Scholarships


CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Associates Scholarship Fund

The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Associates Scholarship Fund will award scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to students who meet the following criteria: 1) students must be full time at California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus, with a majority of class work done at the Palm Desert Campus, 2) students must be a Sophomore, Junior, Senior or a graduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and 3) students must submit a letter of application stating why the applicant's candidacy should be considered. The recipient of the award may reapply up to three times and each scholarship is good for one year.

Athena Fund Scholarship

The Athena Fund Scholarship awards one $3,600 scholarship to any CSUSB Palm Desert Campus student with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Betty Barker Scholarship

The Betty Barker endowed scholarship was formed in 2007 to provide funds to help meet the cost of education for students who are enrolled full time on the Palm Desert Campus, have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, demonstrate an interest in becoming a teacher, intend to work in a field related to the major and show financial need.

Pat and Dr. Ward Fredericks Doctorate Fellowship Fund

The Pat and Dr. Ward Fredericks Doctorate Fellowship Fund will provide an award of $5,000 to a student in the California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus Education Doctorate program. Selection criteria include the following: students must be enrolled and in good standing in the CSUSB Ed.D. program; each applicant shall provide a short essay (1000 words or less) providing their personal goals and specific reasons for obtaining the Ed.D. degree; recipients may re-apply for consideration for a total of three years. Awardees are strongly encouraged to make a future commitment to provide some level of scholarship assistance to others at a future date. Applications will be accepted in March 2015.

Please note that doctoral level quality is expected throughout the application process including the essay. Depending on the quality of submissions, the donor may not award the fellowship each year.

H.N. and Frances C. Berger Scholarship Fund

The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Scholarship Fund will provide five (5) scholarship awards in the amounts of $5,000 each distributed annually. Selection criteria include the following: students must be enrolled full-time at California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus; students must be in the fields of allied health, (particularly nursing, but also including nutrition and kinesiology), education or criminal justice; students must reside in Riverside County, California; students must demonstrate financial need; students must have a minimum GPA. of 3.0.

Coeta & Donald Barker Scholarship

The Coeta & Donald Barker Scholarship awards scholarships to Nursing students who attend CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, has a minimum 3.0 GPA, and has financial need. Financial need is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A letter of recommendation should come from a nursing instructor who can attest to the applicants noble characteristics of service to others and commitment to their profession.

Jane Straus Scholarship

Jane Straus was the judge and grammar guru for the first-ever anywhere Grammar Bees held at the California State University, San Bernardino Campus in Palm Desert. Two Coachella Valley Grammar Bee Specials were produced at the Palm Desert campus and telecast on KCET Desert Cities. Jane was the author of The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation and the founder of GrammarBook.com. A scholarship fund established in Jane's memory provides a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually for the next 5 years. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be enrolled for their senior year at CSUSB - Palm Desert Campus, have a 3.5 GPA, establish financial need, and be majoring in English with the intent to become teachers of English when they graduate.

Louis Fernandez Palm Desert Campus Undergraduate Scholarship

A Palm Desert Campus Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who attend the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. A letter of recommendation from a current instructor is required.

Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship

The Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship awards ten to twenty $3,600 scholarships each to CSUSB Palm Desert Campus students. Students are eligible if enrolled in a major offered at PDC, with a majority of their coursework completed at PDC, maintaining a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, and demonstrating a commitment to service in the community.

Palm Desert - Indian Wells Women's Club Scholarship

Palm Desert Women's Club Scholarships are awarded to CSUSB students enrolled in the BSN or MSN Nursing programs at the Palm Desert Campus, must has a minimum 3.0 GPA, and must be a full-time student. Financial need is considered but not essential.

Palm Springs Environmental Scholarship

The Palm Springs Environmental Scholarship is awards $3,600 to one student who is an incoming freshman from Palm Springs Unified School District. The high school senior must be accepted by CSUSB to study environmental health or related field.

Roderick M. Hendry Scholarship

A Roderick M. Hendry Scholarship provides scholarships to students with an overall GPA of 3.0, open to any declared major available at the Palm Desert Campus, must be an undergraduate student, must be enrolled as a full-time student at CSUSB PDC, must have completed at least 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college course work with a required minimum of 9 semester or 12 quarter units of course work in their declared major with at least a 3.0 GPA, and must submit a 500 word essay as to why they want, need, and deserve this scholarship. Financial need is considered by not mandatory.

Steve & Catharine Briggs Scholarship

The Steve & Catharine Briggs Scholarship provides scholarships to students enrolled in the College of Natural Science's Nursing or allied health professions degree program, must attend the Palm Desert Campus, and demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of a career in nursing or the allied health sciences. Financial need is considered but not essential.

The City of Palm Desert Karnig Academic Excellence Scholarship

A $10,000 gift from the City of Palm Desert honored President Albert Karnig upon his retirement by establishing the President Albert Karnig Academic Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship provides support for high achieving undergraduate students who are enrolled full time on the Palm Desert Campus with 12 or more units and who have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5.

University Legacy Scholarship

PDC will offer up to 15 University Legacy Scholarships for first-time freshman entering each fall. This scholarship honors outstanding students and will provide a full-ride, tuition and fees, scholarship for up to four years of undergraduate study. Criteria for selection of the honorees include: 1) academic and scholarship performance, as measured by cumulative grade point average, class ranking and standardized test scores; 2) leadership potential, as demonstrated by previous leadership experiences, community engagement, and - for scholarship continuation - ongoing involvement as a leader on the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus; and 3) financial need, measured by the findings of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A full application process includes a written application that includes a copy of high school transcripts and two letters of reference; an on-campus writing exercise experience; and an interview with a selection committee comprised of members of the PDC Advancement Board, faculty, staff and administrators. Application will be posted on the PDC website each fall and must be postmarked by December 31 of each year; incomplete or electronic submissions will not be considered.

The Pathways to Success Program

The Pathways to Success Program awards scholarships up to $5,000 per year to Coachella Valley undergraduate students who have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and have financial need. Students must demonstrate leadership or involvement in their community or school and have the desire and motivation to succeed. Students must submit two letters of recommendation from a professor, instructor, counselor, or community leader. The Pathways to Success Program application must be postmarked by the established deadline by the award year.

Giva Semi-Annual Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award

Giva will award $1000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions:

How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?

The essay needs to be between 600-1000 words, and must be submitted to our mailing address no later than June 1st or December 1st of each year. A current resume must also be included with the essay. Giva will choose the scholarship winners and will award the scholarships by August 15th and February 15th of each year. Students can only apply once in any 12-month period. Download an application.


Find out more about scholarships at the Office of Financial Aid.