Scholarships and Awards

Philosophy Scholarships

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the availability of up to three scholarships for 2019–2020. 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 AY19–20, there will be 1–3 Friends of Philosophy Scholarships available (up to $750). Friends of Philosophy scholarships are supported by generous donations from Cal State Long Beach alumni and others.

Whittington Scholarship

For AY19–20, there will be 1–2 Whittington Scholarships available (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 CSULB and CLA Scholarships

A wide variety of additional scholarships are available, including the

For more information about these and other scholarships, please visit the BeachScholarships portal.

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 2019, or else a graduate student enrolled in ≥6 units in Spring 2019.

To apply for Philosophy scholarships, please complete a general application online here. Students must also upload a writing sample or essay demonstrating philosophical aptitude.

Center for Scholarship Information (CSI)

From FA17 onward, internal scholarship competitions began being managed by the Center for Scholarship Information (CSI). You can contact CSI either by phone (562–985–2549) or via e-mail at <>.


The complete AY19–20 application must be submitted through the BeachScholarships portal by Monday March 2nd 2020. Scholarship winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

(Note: if there are insufficient numbers of qualified applications, funds may be held for scholarships in a subsequent semester. The Department of Philosophy reserves the right not to award any/all the scholarships available in a given year.)