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Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships are not awarded by the government or Cal Poly and are funded through a private sector company, philanthropist or foundation. Many Cal Poly students receive outside scholarships. If you’re interested in seeking a private or community-based grants or scholarships, check many sources as often as possible.


CSU Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by the CSU. Each scholarship has a set of criteria that you will need to meet in order to be eligible. The application deadline for these scholarships is May 24, 2021.

John S. Bissell Mathematics and Science Memorial Scholarship

Howard C. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship

Fly Fishers Club of Orange County Marine Studies Scholarship Fund

Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship

Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

Wilson C. Riles Education Scholarship 

Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship

Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship

Where to Find Outside Scholarships

  • High School Guidance Offices
  • Community College Offices
  • Banks and other businesses
  • Local community groups or clubs
  • Educational organizations
  • Religious or church groups
  • Service Organizations such as Lion’s, Rotary or Kiwanis
  • Alumni associations
  • College or Major department websites/bulletin boards
  • Parent or Guardian employers
  • Professional Organizations

Scholarship Search Services

Several reputable free scholarship search services are available. You shouldn’t ever pay for scholarship searches. Many of these sites also have valuable information and advice on how to research and apply for scholarships.

Receiving an Outside Scholarship

If you receive financial aid from Cal Poly and are awarded any scholarships from outside sources, you must notify our Financial Aid Office of the scholarship and amounts. The Federal Government requires us to coordinate this outside scholarship aid with any other aid you are receiving. Learn more about what to do if you receive an outside scholarship.