Judge Julian Beck Scholarship
(Current Academic Year Opportunity) This scholarship provides financial assistance to students pursing a Bachelor of Science degree in any of the Health Sciences programs at CSUN. Recipients will be based upon demonstration of commitment to professional growth and service, leadership, positive and professional attitude, and, where applicable, outstanding clinical potential. The scholarship is made possible by a generous contribution from the Judge Julian Beck Health Sciences Endowment established in 1984. It is the intention of the donor to provide financial assistance to an outstanding senior each year.
About the Donor:
Julian Beck was born in Philadelphia on May 13, 1905. His father was from Germany and his mother was from Austria. He was one of six children. They were very, very poor. They owned a little restaurant where all the children worked. Julian had to get up by 5 a.m. daily to work in the restaurant before going to school. When his class went to the circus one day, he was not able to go since he did not have the 5 cents needed for the streetcar.
Julian graduated from UCLA in 1929 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. While attending UCLA he worked in a variety of jobs including a conductor for Pacific Electric Ry., produce clerk for Ralphs, clerk for Title Insurance and Trust Co., stenographer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Assistant Boys’ Secretary for the Hollywood YMCA. He received his
M.A. degree in History from USC in 1935. The same year he also received his LLB from Loyola University.
From 1931 to 1946 he taught business and social studies classes for the Los Angeles City School District. He had a private law practice in San Fernando from 1935 to 1953 and also taught one year as an instructor for the American Institute of Banking.
As a teacher he was very active in various local and statewide teachers’ organizations and served as their advocate and lobbyist for state legislators. This is how he became interested in politics. In 1942 he ran as a Democrat for the newly created 41st Assembly district in the San Fernando Valley. He served in the State Assembly for ten years, and was the minority floor leader for three of those years.
In 1953 he was appointed to the Municipal Court by Governor Earl Warren, a good friend and a Republican. In 1959 he served as Governor “Pat” Brown’s Legislative Secretary. Governor Brown asked him to be his running mate when he ran for governor but due to his wife’s poor health at that time, he had to decline. Governor Brown appointed him to the Superior Court in L.A. later in 1959 where he served until he retired in 1975. He belonged to many service organizations. He was president of the Lions Club, The San Fernando Valley Shrine, and first president of the San Fernando YMCA.
Two of his greatest achievements were carrying the legislation that created CSUN, and creating the Superior Court in San Fernando. He was Chairman of CSUN’s Advisory Board for 16 years. (Steve Allen and Ann Blythe also served on the board for a period of time.) Julian Beck always felt that education and hard work gave a person more options in life.
Education was a gift to improve a person’s life. He also felt strongly about sharing and giving to those who struggled to pay for their higher education. He left ten Endowments to CSUN for the purpose of helping others. He is a prime example of where hard work and an education can help fulfill your dreams and the dreams of others. He was so passionate about books and learning that he audited classes at CSUN until he was well into his eighties.
Julian Beck passed away on August 18, 1992 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. He left behind two daughters that were both teachers, and 4 grandchildren that all graduated from college; two with Master Degrees and one with a Medical Degree.
- Must be undergraduate students in senior standing at CSUN graduating at the end of the current Spring term.
- Must have completed 90+ units or more to qualify for this award.
- Must be a Health Sciences (Health Administration, Public Health, or Radiologic Sciences) major
- Must have a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.25
- Must be enrolled part-time or full-time at CSUN.
- Request one letter of recommendation via the my Matador Scholarships Portal
- Submit a copy of current Degree Progress Report (DPR)
*Please contact Mirna Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have questions regarding this scholarship opportunity.