Cause & Tracy S. Hanna Scholarship

Cause and Tracy S. Hanna Scholarship

The Cause and Tracy S. Hanna Scholarship commemorates the contributions of the late-Cause Hanna and his spouse Tracy Hanna to the CSU Channel Islands Community. As the Director of the Santa Rosa Island Research Station, Cause Hanna profoundly impacted the lives of every person who visited the Station. His enthusiasm for the student-centered mission of CSU Channel Islands was always on display. Tracy Hanna and their children contributed to Cause’s work. They welcomed and worked with visitors, creating an open, family atmosphere.

The purpose of this scholarship is to preserve the memory of Cause and Tracy Hanna’s work in the community.

Deadline: April 27, 2018

The winner of the Hanna Scholarship will be announced and recognized on the evening of May 5, 2018 during Arts Under the Stars.


This $1,000 scholarship is intended to support student research related to the California Channel Islands, especially research focused on Santa Rosa Island, or the Southern California Coast. Scholarship funds are intended to defray the cost of tuition and fees. In addition to the scholarship, the recipient is entitled to up to $700 to support travel related to this research (e.g., travel to a conference, fieldwork, etc.).


The recipient must:

  • be a rising Junior or rising Senior planning to complete a capstone or significant faculty-mentored research project during the 2018-2019 academic year;
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 CSU Channel during the semester of application;
  • propose research centered on the California Channel Islands, preferably Santa Rosa Island, or the Southern Coast of California;
  • agree to present their research at an appropriate disciplinary or interdisciplinary conference during the 2018-2019 academic year, and at the 2019 CI Student Research Conference;
  • deposit a copy of their research paper–in paper and electronic form–in the John Spoor Broome Library.

Preference is given to students majoring in Environmental Science, Biology, or Anthropology. However, students from any discipline can apply. All applicants must explain how the California Channel Islands or the Southern Coast are central to their research project

Preference is given to students who are first-generation college students.

Application Materials

  • Completed application;
  • A 500-1,000 word description of the research project, including a proposed timeline and discussion of related tasks, that is comprehensible to individuals from multiple disciplines;
  • A current resume;
  • One letter of recommendation from the faculty mentor involved with the applicant’s research project;
  • A follow up interview may be required.

Selection Committee

The selection committee for the 2018-2019 Hanna Scholarship is Allison Alvarado (Biology), Eva Gomez (Foundation), Sean Kelly (Political Science), Jennifer Perry (Anthropology), and Don Rodriguez (ESRM).

Questions about the application process should be directed to

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