Martin V. Smith Scholars

The Martin V. Smith Scholars is a scholarship program for incoming students who are interested in studying business or economics at CSU Channel Islands. MVS Scholars receive a full tuition (and fees) scholarship worth $6,802.00, renewable for up to four years. In turn, MVS Scholars are expected to maintain high academic standards and to participate in several MVS Scholars activities each school year.

While all first-time freshman students applying for the fall term may apply for the scholarship, we are looking for students who value academic excellence and school involvement. As such, in addition to the regular scholarship application here at CI, students must complete a 500 to 800 word essay on the following topic:

Discuss what you want to accomplish in your college and post-collegiate years and how you expect the MVS School of Business and Economics at CSUCI to help you achieve your academic and career goals.

Admitted students whom we select as MVS Scholars must:

  1. Major in business or economics.
  2. Maintain a 3.25 GPA annually, both overall and within their major.
  3. Participate in MVS Scholars activities with Business & Economics faculty. MVS faculty members will plan a series of activities each academic year for Scholars, such as seminars or field trips.

To be eligible for a CI University Scholarship you must:

  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 15 units each semester
  • Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), OR, Dream Act Application.
  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Be a California resident or AB540 student
  • Two letters of recommendation uploaded to your online scholarship application

More information regarding this and other scholarship opportunities will be provided through the myCI financial aid portal, which prospective students receive access to following the submission of their application to CI. Applications for the MVS Scholars scholarship are due March 2, 2021. We look forward to reading about our future Scholars, and wish you the best as you find the right college for you this coming year!

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