Pursuing a career in teaching, school administration, and/or higher education requires a commitment to extensive coursework and multiple in-field experiences. To assist education candidates at CI, many of whom represent first generation or historically underrepresented groups, we have established three support funds. Each of the funds below provides unique financial assistance to help candidates manage personal situations/demands as they complete their professional program.

The Alex McNeill Memorial Scholarship Fund provides support to First Generation College Students in CSUCI's School of Education who are preparing to become educators and educational leaders in our region and beyond. Dr. Alexander William McNeill was CSUCI’s founding Vice President of Academic Affairs and oversaw the University’s initial development of academic programs. He also served as Director of Liberal Studies and as Interim Dean for the School of Education

The Emergency Needs Fund provides assistance to School of Education students enrolled in Credential, Early Childhood, Liberal Studies, or MA programs who are experiencing financial distress. Students who encounter unforeseen and/or catastrophic life events may receive up to $500 (lifetime maximum).

The Student Teaching Fund provides assistance to School of Education students completing the clinical field-work semesters of student teaching. The fund is designed provide financial assistance related to the unique experience that is student teaching. Students who encounter financial obstacles around course resources, classroom materials, life-needs, etc., as they progress through student teaching may receive up to $300 (lifetime maximum).


For the purpose of strengthening the development program so that it may work to increase philanthropic support of CSUCI as well as partially defray administrative costs, a portion of all donations will be used to further advancement efforts on behalf of CSU Channel Islands. See CSUCI Foundation’s Policy on Gift and Endowment Management Fees for details.

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