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Laufer Scholarship Helps Student Appreciate the Gift of Life
By Chelsea Turner
The old adage “hard work pays off” proved true for Matador alumnus Orlando Avila ’10 (Religious Studies/Philosophy). As a recipient of the Joseph and Anna Laufer Religious Studies Student Endowment in fall 2009, Avila found that his work on campus and off campus in the real world paid off in a true gift of life to his daughter, now 4 years old. Read more about the Laufer Scholarship.

CSUN Students and Alumni Receive Year-Long China Study Abroad Awards
For students wanting to experience life in one of the world’s most populated and fascinating countries, at no cost to them, California State University, Northridge has an option. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) provides students with funding to live and study for a full year in China. Read more about the Study Abroad Awards.

Photo Gallery: Northridge Student Scholars Honored at Reception
On Oct. 2, 2013, CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison, campus administrators and deans gathered at University House to celebrate the 2013-2014 University and Presidential Scholars. Read more about the student scholars.

Inaugural Harrison Leadership Award Presented to CSUN Softball Player
This year’s California State University, Northridge Freshman Convocation included a new element: the presentation of the first annual Dianne F. Harrison Leadership Award to sophomore Madalyne Handy. Read more about the Inaugural Harrison Leadership Award.

Argyle Partners and Kingston Foundation Set Trend With Fashion and Design Scholarships
In the academic world of fashion, design and merchandising, tuition can be an extra concern for students already facing the difficult task of making a name for themselves in a competitive industry. However, thanks to gifts of $1,000 from both the Joy Kingston Foundation and Argyle Partners, three California State University, Northridge seniors have been awarded scholarships that will allow them to focus on their dreams of creating the next biggest fashion craze. Read more about the Fashion and Design Scholarships.

Opportunity to Donate to the Greg Jackson Memorial Scholarship
Tax deductible donations can be made to a newly-established scholarship fund honoring Greg Jackson, professor and coordinator of the Career Counseling Program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University, Northridge. Jackson passed away on July 12, 2013, after a brief illness. Read more about Greg Jackson Memorial Scholarship.

Hollywood Foreign Press Awards CSUN $50,000 for Senior Film Projects
While celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Jonah Hill, Blair Underwood and alumna Eva Longoria looked on, California State University, Northridge was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to support students working on their senior film projects. Read more about the Hollywood Foreign Press Awards.

Photo of Encino Women's Club scholarship recipients with a member of the club.Encino Woman’s Club Continues 25 Years of Scholarships
Continuing 25 straight years of scholarship support for California State University, Northridge students, the Encino Woman’s Club has given four more students the means to focus on school rather than loans or working an extra job. Read more about the Encino Woman's Club Scholarships.

Bayramian Scholarship Is ‘Life-changing’
California State University, Northridge student Wynnona Loredo didn’t know her life was about to change when she opened a letter from CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center. Read more about the Bayramian Scholarship.

Photo of CSUN student Katelyn Fields with her iPadDrown Foundation Gift Enables AppleCare+ Warranty and Tech Support for Students
When Katelyn Fields walked into the Matador bookstore on July 11, she had no idea her purchase would be a milestone in CSUN’s ongoing mission to reduce the cost and increase the quality of learning materials for students. Read more about the Drown Foundation.

Video: CSUN and Dodgers Partner in Internship Program
For 20 years, the family of Dodgers great Roy Campanella has supported physical therapy scholarships at CSUN. In 2010, the Dodgers Dream Foundation decided to expand Campanella’s legacy by placing CSUN physical therapy students in internships with the Dodgers. Read more about the Internship Program.

Presidential Scholarships Support Cutting-Edge Student Research
Harmanpreet Panesar—a California State University, Northridge senior—isn’t only going to class and planning her life after graduation like many undergraduates. She’s also working on DNA research that could someday save a life. Read more about the Presidential Scholarships.

Photo of CSUN student waving at graduationDianne F. Harrison Leadership Award Endowment
Created upon the occasion of President Dianne F. Harrison’s Investiture, the Harrison Leadership Award will recognize a freshman California State University, Northridge student for his or her leadership, as demonstrated by involvement in student government, a club or another campus organization. Read more about the Harrison Leadership Award.

Supporting Creative Excellence
This spring, 1,520 students are graduating from CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, joining nearly 10,000 CSUN students earning their degrees this year. One Curb College graduating senior, Anoushiravan Saboktakin, has an extra reason to celebrate. He has been awarded the Ravi K. and Amalia Sawhney Creative Excellence Award—a cash award of $10,000 recognizing and celebrating his creative achievements and professional promise as a graduating senior in the Curb College. Read more about the Creative Excellence Award.

