MSI-Success Scholars Scholarship



Selected scholars will receive a one-year merit scholarship of $3,000 each academic year starting with the 2020-2021 academic year. This scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship, capped at $3,000 per year (for a total not to exceed $12,000). The MSI-Success Scholars Initiative is geared to support (15) incoming first time freshmen to enrich their student experiences, support the retention of men of color at CSUF, and help to alleviate academic related financial barriers.

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Looking for the Scholarship Application?

The MSI-Success Scholars Application is located in the CSUF Student Portal. There are several programs which use the scholarship portal so make sure you click on the appropriate application “Are you interested in the Male Success Initiative”.  Please note that students may be eligible for multiple program and are encouraged to look into the other programs if they are interested.

You can access the application through your  student portal.

Please note: It is important that you carefully read through and thoughtfully respond to each question. Thus, be sure to spend time on the open response questions. The Scholarship Committee members will use this information to make an informed decision on the next 2020 Success Scholars cohort. 


  • Apply and qualify for admissions to CSUF as a first-time Freshman
  • Demonstrate high motivation and academic potential to succeed in college
  • Be classified as a California resident by CSUF’s Admissions and Records
  • Must apply for either the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or  California Dream Act (CADA) by the state priority deadline as listed on the application (not both)
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the support and needs of underrepresented student groups


*Currently this is only supporting first-time incoming or first semester freshman (first-time Transfer students are not eligible)








$3,000 Each Recipient ($1,500 per semester)

*Times 4 years totaling up to $12,000 (Contingent on completion of requirements)

**This scholarship does not fund summer/winter semesters.


Cohort 4 Application Timeline

Application Timeline | Round 1 | Applications

Priority Deadline Extended: 

Friday April 10, 2020 (CLOSED) by 11:59 pm 

Application Timeline | Round 2 | Applications

General Deadline: 

Thrusday April 30, 2020 (CLOSED) by 11:59


Dates to Consider:

Round 1 Phone Interviews:

Selected 2020 Cohort Notifications: (TBA)

*Exact times will only be shared with selected finalist


Round 2 Phone Interviews:

Selected 2020 Cohort Notifications:

*Exact times will only be shared with selected finalist


*Extended notification dates for Round-2 have not yet been determined.

*Round 3: Dates undetermined, announcement of Round 3 is contingent on selection outcomes of Round-1 and Round 2.


*Note: Priority deadline applicants will know their selection results before the end of May 2020. Final deadline applicants will know their selection results before the end of June 2020. (Both selection timelines are contingent based on developing campus updates). Additionally, we acknowledge there may be delays in responses to emails and phone calls.


To remain eligible for the program once the scholarship has been awarded, brothers must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for (4) years
  • Maintain continuous enrollment at Cal State Fullerton
  • Abide by all University standards for appropriate conduct & community behavior
  • Participate in major specific enrichment programs
  • Be receptive to staff monitoring academic performance & university records
  • Participate in a total of (32) community service hours, 16 hrs each semester (Fall/Summer) for a total of (4) years


  • Maintain ACTIVE participation in all MSI-programming & events
  • Follow the MSI-Brotherhood Code
  • Attend local, regional, national student leadership conferences
  • Secure summer career related opportunities • Maintain and establish career plan freshmen-senior year
  • All MSI-Fullerton Success Scholars are required to attend the Brother-2-Brother Retreat the summers of 2020 & 2021.