CSU Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

2023-2024 Academic Year Award

After graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree from CSU Northridge, and serving as an officer in the US Army, Richard Leffingwell joined the CSU’s Chancellor’s Office as a member of the trustees’ audit staff. He directed the CSU’s self-supporting financing activities, and later became the Director of Financing and Treasury. Richard worked with trustees, campuses, and the municipal financing community to establish viable systems for financing non-state projects at the 23 CSU campuses before retiring in 2004. This scholarship reflects his admiration for the university’s commitment to provide opportunities to foster the next generation of students who wish to be instrumental in serving the public.

This scholarship is open to CSUN undergraduate and graduate students who have a course of study within the fields of business, economics or other disciplines that will serve the applicant in achieving goals relating to nonprofit or public service.

All students meeting the opportunity requirements are encouraged to apply. Student veterans, meeting the criteria below, and are otherwise equal to others in qualifications, will receive favorable consideration.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing.
  • Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Undergraduate student applicants must have at least 70 units completed to qualify for this award.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in and aspire to a career in nonprofit or public service.
  • Have demonstrated financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA or California Dream Act application.
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate (12 units) or graduate (8 units) student
  • Remain a CSUN full-time equivalent student during the Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 terms.
    Any change to your eligibility status in any term within the award year will result in a cancellation of your award.
  • Must complete the Personal Statement essay question expressing your motivation and goals for a career in nonprofit service? What are your experiences or involvement to date in non-profit or public services activities?

Please note: If you are receiving Financial Aid (including loans), your financial aid award(s) may be adjusted if you receive a scholarship amount that exceeds your financial aid total limit. Speak to a financial aid counselor during walk-in hours to get a detailed overview about your individual situation.

For more information on this and other CSU Systemwide scholarships, please visit https://www.csun.edu/financialaid/csu-foundation

CSU Systemwide Scholarships
Supplemental Questions
  1. I am a student within the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
  2. For preference: I am a student veteran.
  3. I am interested in a career in nonprofit or public service.
  4. What do you think it means to be a CSUN Matador?
  5. Please upload: A copy of your student resume/CV. 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.
  6. Please scan and upload: A completed CSU Systemwide Scholarships Applicant Information Form
  7. What are your motivations and goals for a career in nonprofit or public service? What are your experiences or involvement to date in nonprofit or public service activities?
  8. What experience has impacted your personal growth?
  9. Tell us about a time you failed. What did you learn from that experience?
  10. Why are you pursuing your major? How does it relate to your career aspirations?
  11. Provide an example of service beyond the classroom (i.e., have you taken on significant family obligations, helped others in a specific way, been involved in political action, worked/volunteered/interned at a particular organization, etc.). Why is this example significant to you?
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