generation college students and is renewable for up to four years.
- Low-income (verified by FASFA information)
- First-generation (parents do not have a college degree)
- Incoming first-time first-year student
- 3.0 final high school GPA
Contact the Scholarships Office for more information; applications are generally available over the summer.
Theatre, Dance, and Music Scholarships
Each Athletic Department coach is responsible for making talent awards to athletes on their team. Consequently, student-athletes should contact the appropriate coach to explore possible athletic talent awards.
Summer Session/Winter Intersession Scholarships
The School of Extended and International Education offers scholarships to students before each summer and winter session. Visit the Summer Session/Winter Intersession page to learn more.