Jerry De Felice Scholarship

2024-25 Academic Year Award

Jerry De Felice is an alumnus of California State University, Northridge, with a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing awarded in 1999 and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration in 2002. Following his graduation, Jerry worked for his alma mater in a host of different positions. His longest tenure was as a Director of Development in which he worked with Donors and campus leaders to match philanthropic intents with the students and programs of the University. His efforts resulted in significant program developments in the Division of Student Affairs, including the CSUN Basic Needs Center and CSUN Food Pantry. He also worked with the Directors of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Intercollegiate Athletics to identify charitable resources to ensure opportunities for the student athletes, students in the EOP program, and in the Resilient Scholars Program for former foster youth. Jerry is a true champion for alumni, donors, volunteers, students and all Matadors. His enthusiasm and passion for CSUN has changed lives and will impact the University for generations to come. After twenty-two years of service, Jerry left the University to become the Chief Development Officer for College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California

The Jerry De Felice scholarship provides one annual scholarship award for a continuing undergraduate student enrolled at the University in any course of study.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a matriculated continuing undergraduate student in any course of study
  • Continuing undergraduate students must enroll in 12 units or more during the Fall & Spring terms of the award year.
    Any change to your eligibility status in any term within the award year will result in a cancellation of your award.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.50
  • Must have a completed CA Dream Act Application (CADAA) with an approved AB540 waiver on file or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file for the award year being applied for
  • Must show a financial need as demonstrated by the CADAA or FAFSA
  • 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.
  • One letter of recommendation from a CSUN staff or faculty that confirms and discusses your volunteer engagement in one of the following student services areas:
    CSUN Basic Needs
    CSUN Food Pantry
    Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
    Resilient Scholar Program
    Matador Involvement Center
    Associated Students
    University Student Union
    Other student services programs within the Division of Student Affairs

    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

Supplemental Questions
  1. Compose an essay describing your leadership experiences, educational and personal successes, and learning achievements.
  2. Provide a brief personal essay detailing your financial need, and how the scholarship will help you be successful in college.
  3. Please request: A letter of recommendation from a CSUN staff member or CSUN faculty who can attest to your involvement in one of the following student services areas - CSUN Basic Needs Program, CSUN Food Pantry, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Resilient Scholar Program. Matador Involvement Center, Associated Students, University Student Union or other student services programs within the Division of Student Affairs. The letter should also assess your potential for academic and career success. In addition, the letter must include a signature, title, and contact information. The letter should be addressed to: *Award Selection Committee*.