CSU Wilson C. Riles Education Scholarship

Working his way through public instruction, Wilson C. Riles began his career in 1940 as a teacher and administrator in Arizona public schools and later became the first elected African American state superintendent of schools in the United States. The scholarship program was established in 2003 to recognize Superintendent Riles’ deep commitment to education through support of students enrolled in California State University teacher credential programs, with preference given to first generation college students. The scholarships rotate among all CSU campuses with teacher credentialing programs.

Three (3) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants must:

  • Must be currently enrolled in the teacher credential program and must remain enrolled during the 2019/2020 academic year.
  • The minimum enrollment requirement is 6.0 units.
  • The minimum grade point average is 3.0.

The Financial Aid Office will review applications to ensure that they meet all stated requirements. Each CSU campus may nominate one (1) applicant for consideration to the CSU Foundation to make the final selection.

Application Requirements
In addition to completing the general scholarship application on this site, you must also download and complete the application for the Wilson C. Riles Education Scholarship. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION (PDF size 324KB). Please read all the instructions to make sure you understand the requirements for this scholarship. All required documents must be scanned and uploaded as one file before the deadline. The uploaded file must be formatted as a PDF (not a JPEG, TIFF, or ZIP file of compressed documents) and the file size cannot be larger than 10 MB. Please retain all submitted paperwork for this scholarship. If nominated, the original documentation may be requested for the selection committee to review.


Please direct all questions to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Phone: (559) 278-6572
Email: scholarships@csufresno.edu.

CSU Systemwide Scholarships
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload your completed application for the Wilson C. Riles Education Scholarship