Together We Rise: A Matador Student Leader Scholarship

The Together We Rise: A Matador Student Leader Scholarship will award one annual scholarship to a student who has a minimum of (48) completed units of study at CSUN.

Additional requirements noted below.

About the Donor:
Wendy L. Yost transferred to California State University, Northridge in 1991 after completing her Associate Arts degree at Marymount Palos Verdes College. She served in a variety of the student leadership capacities included in the scholarship. Most notably, she was the President of Sigma Kappa Sorority and a Resident Advisor in Student Housing during and following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Wendy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies in 1994 and at the prompting of her Mentor, Tom Piernik, former Director of the Office of Student Involvement & Development, her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Policies Studies in 1997. Since graduating from CSUN, Wendy has returned to campus in a number of professional capacities, working within the Division of Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs and Development and consulting for over 100 different departments on campus, providing coaching, consulting and training and development services. Since 2007, Wendy has been teaching Part Time in the Recreation & Tourism Management Department. The leadership course she has taught for over a decade was voted Best Class on Campus in the Daily Sundial, she received a Distinguished Teaching Award for it, and she converted the curriculum from it into a TEDx Talk and a series of Leadership Academies that she offers off campus. Wendy is a 2018 recipient of the University’s Volunteer Service Award. And throughout her work on campus and off, she is passionate about helping people realign their time, energy and attention toward more of what truly matters to them.

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.

Additional requirements for consideration include:

  • Undergraduate student must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to a 2.0.
  • Must have a FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file for the upcoming academic year.
  • Must have at least 48 completed units of study at CSUN.
  • Must request one letter of recommendation via the my Matador Scholarships portal.
  • Student must demonstrate a minimum of one semester of active participation in one of the following campus activities:
    • Associated Students Cabinet Members, Senators, or Directors
    • New Student Orientation as a coordinator
    • Officer in a chartered student club and organization
    • Peer Mentors, Peer Health Educators, or Peer Ministers
    • Resident Advisors
    • Sorority or Fraternity Members with service on the chapter’s executive board
    • Student Athletes
    • TAKE Cast Members or Matador Mentors
    • University Ambassadors
    • University Student Union Board Members and Committee Chairs
  • 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 have completed a minimum of 48 units at CSUN.
  2. I am in good academic standing.
  3. I have completed and submitted a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application for the upcoming academic year.
  4. I have actively participated for one semester and I am a current active member in one of the following campus activities:
  5. How long have you been a member of the above selected club/organization? Describe a time you showed leadership or stepped into a leadership role within this organization.
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