MSP Dorothy P. Johnson Scholarship

2024-2025 Academic Year Award

A proud mother and CSUN alumna, Dorothy earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and urban studies, later earning her teaching credential. Immediately upon graduation, the Los Angeles Unified School District hired her as a third grade teacher at Century Park Elementary School.

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Dorothy is the seventh child of 11 brothers and sisters. Her parents decided to move to Los Angeles for more opportunities, less discrimination and a better life. Dorothy was a first-generation college student, and as her parents were self-employed, she and her parents appreciated the grant, student loan and student work programs that were available to her while at CSUN.

Although she is now retired after 38 years of service, Dorothy’s love for education has not changed. She believes that the positive impact of learning and interacting with students from many different countries enhances values, such as critical thinking, pride and awareness of citizenship, that are important to becoming a mature citizen. Dorothy is proud of her CSUN legacy, and is happy to give back to her Alma mater through the establishment of the Dorothy P. Johnson Scholarship Fund.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to CSUN first generation college students
  • Must be majoring in one of the STEM fields..
  • Undergraduate students must have a GPA of at least a 3.0.
  • Graduate students must have a GPA of at least a 3.5.
  • Must have a FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file for the upcoming academic year.
  • 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.
  • Graduate students must enroll in a minimum of 6 units (8 units preferred) 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 demonstrate Scholastic Achievement and demonstrated exceptional leadership and community service.
  • One letter of recommendation must be requested through the my Matador Scholarship system.
  • 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.

    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. Please indicate your parents' level of education:
    • Father:
    • Mother:
  2. For peference: I am majoring in a STEM field, such as: Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science.
  3. What does it mean to be a CSUN Matador? How do you uphold these traits and/or values?
  4. Please describe your community service and extracurricular experiences. Describe how your participation has exemplified your exceptional leadership skills and how you have made a difference in your community.
  5. Discuss how your cultural background, family, and/or neighborhood have influenced your desire to pursue a college education.
  6. Please upload: A copy of your resume/CV (Please review help text)
  7. [MSP 1] Please request: A letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, counselor, or community leader - who can attest to your meritorious performance and personal strengths and can 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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