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Project VISTA

Vista Scholarship Program

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 postbaccalaureate/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)
  • Accepted or currently enrolled in a postbaccalaureate/graduate program at CI
  • Demonstrated reliability as a student and evidence of potential for success in postbaccalaureate/graduate studies
  • U.S. citizen

2014 Application

Scholarship Flyer (PDF, 25.1 KB)

Components of the application packet include:

Application packet will include:

  • 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
  • Evidence of program admission (e.g., admission letter and/or unofficial transcripts showing course enrollment)
  • Recommendations from professors (2) attesting to (see also Recommendation form):
    • Performance/reliability as a student
    • Potential for success in postbac/graduate studies

Application submission process via e-mail   Once done completing form fillable follow these steps:

    1) Click on 'File' > Click 'Save As' > Save pdf on computer
                                                          (must have Acrobat installed on computer)   
    2) E-mail saved pdf to wendy.olson@csuci.edu by 5 p.m. on December 6th.

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