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The Matadors Community Credit Union 2024 Student Project Award



Application Deadline: March 29, 2024 (Including verifications from a faculty member)

Arts Council notification to awardee: April 29, 2024

Presentation of $1,000 at Annual Awards Luncheon: May 11, 2024

Student project completed: First day of Fall 2024 Semester


How do I apply?

  1. Click "Apply Now" below or go to the SPA Application 2024 page (in menu bar, “Student Project Award 2024”).

  2. Complete and submit your application on or before March 29, 2024.

  3. Ask a faculty member in your department to recommend you by filling out the SPA Faculty Recommendation form (in menu bar, “Student Project Award 2024”). All faculty recommendations will be verified.

If you are selected, we will verify your enrollment status and GPA with the Chair of your department.

You will receive a confirmation email from the Arts Council acknowledging the receipt of your application.

We may contact you if we have questions. The winner will be notified by April 29, 2024.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us using the “I Have a Question” form (in menu bar, “Student Project Award 2024”)

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Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality and clarity of the writing and how the project addresses the items that follow:

Project Description

How will you plan to implement this project? Is this a solo project? If you are involving others, in what capacity?

The purpose and scope of your project

Include how you will grow personally and how the project relates to your academic goals.

Goal(s) for the project

What do you hope to achieve? What is your desired outcome? Be succinct.

Detailed Budget

Provide a detailed list of expenses. In bullet points, list all materials or services/labor you will need, not to exceed $1,000.

Demonstrate the following (include all that apply): 

How the project will help you achieve your long- or short-term goals. How the project will benefit CSUN, the College of Arts, Media, and Communication, your department, the community, and/or your target population.

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The Arts Council will not fund projects depending on, requiring or otherwise taking funds from other sources. This provides a level playing field to all applicants.

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The Arts Council for CSUN will provide a $1,000 Award to one full-time student in good standing with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Applicant must be enrolled in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication majoring in Art, CTVA, Music or Theatre in the Spring semester of 2024. The funds are to be used for a student project which must be completed prior to the beginning of the Fall semester of 2024. An oral presentation may be required before a finalist is chosen.


What happens if my project is selected?

You will have all of summer break to complete your project. The CSUN Arts Council will look forward to the completion of your project.


What is a project?

A project is a vision, an aspiration, an avocation. A project is your opportunity to express yourself, to work professionally and to expand your portfolio or resumé. A project is an excuse to dream. A chance to collaborate. A statement of “I AM.” And, realistically, this project is the execution of your creative idea within the time constraints and budgets provided.


What will help me win?

A winning project is one that is achievable within the time frame and budget. Really want to stand out? Include answers to these in your application: Does your project satisfy an unmet need? (Cite an example) Can your project be recreated on a larger scale, for a different audience, or in a different medium? (For example, a novel may be turned into an audiobook, a movie, a play or even a graphic novel.)


Still have questions?


On 10/30, Dr. Paula Thomson, Professor and dance coordinator will be our speaker.

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