Presidential Scholarships

Premier Scholarship

Our university's most prestigious full-fee scholarship.

Presidential Scholarship

Eligible students will be selected to attend an on-campus interview in March and April 2019 with the Presidential Scholars Committee.

Description: The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship program offered at CSUDH. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, community and campus involvement, and strong leadership qualities. The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to freshmen for four years, and to transfer students for two years.


  • Full payment of in-state and CSUDH mandatory registration fees
  • New Students Orientation fees paid
  • Annual book allowance
  • Laptop computer
  • $500 University Housing discount
  • Student parking permit (Fall and Spring semesters)
  • Special recognition at commencement as a Presidential Scholar
  • Recognition reception with President Parham
  • Fall semester lunch with President Parham
  • Invitations to attend special events as a guest of the president
  • Priority registration
  • Personalized academic advising


  • High School Graduates: Minimum 3.5 GPA; Minimum 1000 SAT I* or 25 ACT.
  • Transfer Students: 3.5 GPA and 60 transferable units
*SAT scores are Math plus Critical Reading scores only, with a minimum score of 500 in each.

How to Apply:

  • Prepare an essay for upload that does not exceed 600 words. The essay should state your reasons for applying to CSUDH and the Presidential Scholarship Program, how CSUDH will help you achieve your educational and career goals, and how you plan to contribute to the CSUDH community of talented and diverse students and scholars and your local community.
  • Prepare a resume for upload that highlights your awards and honors, school/college-related activities, community service, work experience, leadership, and other notable achievements.
  • You will need the email address of at least one faculty member, counselor, employer, or mentor to request at least one letter of recommendation. Please request the letter from someone that knows you well and can attest to your academic, leadership, and community endeavors.

Deadline: Deadline TBD.