Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the availability of up to three scholarships for 2017–2018. These scholarships have been made possible by the generosity of the Whittington family and members of the Department of Philosophy.

Whittington Scholarship

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 CSULB Philosophy Department. After the Whittingtons raised their three children, Marie Whittington returned to college and received a BA degree in Philosophy in 1979 from CSULB, graduating “with great distinction.” Her name appeared on the President’s list numerous times, and she was named the Outstanding BA graduate. In addition, she served as President of Phi Sigma Tau. Mrs. Whittington then returned to complete an MA in Philosophy in 1982, writing her Master’s thesis on the topic “Why Preserve Species?” After receiving her MA degree, Mrs. Whittington taught philosophy for some years as a part-time lecturer at CSULB, Golden West College, and Marymount College.

For AY17–18, up to two $500 Whittington Scholarships will be available.

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship

Friends of Philosophy scholarships are supported by generous donations from CSULB alumni and others.

For AY17–18, one $350 Friends of Philosophy Scholarships will be available.


Application Process


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

  1. be a matriculated CSULB 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 2018, or else a graduate student enrolled in ≥6 units in Spring 2018. 


As of FA17, all internal scholarship competitions are managed by Center for Scholarship Information (CSI). To apply for Philosophy scholarships, please complete a general  application online:


Students must also upload a writing sample or essay demonstrating philosophical aptitude.


The complete AY17–18 application must be submitted via CSI by Thursday February 15th 2018. 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.)