Applicants for the Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship should be pursuing 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. Must have demonstrated an interest in and aspire to a career in nonprofit or public service, demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid office. Must be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent upper division or graduate student at a California State University campus and must remain a full-time equivalent student during the scholarship period.
Please include in the personal statement 1) motivations and goals for a career in nonprofit or public service, 2) experience or involvement to date in nonprofit or public service activities, and 3) how they envision their course of study and anticipated career facilitating their goals with nonprofit or public service communities. 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 reflects Mr. Leffingwell’s 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.
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 Office of the Chancellor 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.