HSU Announces Hundreds of Thousands in Scholarships

Humboldt State University has already awarded about $425,000 in scholarships for the next academic year, providing financial support to hundreds of incoming and current students.

That’s about $75,000 more than this time last year, thanks to a recent grant for HSU transfer students. And the total will get higher – it doesn’t include a slew of other scholarships that will be announced over the summer.

About 300 students have been awarded 400 scholarships for the 2018-19 year, according to Financial Aid Director Peggy Metzger. Some of those are funded by a $50,000 grant from the Crankstart Foundation, which will provide $2,500 Crankstart Scholarships to 10 HSU transfer students each year for the next two years.

There are three recipients of the English Scholarship this year. Established with a $50,000 endowment by an anonymous donor, it is the first and only one for English majors at HSU. The donor made an additional $25,000 gift to the endowment earlier this year, which allowed more students to receive a scholarship.

There’s also the new Michael B. Smeaton Biology Scholarship. Created in memory of the late Michael Smeaton (’04, Biology), the $2,000 award goes to a Biology major focusing on cellular/molecular biology.

Metzger says that 50 first-time freshmen applicants from local high schools were awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarship funds. The oldest scholarship is the Edith V. Craig scholarship, established nearly 80 years ago. The largest is the new $15,000 Donald and Andrea Tuttle Fellowship for Clean Energy Studies, offered through the Schatz Energy and Research Center.