Scholarships and Awards

Philosophy Scholarships

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for 2020–2021. These scholarships have been made possible by the generosity of the Whittington family and members of the Department of Philosophy.

Current Scholarships

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship
For AY20–21, there are Friends of Philosophy Scholarships available (usually up to $750). Friends of Philosophy scholarships are supported by generous donations from Cal State Long Beach alumni and others.

Whittington Scholarship
For AY20–21, there are Whittington Scholarships available (usually up to $750). The Whittington Scholarship was established with a generous gift from Marie Whittington and her late husband, Edward Whittington, retired Los Angeles commercial photographers and long-standing friends of the Philosophy Department. After the Whittingtons raised their three children, Marie Whittington returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1979 from Cal State Long Beach, graduating ‘with great distinction’. Her name appeared on the President’s list numerous times, and she was lauded with the Outstanding Baccalaureate award at her graduation. In addition, she served as President of Phi Sigma Tau. Mrs. Whittington then returned to complete a Master of Arts in Philosophy in 1982, writing her thesis on the question ‘Why Preserve Species?’ After receiving her Master’s degree, Mrs. Whittington taught philosophy for some years as a part-time lecturer at Cal State Long Beach, Golden West College, and Marymount College.

Other Relevant CSULB and CLA Scholarships
A wide variety of additional scholarships are available, including the

Application Process

To be eligible for Philosophy scholarships, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. be a matriculated student in good standing and majoring in Philosophy;
  2. have a cumulative GPA of ≥3.20;
  3. be either an upper-division undergraduate enrolled for ≥12 units in Spring 2021, or else a graduate student enrolled in ≥6 units in Spring 2021.

Submission and Deadlines
To apply for Philosophy scholarships, complete a general application online. Both the Friends of Philosophy and Whittington Scholarships require a writing sample or essay demonstrating philosophical aptitude. The complete AY20–21 application must be submitted by Fridsay March 5th 2021.

For more information about these and other scholarships, please visit the BeachScholarships portal. For general inquiries, contact Center for Scholarship Information (CSI) either by phone (562–985–2549) or via e-mail at <>.