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The California State University Foundation was established in 1962 with a clearly defined mission of enhancing the educational excellence of the California State University in teaching, community service, learning, and applied research.
Every year, the foundation financially supports two students with a scholarship valued at $10,000 each to pursue their post-baccalaureate program leading to a high school single-subject teaching.
William Lahey functioned as the assistant vice-chancellor, faculty and staff affairs from 1966 until 1986, while Janet was an avid volunteer with the Long Beach Art Museum. The scholarship furthers Janet’s passion for the arts and William’s commitment to education and also supports the California State University Foundation summer arts program for visual arts.
Key Information of The William and Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship
Area of Study
Country of Study
California State University
Intended Level of Study
Number of Awards
The William and Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship Timeline
Application Opening Date
Applications open on August 4.
Submission Deadline Date
The submission deadline is on April 15.
Awards Announcement Date
Winners are announced in June.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.
- Eligible Grade: All
- Maximum Age: Any
- Required GPA: 3
- Geographic Eligibility: California
- Gender: Any
- Race/Ethnicity: Any
Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.
- Grade transcript
- School Verification
How to ace the The William and Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship
Maintain an outstanding academic record
You need to demonstrate outstanding intellect and excel academically in your application and during the entire academic year. Achieving and maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher out of a 4.0 scale should suffice if you intend to be considered.
Draft a compelling personal statement
In a brief personal statement format, articulate and describe your background, personal achievements thus far, community service record reflecting a strong commitment to arts education or community arts organizations, and future goals and aspirations.
Secure strong letters of recommendation
You can source good recommendation letters from faculty members who can attest to your enrollment in a qualifying program and your intent to contribute positively to visual arts or your institution's art education.
Have your application proofread before submission
The scholarship is competitive, so you must ensure that your application is written preferably in English and doesn't get rejected because of careless typos, spelling, or grammatical mistakes. Take time to proofread, preferably using Grammarly to review your application before submission.
How the The William and Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship is Judged
Candidates are assessed based on the merit of a solid personal statement, quality of their letters of recommendation, and academic record, indicating at least 3.0 out of 4.0-grade point average. The financial aid office on campus reviews all entered applications to ensure they meet all requirements before submitting only one application to the CSU Foundation for consideration towards making a final selection decision.
Why We Love the The William and Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship
Straightforward application process
To apply, send in via email attachment copies of your applicant information form and supporting documents, preferably as one pdf file, to your campus financial aid office, and do not send physical files.
Scholarship increased from one to two annually
In support of the arts community and its potential students, the foundation has increased its award program from one scholarship per year to two, allowing more chances for students.
No entry or application fee
Be assured that you are not required to pay an entry or application fee to commence, complete and win the scholarship.
5 Facts The William and Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship
Education classification level
You must be enrolled at a California State University campus at least half-time and possess a bachelor’s degree in one visual art specialization or art.
Restricted to specific programs
You must be enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program leading to a high school single-subject teaching credential in the arts, a master of arts program, or one of the visual arts specializations.
Candidates with priority status
Initial priority goes to students enrolled in a single-subject teaching credential in the arts program over those enrolled in arts or a visual arts specialization graduate program, and students enrolled in arts or a visual arts specialization graduate program, respectively.
Demonstrate need for financial assistance
Demonstrate unmet financial needs by completing and filing a free application for federal student aid form or the California dream application.
Fill out all application form sections
Ensure that you respond to and complete all sections of the application form by typing your answers without leaving any blank spaces if you intend to be considered — If there is no information to provide, input “N/A”.