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Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the availability of up to four scholarships for 2016–2017. 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.

For AY16-17, 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 AY16–17, one $300 Friends of Philosophy Scholarships will be available.


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 2016.
  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 BA or MA 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 retrieve the form).
  2. A cover letter that briefly summarizes why the applicant deserves this scholarship. 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. One essay that exemplifies your philosophical talents (e.g., a paper written for a class, a writing sample for graduate school, law school, professional programs, etc.). Essays should be prepared for blind review, with identifying information removed.


The complete AY16–17 application must be received by Kaz Mogi <> in the Department of Philosophy (MHB-917) no later than 12:00pm sharp on Monday December 5th 2016. Electronic submission is acceptable. The scholarship winners will be announced by the end of the FA16 term.

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.