Financial Aid

Scholarships for Continuing Students

The scholarships listed below are available to undergraduate students currently attending Cleveland State University. To be considered for these scholarships, interested students should submit a completed Continuing Student Scholarship Application and must meet all of the following general criteria:

  • enrolled in a degree granting program,
  • pursing a first bachelor's degree and
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

In some cases, certain scholarships may require a separate application and/or additional information. Students should also consult their academic college and individual department websites for additional scholarship offerings and their specific application instructions. The financial aid office as well as the academic colleges and departments match applicants with scholarships that meet the eligibility requirements of the university and the specific scholarship. Annual and endowed scholarships are provided to CSU through the generosity of individuals and corporate donors. To be considered for need based scholarships a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file in the financial aid office. The FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.gov. All applicants are encouraged to complete the FAFSA. For assistance, contact Campus411 at 216.687.5411 or 888.CSU.OHIO (888-278-6446) or campus411@csuohio.edu.

Continuing CSU Student Scholarships

Academic College and Department Scholarships

Criteria: Consult the academic college or department websites for scholarship availability, eligibility criteria and deadlines. Additional scholarship application may be required.
Amount of Awards:
Varies, determined by individual academic college or department.

Athletic Scholarships (Division I)

Criteria: Students interested in athletics should contact the Athletic Department at 216.687.5119 or visit the Athletic Department web site regarding scholarships and NCAA aid eligibility.
Amount of Award: Varies, determined by athletics department

Automatic Vendors, Inc. Endowed Scholarship Fund

Criteria: Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student residing in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Medina or Lorain county, must be enrolled in at least six credit hours with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: $500-$1000, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one time scholarship.

Eileen C. & Carlos F. Cortes Endowment Fund

Criteria: Must be pursuing a degree in psychology, with a preference given to students specializing in School Psychology. Based on academic merit.
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: Varies, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time scholarship.

CSU Alumni Association Dean Paul Anders Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship awarded to a sophomore or junior in the College of Business. Student must be full-time with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Number of Awards: Varies, based on available funding.
Amount of Award: Varies, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time scholarship.

CSU Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship awarded to an outstanding sophomore, junior or senior student for excellence in scholastic ability and leadership. Student must be full time with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: $500-$1000, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time scholarship.

CSU Alumni Association Lee J. Mull & Donald P. Mull Scholarship

Criteria: Awarded for excellence in scholastic achievement. Recipient must be full-time student entering his or her senior year with a 3.7 cumulative GPA; law students need a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The majority of credit hours must be earned at Cleveland State University. This scholarship rotates between the law school, the departments of music and political science.
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: Varies, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time scholarship.

CSU Alumni Association Walter B. Waetjen Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship awarded for excellence in scholastic achievement to a junior student with a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA. Student must be enrolled full time and have earned at least half of his or her credits at Cleveland State.
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: Varies, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time scholarship.

CSU Women's Association Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship awarded to an outstanding junior woman for use in her senior year. Student must be enrolled full time, started her academic career at Cleveland State University and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. This award rotates throughout the undergraduate colleges.
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: $500-$1,000, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time scholarship.

Golden Square Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship for an undergraduate student with demonstrated financial need and a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: $500-$900, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one time scholarship.

Honors Program Scholars

Criteria: Competitive merit award to students (up to 50 new freshmen and approximately 25 junior year college students). Freshmen students must have a minimum 30 ACT composite score, or 1300 or higher total SAT score (old test), 1950 or higher total SAT score (new test) or be ranked in the top 10% of their high school class. Junior year college students with a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.5 who have taken a rigorous curriculum including in the major will be considered. A separate application is required to apply to the Honors Program.
Number of Awards: Approximately 75 new students (up to 50 new freshmen and approximately 25 junior year college students).
Amount of Award: Full tuition, academic fees and books.
Renewable: Yes, must maintain minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Contact: For additional information and program application, please visit the Honors Program website or contact Dr. Peter Meiksins, Director, Cleveland State Honors Program, at 216.687.5559

The Levin College of Urban Affairs Alumni Organization Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship awarded to a junior or senior majoring in urban studies. Student must be registered full time, minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Separate application required.
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: Varies
Renewable: No
Contact: For additional information and scholarship application, please visit College of Urban Affairs website at: http://urban.csuohio.edu/students/financing.html or contact Suzanne Pokorny at 216.687.5263 or email: s.m.pokorny@csuohio.edu

Joseph William Peek & Martha Peek Endowed Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship for undergraduate students who have demonstrated academic achievement. Must be at least part-time.
Number of Awards: Varies, based on available funding.
Amount of Award: Varies, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time scholarship

Ram Shivashankar Endowed Scholarship

The Ram Shivashankar Endowed Scholarship is a memorial scholarship established by the Shivashankar family to honor the memory of their son, Ram Shivashankar, an alumnus of the former College of Arts and Sciences. The Shivashankar family created the scholarship as a way of recognizing other students who have had to overcome extra ordinary challenges or adversities while pursuing a college degree. To be considered for this scholarship, an essay describing your individual goals, challenges and disability must be attached to the Continuing Student Scholarship Application. Criteria: Must be a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences with a disability and have financial need.
Number of Awards:
1
Amount of Award: $500-$1000, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time scholarship.

Edward George Samsa Endowed Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship to undergraduate student who have demonstrated academic achievement, proven financial need, and show great promise for successfully completing a degree. Must be at least part-time.
Number of Awards: Varies, based on available funding.
Amount of Award: Varies, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time scholarship.

Sigma Phi Epsilon/LTD Endowed Scholarship Fund

Criteria: Must be a full-time CSU degree seeking student (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in their major and a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA overall. New freshmen and transfer students must have sufficient academic background information on file to satisfy this requirement (i.e. final high school transcript or final college transcript). All students must also meet one of the following: be a member in good standing of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity or be a close relative (son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter or great grandson/granddaughter) of a member of the fraternity. A letter from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarter office confirming the membership of the applicant or applicant’s relative must be included with the Continuing Student Scholarship Application in order to be considered for this scholarship.
Number of Awards: Varies
Amount of Award: Varies, based on available funding.
Renewable: No

Claire A. Van Ummerson Scholarship Fund

Criteria: Scholarship awarded to a new incoming freshman who graduated in the top 10% of their high school class or a current CSU student with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Recipient must attend CSU full time.
Number of Awards: Varies based on available funding.
Amount of Award: Varies, based on available funding.
Renewable: No, this is a one-time, non-transferable scholarship.

Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Endowed Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship awarded to students with financial need. Students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and be registered for at least 6 hours.
Number of Awards: Varies, based on available funding.
Amount of Award: Varies, based on available funding.
Renewable: No

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