General scholarships soon to close

Every year, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) invites all enrolled students to apply for general scholarships to aid with the financial burdens of attending college. The general scholarship application requires a few different components and must be submitted by Feb. 12. 

If students are on the fence about turning in an application, they should note the multi-step process does potentially lead to a great financial award, sometimes in amounting to thousands of dollars. 

To be considered for an application review, students must create a personal statement along with two letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts. The personal statement must be at least 1,300 words and feature details about the applicant’s successes and life experiences. 

Students are encouraged to “describe your professional aspirations, academic and personal achievements, and any obstacles overcome on the way to where you are now,” according to the CSUMB financial aid website. “If you have a history of participation and/or leadership please include this information in your personal statement.”

As for the letters of recommendation, writings from previous employers, mentors or professors will highlight an applicant. Having letters from CSUMB professors is also a plus. 

To access transcripts, CSUMB students can visit their Oasis account and look at the academics page, where “unofficial transcript” is listed in the drop-down bar. From there, the transcript can be downloaded and then re-uploaded to the scholarship application, which can be accessed on the CSUMB financial aid website. 

Students can utilize the CSUMB Cooperative Learning Center virtually if wanting help on writing their personal statement. To do so, visit to find drop-in help hours throughout the week or schedule an appointment with a great tutor.

All applications will be reviewed by theCSUMB Financial Aid Scholarship Committee and all awards will be accessible in the Fall 2021 semester. Students can reach out to Scholarship Committee Chair Ashlie McCallon for review concerns at [email protected]

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