MSP Peter J. Taylor Scholarship

2024-25 Academic Year Award

This scholarship is in recognition of Peter J. Taylor’s transformational leadership at ECMC Foundation, and in honor of the milestone occasion of his retirement as President of ECMC Foundation, the Board of Directors of the ECMC Foundation is creating an endowed scholarship to support the students who are the focus of the ECMC Foundation and the Nazarian College of Business at CSUN.

Immediately following his graduation from UCLA, Peter pursued a career working in public policy as a legislative staff member in Sacramento, eventually moving to a career in public finance banking where he would spend the next 15-plus years. However, he has always had strong passion for higher education and served as a volunteer, as a donor, as president of the UCLA undergraduate alumni association, and as a member of the University of California (UC) Regents and the California State University Board of Trustees. It was his experience as chief financial officer for the UC system during the Great Recession that crystallized for him the critical importance of higher education in addressing issues of equity. That experience, along with those prior, paved the way to his role as president of ECMC Foundation.

In 2014, Mr. Taylor assumed the leadership of the ECMC Foundation to take what was then a foundation focused on direct services for educators and youth and turn it into a more strategic grant maker. They started with two employees and provided less than $1 million in grants annually. Today, ECMC Foundation has grown into a team of 17 and have made more than $250 million in grants and investments over the past seven years. ECMC is now recognized as a leading national post-secondary funder at the forefront of systems change in higher education. ECMC Foundation has helped improve post-secondary career and technical education for the benefit of thousands of students, similar to those at CSUN. Mr. Taylor also serves as board chair for Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, as well as on the boards of Pacific Life, College Futures Foundation, 23andMe, and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

This scholarship is help support to students with a baccalaureate degree objective in business administration, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Preference will be given to those students who transfer from a California community college.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be at the undergraduate level and pursuing first baccalaureate degree.
  • Undergraduate continuing students must have a CSUN GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Incoming transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Students must completed a minimum of sixty (60) units.
  • Students must enroll in 12 units or more during the Fall & Spring terms of the award year.
  • Must have a FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file for the upcoming academic year.
  • One letter of recommendation must be requested through the my Matador Scholarship system.
  • Show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining an undergraduate degree at CSUN.
  • Any change to your enrollment status resulting in less than part time enrollment for any term within the award year will result in a cancellation of your award.

Please note: If you are receiving financial aid (including loans), your financial aid award may be adjusted if you receive this scholarship. Please speak to a financial aid counselor during walk-in hours to get a detailed explanation about your individual situation.

Supplemental Questions
  1. I am transferring or have transferred from a California Community College with at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units and I am entering or have entered CSUN at the Junior Level or above.
  2. Please name the California Community College you transferred from:
  3. I am pursuing my baccalaureate degree in business administration, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  4. What are your reasons for choosing your academic field(s) of study including any concentrations?
  5. Tell us about your financial need and your determination to persist and graduate in a timely manner.
  6. Please provide a short, 300-500 word personal biography that includes the following: (a) Academic and professional goals; (b) Personal/Family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance; (c) Honors, awards, scholarships, grants and/or distinctions previously received; (d) Share any experience you have in working/volunteering in the community. Share how that has positively impacted you with your academic and professional pursuits.
  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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