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

While all first-time freshman students applying for the 2018-2019 academic year 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:

CI is the newest campus in the California State University (CSU) system. Write how you expect this will influence your collegiate experience and discuss how you want your college and post-collegiate years to be described as a student at a still young campus.

Admitted students whom we select as MVS Fellows must:

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

To be eligible for a CI University Scholarship you must:

  • Enroll full-time (12 units) for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters
  • Must file a 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), OR, 2018-19 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 Fellows scholarship are due March 2, 2018. We look forward to reading about our future Fellows, and wish you the best as you find the right college for you this coming year!