FA&S- CSU Systemwide- Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

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.

• Two (2) $3,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Award Period: 2023-2024:


• Answer the required Personal Statement questions under the CSU Systemwide application and the additional RICHARD K. LEFFINGWELL SCHOLARSHIP question number 5

  • Be a upper division or graduate student. (Students who are current sophomores, but will have junior standing by the beginning of fall 2023 are eligible to apply)
  • 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
  • Have demonstrated an interest in and aspire to a career in nonprofit or public service
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office (Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) that correlates with the award period must be on file)
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent upper division or graduate student at CPP and remain a full-time equivalent student during the scholarship period

Personal Statement (300 word max count for each):

1. What experience has impacted your personal growth?
2. Tell us about a time you failed. What did you learn from that experience?
3. Why are you pursuing your major? How does it relate to your career aspirations?
4. 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?

Supplemental Question (300 word max count):
5. 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?

All students meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply. A student who is a military veteran, meets the criteria, and is otherwise equal to others in qualifications, will receive favorable consideration

This scholarship opportunity involves a nomination process. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will forward selected nominees to the CSU Foundation. The CSU Foundation will make the final determination regarding chosen recipients. If selected as a nominee for this scholarship, the recipient will be required to submit supplemental materials as requested. Please be sure to check your CPP email for follow-up requirements.

For questions regarding this opportunity, please email scholarships@cpp.edu

To begin the application process, please complete the General Application first, then proceed to the CSU Systemwide application to complete the personal statement. To complete the supplemental question search RICHARD K. LEFFINGWELL SCHOLARSHIP in the “Opportunities >> Ours” tab and click on APPLY.

CSU Foundation, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
Supplemental Questions
  1. ANSWER AFTER COMPLETING THE CSU SYSTEMWIDE SCHOLARSHIPS PERSONAL STATEMENT. Question 5.) 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?