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Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the availability of two scholarships for 2015-2016. These scholarships have been made possible by the generosity of the Whittington family and 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.

Friends of Philosophy Scholarship

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


Application Process


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

  1. Be enrolled for at least 12 units (if an undergraduate) or at least 6 units (if a graduate student) in Fall 2014.
  2. Be an upper-division or graduate student majoring in philosophy at the time of application.
  3. Have a cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA (whichever is applicable) of at least 3.2 overall.
  4. Plan to complete his or her B.A. or M.A. in Philosophy at CSULB. Previous recipients of the Whittington Scholarship are ineligible for a second Whittington Scholarship. Previous recipients of other scholarships in the Department are eligible for a second scholarship, but will receive a lower priority, based on financial need.


Applicants for any of these scholarships should submit a single application to the Department Coordinator, Kaz Mogi (MHB-917). Applications should include the following three items:

  1. The Scholarship Application form (click here to download form).
  2. A cover letter. The cover letter should provide a rationale as to why the applicant believes she or he deserves the award, as well as justification. For instance, one might mention special accomplishments such as activity or leadership in organizations, community involvement, academic research, other honors or awards, etc. One might also mention any plans for further study or career after degree objectives are completed, or special financial need.
  3. A sample of your philosophical writing (e.g., a paper written for a class).


The complete FA14-15 application must be received in the Department of Philosophy (MHB-917) no later than noon sharp on Monday, December 8, 2014. The scholarship winners will be announced by the end of the Fall 2014 term.

Note: If insufficient qualified applications are received to award all scholarships, funds will be held for scholarships in a subsequent semester. The Department of Philosophy reserves the right not to award all the scholarships available in a given year.