Scholarships

These scholarships support Cal State Fullerton students who work in fields related to the mission of the Fullerton Arboretum.

David L. Walkington Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $1,500

This scholarship is funded by the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum. The award was established to honor the memory of the late David L. Walkington, a CSUF professor of biology and a director of the Fullerton Arboretum. The scholarship may be awarded no more than twice to the same individual.

Application is open to full-time upper-division undergraduate or graduate students majoring in biological science or related fields that emphasize botany, ethnobotany, medical plant usage, ornamental horticulture, plant adaptation, genetic engineering of plants and/or biogeography.

Criteria: GPA, community activities, financial need, appropriateness of study

Application Deadline: March 2

Jorice Maag Local History Scholarship
Amount: $1,500

This scholarship is funded by the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum to encourage the study of California history and may be awarded no more than twice to the same individual.

Application is open to full-time upper-division undergraduate or graduate students pursuing topics related to California history. Preference is given to those interested in local history, defined as topics relating to the immediate area of the campus, Orange County and surrounding areas or persons and institutions in these areas engaging in activities that promote, conserve and/or exhibit such history.

Criteria: GPA, student and community activities, financial need, appropriateness of study/project

Application Deadline: March 2

Nicholas Torres

Nicholas Torres, David L. Walkington Scholarship recipient (2021)

SCERP scholar Nicholas Torres is studying plant biology at CSUF. He currently works with Dr. Abraham, investigating the effects of soil nitrogen on fennel herbivory. In addition to his research projects, Nicholas is also the national liaison for the CSUF chapter of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science). Previously he worked in Puente Hills, monitoring wildlife and measuring climate change in the rocky intertidal. After graduating, Nicholas plans to become a high school science teacher.

"Thanks to your scholarship, I can keep working and studying and focus my efforts towards aspects essential for my thesis study with the testing, calibration, and repair of advanced sensors from home which are required for the measurement of whole plant conductance, pressure, and gas composition in my study species. This would be very difficult to manage without your award, and for that I am very grateful."

Lila Rodriguez

Lila Rodriguez, Jorice Maag Local History Scholarship recipient (2021)

"“Thank you to the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum for their generosity. It is truly an honor to have been selected as the recipient for the 2021 Jorice Maag Scholarship. I am very excited that, during these trying times, this scholarship will give me the opportunity to continue to attend conferences where I can develop as a professional, and learn more about my local history. I was born and raised all throughout OC, and I care deeply about my community. Now, I look forward to uncovering the complex history of redlining in Southern California, and I hope to learn how I can better support my community in the process."

Joseph

Joseph Michaud, David L. Walkington Scholarship recipient (2020)

"I must thank the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum again for choosing me for your scholarship! This award is going to help me tremendously going forward with my ongoing Master’s thesis into discovering the origin and role of positive xylem pressure in the giant timber bamboo, Bambusa oldhamii."

"Thanks to your scholarship, I can keep working and studying and focus my efforts towards aspects essential for my thesis study with the testing, calibration, and repair of advanced sensors from home which are required for the measurement of whole plant conductance, pressure, and gas composition in my study species. This would be very difficult to manage without your award, and for that I am very grateful."

Sharon

Sharon Chang received a stipend for her research (2020).

"I am currently a part of Dr. Merri Lynn Casem's lab in the department of Biology, and our current project aims to examine the physiological effects of a black widow spider bite. The case study we are focusing on is from Dr. Clark, a physician in Fullerton that treated a fatal case in July of 1900. With the research stipend I received from the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum, my hope is that we strengthen our connection to the history of the Fullerton Arboretum and enrich the story of our campus through our project."

Application Procedure

Follow this procedure for either scholarship.

  1. Complete the Scholarship & Award applicationPDF File Opens in new window , answer all 7 questions and sign the certification.
  2. Prepare a personal letter of interest that includes a description of your study and/or activities related to the scholarship requirements, a statement of future goals and an explanation of your financial need.
  3. Provide a copy of all college transcripts.
  4. Obtain two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a CSUF faculty member.
  5. Submit application materials to the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum, 657-278-4010.

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