MSP Ed Burke Scholarship Endowment

The Ed Burke Scholarship Endowment will award an annual scholarship to students who are members of the CSUN’s Young Democrats Organization. The club perpetuates the ideals of freedom of speech, thought, & religion as outlined in the United States Constitution. Continue to foster goodwill toward the campus as a whole and assist efforts towards the election of Democratic Party Candidates to public office & promote the ideals of the Democratic Party.

About the Donor:

Ed Burke spent nearly four decades as an educator and as much time involved in politics, from the local to the national level. He had always had a drive to help others and made it his lifelong determination to help the next generation of Democratic leaders thrive in government. He has always been the silent champion for many organizations including the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee and the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley to the Democratic National Committee. With his first passion as an educator, he was unapologetic in making big waves in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He served as the chief of staff to Board Member Jon Lauritzen and the chief advisor to Board Member Bennett Kayser. He also helped to establish the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program for teachers, providing instructional support to below standard teachers, beginning teachers and those who volunteer for assistance. After moving to Hawaii, he helped elect a young legislator, Cedric Gates, and now serves as his policy advisor.

Even though retirement called him to Oahu, Hawaii, Ed has been a stellar volunteer and advocate for the University as a Heritage Society member and an Ambassador for the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts.

Please note: Any change to your enrollment status resulting in less than full time enrollment for any term within the award year will result in a cancellation of your award.


  • Must be current members of the CSUN Young Democrats organization*.
  • One letter of recommendation will be submitted on my behalf via the myMatador Scholarship portal.
  • Undergraduate students must enroll in 12 units or more during each award term – Fall & Spring terms of the upcoming academic year.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0
  • Must have a FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file for the upcoming academic year.
  • Must scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership and participation in community service.
  • Must upload a copy of your student resume. A student resume is a detailed record of your personal and educational information. It includes the name of your school/college, coursework, projects (if any) undertaken, and awards. The resume may also contain additional information like your extracurricular activities, volunteer experiences, job experiences (if any), hobbies, etc.

Supplemental Questions
  1. I am a current member of the CSUN Young Democrats organization
  2. I demonstrate scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership and participation in community service.
  3. I have submitted a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application for the upcoming academic year.
  4. Describe your volunteer/community service experience. How does your volunteer and community work relate to your aspirations for the future?
  5. How long have you been a member of the CSUN Young Democrats organization? Describe a time you showed leadership or stepped into a leadership role within this organization.
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