Keysight-BEST Scholarship (2015-2016 Academic Year)

This scholarship program is made possible by a partnership between Keysight Technologies, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's Building Economic Success Together (BEST) job creation initiative, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and Sonoma State University (SSU). The goal is to encourage students to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) and add to the technical workforce in Sonoma County - strengthening the region's competitiveness in the global economy. Each recipient of the scholarship will be honored as "Keysight Scholar". This scholarship program provides three $2000 scholarships to BSEE students for the following academic year. These will be awarded in recognition of merit only; financial need will not be considered in the selection process. Scholarships will be paid at $1000 per each of the 2 semesters. Continuing and newly admitted BSEE students are invited to apply for these scholarships by the deadline.

Before beginning the application process, please read the following instructions carefully.

  1. Eligibility to Apply for a Keysight-Best Scholarship
    • Freshmen starting in Fall:
      1. Must have accepted admission in the BSEE program at SSU and made required deposit.
      2. Must have obtained a minimum GPA of 2.75 in high school on a 4-point scale as determined by SSU Admissions and Records.
    • Transfer students starting in Fall:
      1. Must have accepted admission in the BSEE program at SSU by making necessary deposit.
      2. Must have obtained a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all college level courses as well as in all college level ES, CS, Physics and Math courses.
    • Continuing BSEE students at SSU: a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all courses as well as in ES, CS, Physics and Math courses taken at SSU.
  2. Criteria
    The primary criterion for receiving awards from the Keysight Scholarship Program is a distinguished record of academic achievement. In this context, your high school GPA (and college GPA if a transfer student), SAT/ACT score, a personal narrative and an in-person interview will be considered in the evaluation of your scholarship application. Financial need is not a criterion.
  3. Application Materials
    • A completed application form: No item in the application form should be left blank. If an item does not apply to you, or you do not have information, please attach an explanation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • Copies of unofficial transcripts: Please attach copies of your high school and/or college transcripts.
    • Narrative: Attach a typed two pages or less (about 500 words) narrative to your application. In this narrative, explain why you merit a Keysight Technologies Foundation Scholarship. The narrative should address your academic record and achievements, any academic honors received, your academic abilities and potential to excel in both educational and career pursuits. You should also discuss your educational goals and career objectives. Your work experience, leadership roles, and community service may also be included but the ability to relate these to your academic interest and potential is important. Financial need should not be addressed in the narrative. This narrative will be judged for style as well as content.
  4. Application Deadline
    Please submit your completed application packet by August 21, 2015 to: Department of Engineering Science, Sonoma State University, Salazar Hall - Room 2004, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609. The phone number is (707) 664-2030. The fax is (707) 664-2361.
    Your application can be hand delivered in the office by 3 p.m. on the due date or, If mailed, postmarked by that day. The deadline will be strictly observed.
  5. Phone Interview
    The Engineering Science Department Office may contact you to schedule a phone interview. The phone interviews may take about 30 minutes. Please make sure that you provide a telephone number on your application at which you can be contacted directly.
  6. Notification
    We expect to announce names of the awardees 4 weeks after the application due date.
  7. Maintenance of Enrollment and GPA
    In order to receive scholarship, an awardee must be enrolled as a full time matriculated student in the BSEE program at SSU during the award period. The award is automatically terminated if the awardee leaves the BSEE program at SSU, or is not making satisfactory progress in the major. Typically, the full-time load is at least 12 units per semester. Awards will be made in two installments, one half in Fall and one half in the following Spring semester. To receive the award in the Spring semester, an awardee's GPA at SSU in the Fall semester must be at least 3.0 in the required major courses (i.e. Math, Physics, Computer Science and Engineering) as well as overall.
  8. In accordance with University Policy the Scholarship Committee is committed to the precept that during the scholarship review process, there shall be no difference in "treatment of a person because of age, race, sex, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, Vietnam Era Veteran’s status, or disabling condition."

Note: The priority goes to the first time applicants.

Please retain this information for your future reference.