Michael Ruvo and Stephen M. Lachs Scholarship

The Michael Ruvo and Stephen M. Lachs Scholarship will support students who have demonstrated leadership and support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi sexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) communities.The scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled at CSUN in any academic discipline. Students must have demonstrated financial need, be in good academic standing, and have a commitment or involvement in organizations, programs, or initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, and the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals. Further, the award recipients must demonstrate leadership, scholastic achievement, and participation in extracurricular activities

About the Donor: Michael Ruvo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1980. He currently has his own firm which markets and represents artisans and manufacturers from around the world. He works with designers, boutiques, architects, hotels and restaurants. The Honorable Stephen M. Lachs was the first openly gay judge in the United States. He was appointed in 1979 by then-Governor Jerry Brown. Together, Mr. Ruvo and Judge Lachs are deeply committed to the rights of the LGBTQ+ community with a special interest in its youth.

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.

Applicants:

  • Must be a CSUN Undergraduate or Graduate student planning to enroll in both Fall & Spring terms of the upcoming academic year.
  • GPA must be greater than or equal to a 2.0 and must be in good academic standing
  • Must have a FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file for the upcoming academic year.
  • Must have a commitment or involvement in organizations, programs, or initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, and the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Must request one letter of recommendation via the _my_Matador Scholarships portal.
  • 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.

Award
Varies
Deadline
04/30/2020
Supplemental Questions
  1. I will be enrolled at CSUN as an undergraduate or graduate student for the upcoming Fall & Spring terms.
  2. I have completed and submitted a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application for the upcoming academic year.
  3. Please describe your contributions or involvement in organizations, programs, or initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, and the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, and the impact your contributions have made. Ensure to elaborate on how your participation has allowed you to exercise your leadership skills.
  4. How would this scholarship help to support your continued advocacy efforts in LGBTQ+ communities in the upcoming academic year?
  5. Please request: A letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, counselor, or community leader - who can attest to your a commitment or involvement in organizations, programs, or initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, and the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. They may also wish to discuss you meritorious performance, personal strengths and assess your potential for academic and career success. The letter should include a signature, title, and contact information. The letter should be addressed to: *Award Selection Committee*.
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