Scholarships

FSN Scholarships 

Currently a scholarship application is not required. All students will be considered for merit-based scholarships, chosen by the department scholarship committees, based on admissions application information or ongoing academic performance. Availability and/or amount of funding of scholarships listed varies each year. Students must be in good academic standing, with at least a 3.0 GPA where unspecified. In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, students are required to file the FAFSA. 

Scholarships are one of many ways of financing an education. Please investigate the additional resources available to you through the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences and the Financial Aid Office websites. The Financial Aid Office helps you plan your finances and organize your resources to cover your college costs. The types and amounts of aid that Cal Poly awards, or recommends, are subject to availability of funds, enrollment status, and financial need. Cal Poly students have a variety of financial aid programs available for assistance. Programs vary in eligibility criteria, award amounts, and repayment options.

Below are scholarships specific to the Food Science and Nutrition Department: 

William, Joseph and Charles Cattaneo Memorial     

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Class level: junior or senior
  • Food Science or Nutrition Major
  • Preference to handicapped student 

Distinguished Order of Zerocrats     

  • Planning to pursue a career in the food industry
  • Financial need (benefit most by receiving financial support) 

Arthur and Margaret Foster Food Science and Nutrition     

  • Major: Food Science or Nutrition
  • Class level: open
  • Financial need
  • CA resident

Jessica Gavin Scholarship Program    

  • Major: Food Science 
  • Class level: open
  • Bi-Annual Deadlines: December 15 and July 15
  • Style: Essay, click here for topic 

Ruth Hitt Memorial      

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Class level: Undergraduate 
  • Financial need
  • Preference to student with FFA, Grange and/or 4H background 

Charles and Helen Penwell     

  • Minimum 2.7 GPA 
  • Strong interest in dietetics 
  • Class level: junior or senior

Mimi Russell Memorial     

  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Financial need optional 

San Marcos Grange Women's Activities Committee     

  • First preference Food Science Major
  • Class level: Undergraduate
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Emphasis on food processing
  • Preference for 4-H, FFA, and/or Grange background
  • Financial need 

California League of Food Processors

  • Strong interest and intention of working in the California food processing, allied California industry or the United States
  • Work history in the industry or evidence of interest in activities related to major 
  • Financial need
  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents in the process of becoming U.S. Citizens
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • CLFP requests students indicate interest by registering on their website. Students who have applied through the CLFP website are noted on the population report

College-Wide Scholarships for FSN Selection

CHS University     

  • Major: open in CAFES
  • Class level: undergraduate 
  • Recommended 3.0 GPA
  • Preference for a student who exhibits academic, professional, and leadership development

John S. Maher     

  • Major: open in CAFES
  • Class level: junior or senior
  • Financial need optional
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Frace Family Agriculture

  • Major: Open in CAFES
  • Class level: Open
  • Financial need optional
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

M.E. "Pappy" Painter

  • Major: Open in CAFES
  • Class level: Open
  • Financial need
  • Prefer CA resident
  • Eligible for federal aid

William Verdugo

  • Major: Open in CAFES
  • Class level: Open
  • Recommend 3.0 GPA

Hitt Family Agriculture

  • Major: open in CAFES
  • Class level: open
  • Financial need
  • Prefer CA resident
  • Eligible for federal aid 

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