The Pioneer Scholarships Application is open from Oct 1 - Jan 31. Complete your application to be considered for over 100 institutional scholarships. The portal contains many external scholarship opportunities offered by companies and organizations outside CSUEB. Don't wait, apply now!
The majority of Pioneer Scholarships have a deadline of late January. See what you can do in the beginning of the academic year to prepare to apply.
October - The Pioneer Scholarship application will open.
January 31, 2020 - The general application will close for review.
February - Scholarship Review Process begins.
March - Financial Aid Award Letters will be generated with scholarship award information.
July - The scholarship system will shut down to archive the prior academic year’s information.
September - Begin drafting your Personal Statement “My Story” essay so that you are ready to go once the application portal opens up in October.
Write an essay titled “My Story” that tells the scholarship review committee about you. Your essay should be single space and not exceed one page. Be specific about your academic and career goals. Discuss any obstacles you have overcome and any specific financial needs you have. This is your opportunity to share what makes you unique and deserving of a scholarship. If you need help writing your “My Story”, go to the “Tips for Writing Your “My Story” Essay section on our scholarships webpage.
Log into AcademicWorks, the Pioneer Scholarship management system, by following the five easy steps below:
Once logged into AcademicWorks, complete your general scholarship application:
*Please note: You can edit the information on the General Application at any time until the deadline for each scholarship opportunity. If you do change any information in your general scholarship application, including profile information or applicant record data, prior to the scholarship deadline, it will get updated for all scholarships for which you’ve applied.
Once you complete the General Application and click Finish and Submit, you will see a list of scholarships that are recommended for you to apply to if you meet the criteria listed. There you will also be able to view the individual deadlines for each scholarship.
Click on “Other Recommended Opportunities” to see a list of scholarship opportunities you may qualify for based on imported data in your applicant record and the information from your General Application.
Click on “My Applications” to see the status of your applications. Be sure to apply for all Recommended Scholarship Opportunities you qualify for.
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.
(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.
Second, discuss how you overcame that obstacle.
Appealing to me
Appealing to aspect like it
I can contribute
Meant a lot to me
I want to make a difference
I like helping people
Questions? - Contact Karima Karim in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Karima.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Financial Aid & Scholarship Office at CSUEB provides scholarship availability to international students. International students will only be eligible for those scholarships that are merit-based. Need-based scholarships are part of Financial Aid, which is unavailable to international students.
Scholarships are offered by organizations or agencies, other than CSUEB, such as churches or fraternal organizations. You also may be eligible for student assistant jobs and scholarships offered by your major department.
We recommend that you visit these on-line resources to research potential scholarship opportunities:IEFA: Resource for financial aid, scholarship and grant information.
You need a study break and filling out a scholarship application is a good diversion.
You have studied many long hours to get great grades.
Scholarships are investments in our future- YOU!
Not all scholarships are based on need, some are based on academic or personal achievements.
Scholarships are a great way to pay for school - it is funding that you don't have to pay back!
Rather than having to search for scholarships and complete numerous applications, Pioneer Scholarships is an opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships with one application.
You are unique in all that you do and it is about time that you tell someone else about it.
Asking for letters of recommendation gives you a chance to connect with your professors without worrying about your grades.
There are many scholarships that were setup with exactly you and your talents in mind.
Writing an essay about yourself may not be an easy task, but good practice for writing cover letters, resumes and personal statements.
“Opportunities” refers to scholarship opportunities.
Absolutely! Only some scholarships require the filing of the FAFSA – in order to demonstrate financial need.
Scholarships are accounted for in your financial aid package, as they are considered an educational resource.
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.
You may update or make changes to personal information, such as your phone number, mailing address, or email address, via MyCSUEB. For questions pertaining to your academic information, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
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.
Based on your information and General Application responses, “Recommended” scholarship opportunities are suggested for your review because you might qualify. Please review the description of the scholarship opportunity, and if you meet all eligibility requirements, complete all Supplemental Questions to apply. If you read the description and you know that you do not qualify, please do not apply. Please note, “Recommended” does not guarantee qualification.
The “Ours” link scholarship opportunities will show all scholarships without filtering them based on your individual information. Some scholarships do not require additional information and if you qualify, you will be automatically considered. The first step in applying to any opportunities in the Pioneer Scholarship Application is to submit the General Application.
Yes, you may make changes to your General Application after it is submitted. However, please note that the system completes a point-in-time snapshot of your application when applying for individual scholarship opportunities based on its respective deadline date.
The “Confidential” reference option allows you to enter the name and email address of a reference provider, such as a current or previous professor, if they would prefer to upload their letter of recommendation confidentially. The status of the letter of recommendation will show as either “Requested” or “Submitted”.
Yes, you may continue to update your application until the deadline date. On the date of a scholarship deadline, the system completes a point-in-time snapshot of your application
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.
“Recommended” opportunities provide you with suggested scholarships for your review to determine if you meet eligibility requirements. Scholarship opportunities have various beginning and end dates, so we strongly encourage you to continuously log in and check for new scholarship 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.
“Archived” opportunities are scholarships that have completed their scholarship cycles. These are applications from previous application cycles that are no longer active. Only past applications that received award offers or acceptances are displayed, allowing applicants’ access to a record of past awards (if needed in the future, such as to list on resumes or graduate school applications.)