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College Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted! Deadline is March 2, 2024.

Explore opportunities open to all students of the college.

Students can find more details on individual applications, including deadlines, by locating the appropriate scholarships in our online application system.

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Otis L. Scott Scholarship

The Otis L. Scott Scholarship offers two $1,000 awards. Open to full-time undergraduate students from any SSIS department or program with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and in good standing at time of award.

Applicants will submit a letter of interest with their application describing their on-campus leadership and service to an off-campus community.

BEL Foundation Scholarship

Created to honor the memory of Bradley E. Long, the BEL scholarship offers one $5,000 award, $2,500 per semester. This scholarship is offered to students who come from a single parent household or are single parents raising children and requires at least 35 hours of community service each semester. The application will include an essay focusing on the importance of giving service to the community and how that fits with a university education as well as a faculty letter of recommendation.

Professor Erwin Kelly Scholarship

Provides two $1,000 awards. Professor Erwin Kelly was professor emeritus of Economics at Sacramento State. He was passionate about education and providing opportunities for students in the social sciences, particularly those who wish to pursue careers in academia.

Open to full-time students majoring in Economics, Gerontology, History, Political Science, or Sociology at the junior, senior, or graduate level.

Marie I. & Cecil L. Clement Scholarship

Provides one award up to $1,000 for students in need who have demonstrated an interest in social and economic change. Dr. Norris Clement graduated from Sacramento State in 1960, following a career as a jazz pianist, with a B.A. in Economics. He spent his career as an economist and professor traveling the world in pursuit of the question, “Why are some countries rich and why are some poor?” He established the award in honor of his parents, who were raised in poverty and were deeply supportive of his academic career.

Open to students in any SSIS major enrolled at least half-time. Applicants will submit an essay (500 word limit): Describe how you engage with your community. What social and economic changes do you wish to see in your community, and how can you impact or have you impacted those changes?

The Laurie McBride Scholarship

The Laurie McBride Scholarship offers a full scholarship for a junior or senior with a declared major within SSIS. The scholarship is named for long-time LGBTQ lobbyist and activist Laurie McBride.

It is funded by the Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento to cultivate new advocates who, like Ms. McBride, understand that fighting for equality requires ongoing commitment and resolve.