Deadline: October 14, 2022
The purpose of the AOA Scholarship of Excellence is to recognize California State University (CSU) students with scholarship funds to support academic and academic-related expenses. The basis for scholarship awards shall be a combination of academic excellence and service to the campus or community, particularly to a CSU auxiliary or a nonprofit organization.
Ideal candidates should be able to demonstrate a history of service to auxiliary organizations at their campus of origin or throughout the California State University system. Examples include but are not limited to, serving as a member of an auxiliary organization governing board, volunteering time for a child development center or community service nonprofit organization, conducting scholarly research on an externally awarded contract or grant, promoting the mission of an auxiliary organization through committee or volunteer work, or by serving as an elected or appointed student leader.
The Auxiliary Organizations Association (AOA) on an annual basis shall fund the scholarship. The AOA Secretary-Treasurer shall include a recommended appropriation in the annual budget to fund the scholarship in advance of the ensuing scholarship award cycle, for review and approval by the Executive Committee.
Announcement of the annual Scholarship of Excellence awardee shall be made at the regularly scheduled annual AOA conference typically held in January. As stipulated in the application procedure, an application announcement and specific deadline shall be established annually. The application announcement will typically be made in the fall semester and awards will be made the following spring.
Required Award Eligibility Criteria
The ideal student candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate or graduate CSU student with at least one more academic year of full-time coursework.
- Possess a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA);
- Be in good standing with the student’s university
- Be able to demonstrate service to a CSU auxiliary or nonprofit organization.
A scholarship selection committee shall be created annually. The Chair of the Nominations Committee will assist by selecting a Chair from the Executive Committee membership. AOA service providers will be responsible for the overall coordination of the application process. In addition to the Chair, committee membership shall comprise of the following:
- The Executive Director of the California State Students Association (CSSA)
- The Chair of the AOA Associated Students/Student Union/Recreation Center Standing Committee
- Four additional members of the AOA Executive Committee
Upon announcement of the annual scholarship, the scholarship selection committee shall review all applications, as provided by each applicant, and then select the award recipient from among eligible applicants.
Applications will be accepted from each of the California State University (CSU) Auxiliary member organizations. Student applicants may self-nominate themselves.
A letter of reference/endorsement from a CSU Auxiliary Organization employee(s) must accompany all applications. Student applicants are expected to apply directly to the AOA business office, by the established deadline.
The Scholarship of Excellence award will be allocated to the student awardee via their campus financial aid account, by their Financial Aid Office. Scholarships are disbursed in equal amounts for each academic year term (quarter or semester) of full-time enrollment. This timeline reflects the scholarship awarding cycle and typical operating procedure. In accordance with Federal regulations governing over-awards (34 CFR 673.5), recipients of need-based aid shall have resources coordinated regardless if need is an eligibility requirement.