Funded by Project Vista, a U.S. Department of Education Title V Grant

October 2010-September 2015


The CI Vista Scholars Program is designed to increase enrollment and graduation rates of historically under-served, under-represented students in post-baccalaureate/graduate programs at California State University Channel Islands (CI).


Evidence of meeting the following criteria is required to be considered for a CI Vista Scholarship.

  • Demonstrated financial need via Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for current academic year.
  • Accepted to or currently enrolled in a post-baccalaureate/graduate program at CI
  • Demonstrated reliability as a student and evidence of potential for success in post-baccalaureate/graduate studies
  • U.S. citizen

Fall 2014 Application Process:

Scholarship Flyer Fall 2014  (14.0 MB, PDF)

Application packet will include:

1) Application form (190 KB, PDF) Must download Adobe Acrobat to open application and form fillable documents.
    To download free Adobe Acrobat, click here.
    Application Submission process via e-mail*

   Once done completing form fillable follow these steps to e-mail:

  • Click on 'File' > Click 'Save As' > Save pdf on computer
    (must have Acrobat installed on computer)
  • E-mail saved pdf to by 5 p.m. on July 14, 2014.

2) Evidence of program admission
         (e.g., admission letter and/or unofficial transcripts showing course enrollment)

3) Personal statement, no more than 2 pages, to include:

  • Career goals and how the CI Vista Scholarship will facilitate their achievement
  • Description of personal strengths and challenges to academic success

4) Two recommendations from professors attesting to:

  • Performance/reliability as a student
  • Potential for success in post-baccalaureate/graduate studies
    Recommendation form (19.8 KB, PDF)

*If you have troubles with e-mail submission process, feel free to contact Graduate Studies Center at (805) 437-3579.

Selection and Award Process

  • CI Vista Scholars will be determined based on the above selection criteria, and potentially on additional program-specific criteria, through careful deliberations and discussions among the scholarship committee members. Applications will be reviewed and awards made by committees established by each postbac/graduate program at CI.
  • Scholarship award amounts (typically from $500-$2500) are determined by program committees and may vary from program to program as well as within a particular program.
  • Final decisions about scholarship recipients and award amounts will be made by simple majority vote of program committee members present for deliberations.

Past Scholarship Recipients

Vista Scholarship Recipients