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Featured Scholarship: First Generation Students

It’s scholarship season, which means there are hundreds of opportunities for San Diego State University students to prepare—at least financially—for next year. Whether you’re an undeclared freshman or a graduate anthropology student, chances are there’s at least one, if not 20, scholarships that fit your student profile.

Each month leading up to the winter and spring application deadlines, @State will feature a scholarship from SDSU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships online database. Apply for as many as you qualify for—it’s free, it’s easy, it’s online!

Michael J. Gilligan Scholarship 

Award of at least $12,000
Open to first-time, full-time freshmen
October 10 application deadline

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 OR an SAT score of 1200 or higher
  • Not have any immediate family members who have completed college
  • Have graduated from one of the listed San Diego high schools
  • File a FAFSA and have financial need
  • Submit an essay describing what motivates you to become the first member of your immediate family to attend or complete college.


Get the full details and apply.