Scholarships

A scholarship is a monetary award given to outstanding students to foster developing talents and academic excellence, and in recognition of leadership and outstanding achievement. SDSU scholarship funds are provided by private donors, corporations, professional associations, and SDSU alumni. Some scholarships may be awarded based on financial need.

As an IVUP student, you can apply for scholarships that are available at both, San Diego State University and Imperial Valley College.

IVUP Scholarship


In addition to the SDSU and IVC scholarships (see below), IVUP has a scholarship that is only for IVUP students.  The IVUP Scholarship is available for students with a 3.7 or higher GPA.  This GPA is based on 10-12th grade A-G coursework from your final transcript.  If you meet this criterion you will be eligible to apply for the scholarship.  This scholarship will cover your tuition and fees that are not already covered by other resources such as federal, state, institutional grant, scholarship, or other gift-aid programs.  This is not a lump sum award.  Scholarship amounts will vary semester to semester based on your financial aid received, if any, with the exception of student loans. 

The scholarship award is applicable for two consecutive years; however you need to maintain a 3.5 GPA for this scholarship to be awarded the second year.    If you wish to apply for this scholarship, you must complete and turn in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before March 1 each year. 

In addition to the IVUP Scholarship, the following are scholarships that are also available only to IVUP students.

  • SDSU-IV Dean IVUP Scholarship*; one of $1,000.
    • 3.50 GPA or higher
    • Student must be provisionally admitted to IVUP
    • Full-time enrollment for Fall 2015
    • Personal Statement/Essay – no more than 500 words
    • Deadline to apply May 31

  • IVC President IVUP Scholarship*; one of 1,000.
    • Personal Statement/Essay - no less than 250 and no more than 500 words
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Deadline to apply May 31
  • ICOE Superintendent IVUP Scholarship*; one of $1,000. (Application for the 2016 cohort coming soon)
    • 3.50 GPA or higher
    • Student must be provisionally admitted to IVUP
    • Full-time enrollment for Fall 2016
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Personal Statement/Essay – approximately 500 words
    • Deadline to apply May 31

*Students can apply for all three of the above scholarships (Dean’s, President’s and Superintendent’s scholarships), buy may only be awarded one.

  • Margarita De Necochea IVUP Scholarship; four of $2,500.
    • 3.00 GPA or higher
    • Calexico High School students only
    • Deadline May 10th
    • First-time freshman
    • Deadline to apply May 31

SDSU Scholarships

For specific SDSU scholarship requirements and applications visit the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Web site.  Here you will be able to search for scholarships based on your major or you can select “All Majors” to see a listing of scholarships available to SDSU students regardless major. 

Keep in mind that scholarship deadlines vary and that new scholarship opportunities are added to the website throughout the year.  You should regularly check the website to learn about continuing and upcoming scholarship opportunities, application and essay writing tips, resources, and more.  You should also search the links to outside scholarship opportunities as there are many other scholarships that you may qualify for. 

IVC Scholarships

For Imperial Valley College scholarships visit www.imperial.edu/scholarships.  For specific information, please review the IVC Foundation Scholarship brochure.

There are other scholarships that you might want to consider, that are not listed on the SDSU scholarship website.

  • Alicia Mendoza, Emily Wogaman and Alejandro & Florencia Nogales Endowed Scholarship.
    This scholarship is available once a year.  There is only one application for all three of these scholarships, as you can only received one of them.  In total, there are eight $2,000 scholarships awarded.   If you are awarded this scholarship, you will receive $1,000 during fall and $1,000 during spring.  Some of the eligibility requirements are as follows:
    • Must be a Calexico High School graduate
    • Open to students of all majors
    • Must be low to moderate income
    • GPA 2.75 or above for undergraduates; GPA3.25 or above for graduates
    • Full-time status required (12 units for undergrads; 6 units for graduates

For additional information please contact Valorie Ashley at (760) 768-5569.

  • IME Becas
    Our campus works closely with the Mexican Consulate in Calexico.  They offer several scholarships (IME Becas) to SDSU students.  Some of the eligibility requirements are as follows:
    • Mexican or from Mexican Origin
    • Enrolled in College or University
    • Imperial County High School Graduate
    • GPA 3.0 or higher

For additional information and scholarship application, please go to the following link

Free Scholarship Search Sites on the Web

Besides the scholarships already mentioned, there are many other scholarships available.  You should search for local and national scholarships.  An excellent source for local scholarships is your high school daily bulletin.  You can find these bulletins on your schools websites.  You can also find local and national scholarships at www.collegeisnext.com

Below are some examples of other free websites where you can search for scholarships on your own.  Researching and applying early can result in cash for college!