MSP Ortiz Mind and Heart Scholarship

“An award-winning television reporter for KMEX – 34 Univision Los Angeles, Julio Cesar Ortiz is a well-known and respected journalist in the television broadcast community. He is also a proud CSUN alumnus, where he earned a double-major bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications studies, as an immigrant, and the only one in his family to attend college.
At CSUN, Julio founded the first-ever, 30 minute, weekly Spanish newscast in the California State University system. From their his heart was set on becoming a television reporter to serve the Spanish-Speaking community-a goal he achieved, Julio’s new stories and his involvement with the immigrant community have been recognized at local, state, and national levels. He has been nominated for 44 Emmys and received 21. For two consecutive years, Julio received the Edward Murrow Regional Award for best writer. His achievements also include being the first Mexican immigrant journalist to receive two consecutive Associated Press awards for writer of the year in the western United States.
Julio’s stories have taken him from Los Angeles to Phoenix, to the towns on the U.S/Mexican border and into the heart of Mexico where immigration to the U.S. has taken its toll. Motivated by the social and economic challenges faced by the immigrant community, he attained a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy form the University of Southern California and will specialize in treating mental disorders as a consequence of acculturation and migration within the Hispanic community. Include launching a bi-weekly segment on mental health to connect the Hispanic community to mental health services on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcast. Ortiz is currently teaching at CSUN, where he focuses on students’ journalism growth by exposing them to ""real time"" reporting scenarios.

This scholarship will provide (1) annual scholarship award to students who are AB 540, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), or other undocumented status who demonstrate scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership and community service.

*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. *


  • Undergraduate students must enroll in 12 units or more during the Fall & Spring terms of the award year.
  • Must request (2) letters of recommendation via the my Matador Scholarship portal.
  • Letters of recommendation are specific as one must be requested from a faculty member and the other from a community service organization stating that the students have participated/volunteered in their organization.
  • Must submit an educational resume.
  • Undergraduate students must have a 3.25 GPA or higher
  • Must demonstrate scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership and participation in community service
  • Priority will be given to students majoring in Journalism and/or enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program."

Supplemental Questions
  1. I am majoring in Journalism
  2. I will be an EOP student for the upcoming Fall & Spring terms.
  3. I demonstrate scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership and participation in community service.
  4. I have completed and submitted a California Dream Act application for the upcoming academic year.
  5. Discuss how your cultural background, family, and/or neighborhood have influenced your desire to pursue a college education.
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