Admitted/Prospective Student Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Highlight- The Presidential Pioneer Scholarship

(Continuing Students, click here to visit our main scholarship page and view our other great opportunities)


The Presidential Pioneer Scholarship provides flexible support to Cal State East Bay students. The scholarship is renewable for up to three years (for incoming freshmen) and one year (for incoming transfers), at $10,000 per academic year, provided full-time enrollment and GPA are maintained.

To qualify for this opportunity, scholarship applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

* Be admitted to Cal State East Bay for the upcoming Academic Term
* Have a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher (if incoming Freshman)
* Have a transfer GPA of 2.7 or higher (if incoming Junior transfer)
* Submit two letters of recommendations from an instructor, teacher, counselor, or administrator
* Submit a 500-word essay on how you exhibit one or more of the following characteristics outlined below:
- Academic success, or potential to excel academically
- Demonstrated leadership skills or aspirations
- Qualities that have resulted in success dealing with a major life challenge, volunteer experience, or a passion for helping others

The award will disburse evenly per semester (Fall and Spring).

Applications available through early April so apply now! View all available scholarships here.

Please apply through the new Scholarship Universe portal at the button link below.

For questions regarding this scholarship and its criteria, please email

Many other scholarships are  still available - awards up to $10,000

There are more than 60* published scholarships still open to receive applications including 11 CSU Foundation Systemwide scholarships. Award amounts can go up to $10,000. Students must use their NetID to apply and must accept their offer of admission from the university to receive the aid. Please apply through the new Scholarship Universe portal.

Find the answers to some frequently asked questions below.


Find more information and helpful tips on the Scholarships home page

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can view the Scholarships at the public website.

To create a student profile inside the portal, you will need to have an active NetID. To activate a new NetID, visit the NetID website for instructions.

Go to the Pioneer Scholarship portal and create a profile on your student dashboard. To create a student profile inside the portal, you will need to have an active NetID. To activate a new NetID, visit the NetID website for instructions.

Inside the portal, answer as many questions as you can. The portal will match you with scholarship opportunities by using information you provide in your answers. The more questions you answer, the more scholarship opportunity matches you will receive.

Apply to the scholarships you are interested in, and be sure to complete your applications by the deadline stated on the individual scholarship listing. You can also search manually and filter your search by major, GPA, academic level, fulltime, award amount, or other criteria to find scholarships that interest you.

For help with your scholarship application, you will find notes, instructions and webinars to assist you; look for the Question mark symbol [?] at the top of the page. For technical assistance in using the portal, there is a feature to get answers from the help desk.

After you apply for specific scholarships, you will be notified automatically by email with an award letter sent to your Horizon student email account. Check this account often for messages from the University.


You can apply to as many Scholarships as you wish. After you apply, you can track the status of your application inside the Scholarship portal. Because your documents will be stored in the portal, they may serve as convenient references to assist you in making multiple applications more easily.

You will be notified by email in your Horizon student email account if you are offered an award or are denied.

Go to your MyCSUEB student portal where the award will be posted and follow the instructions to accept your award and send a thank you letter. Check your MyCSUEB regularly for updates to your financial account.

You must accept your aid award in MyCSUEB, and to receive the aid you must also accept your offer of admission to the university.

Scholarship awards will be announced in July, 2021.