Photo of the Sunshine Singers ChoirCSUN’s Music Therapy Wellness Clinic Receives $25,000
California State University, Northridge’s Music Therapy Wellness Clinic has received two gifts totaling $25,000 to support its individually designed music therapies for children and adults with disabilities and special challenges. Read more about the Music Therapy Wellness Clinic.

Photo of the Oviatt Library student employee scholarship winnersOviatt Library Student Employees Receive Scholarships
The Oviatt Library, heart of the California State University, Northridge campus, is home to thousands of volumes, priceless archives and innumerable resources for students, faculty and staff. However, one of the library’s greatest assets is its group of student employees. Every semester, more than 140 students work with full-time library staff to aid researchers, ensure collections are organized and keep the Oviatt running smoothly as an invaluable campus resource. Read more about the Oviatt Library Student Employees Scholarships.

Staff of the Valley Trauma CenterLawrence P. Frank Foundation Gifts Support Valley Trauma Center
Imagine you are a parent. You’ve just gotten a call from a police detective who says she’s at your child’s school and you need to come as quickly as possible. You don’t know it yet, but you are about to be in crisis as you are told that a school staff member has sexually molested your child. What do you do? Who do you turn to to guide you through the quagmire of law enforcement, court proceedings and mental health issues you and your child are now facing? If you are lucky, you have an advocate from the Valley Trauma Center at your side. Read more about Lawrence P. Frank Foundation.

Photo of the winning CSUN team with their certificateCSUN Wins Portfolio Management Competition
California State University, Northridge business students took home first prize at the 13th annual RISE (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) international student portfolio competition, held in conjunction with the RISE 13 investment forum April 4-6. Read more about the Portfolio Management Competition.

Photo of A team of Business Honors Program studenting presents their recommendations to the panel of judgesBusiness Students Display Skills, Win Scholarships in Annual Competition
On Feb. 21, the California State University, Northridge College of Business and Economics held the final round of the Business Honors Case Competition, an annual event in which student teams from the Business Honors Program complete real-world case studies. This year, 20 students participated. The winning team — Amber Deegan, Steven Spanton and Joseph Zapantis — split a $6,000 scholarship award. Steven Spanton also received the $500 Presentation Award scholarship. Read more about the Business Honors Case Competition.

Photo of The 2012 Campanella and Dodgers Dream Foundations scholarships winners, with foundation staff. From left to right: David Brennan, Cindi Adler, Kai Okamoto, Patiane Freitas, Richard Barba, Joni Campanella Roan, Yana Brailovskaya and Shannon DaviesA Great Dodger’s Family Gives Back: 2012 Campanella Scholarships Awarded
Five outstanding California State University, Northridge physical therapy graduate students— Richard Barba, Yana Brailovskaya, Shannon Davies, Patiane Freitas and Kai Okamoto—were awarded the Campanella Scholarship in 2012. Funded by the Roy and Roxie Campanella Foundation and the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the scholarship award provides financial assistance to physical therapy students who show outstanding clinical potential. The scholarship has been available to CSUN students since 1996. Read more about the Campanella Scholarships.

Photo of Leanne Stein on the steps of CSUN's Oviatt LibraryMediscan Scholarships Support Future Speech-Language Pathologists
Mediscan, one of the largest healthcare staffing firms in Southern California, is honoring California State University, Northridge’s impact on their company by partnering with the Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) program in CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development. Mediscan is now providing $1,000 scholarships to master’s students training to be speech-language pathologists (SLPs), an area in which Mediscan works extensively, staffing both school and clinical settings. Read more about Mediscan Scholarships.

$2.7 Million Pledge to CSUN Supports Middle-Income Student Scholarships
With a generous pledge of more than $2.7 million, the Sheila Gold Foundation established a transformative scholarship program at California State University, Northridge. Starting with 30 scholarships this academic year, the new Sheila Gold Foundation Scholarship program will eventually support up to 120 students per year each with $7,000 scholarships. The next deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 4, 2013. Read more about the Middle-Income Student Scholarships.

Photo of Flip WilsonStill Smiling: Flip Wilson’s Legacy Lives on Through Scholarship Program
Most people know Flip Wilson as a comedian, by way of his standup routines or popular 1970s variety show. But he has a legacy as a philanthropist, too. The Flip Wilson Scholarship Trust—created in 1999—provides full annual scholarships for communications students at five schools, including California State University, Northridge. Read more about the Flip Wilson Scholarship.

Photo of Scott WeissTwo Cinema and Television Arts Students Receive Scott M. Weiss Memorial Scholarships
An endowed scholarship is helping two students reach their dreams of working in the film industry. Alejandro Echevarria and Ryan Roope, students in California State University, Northridge’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts, each recently received a Scott M. Weiss Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 for this academic year. Read more about Scott M. Weiss Memorial Scholarships.

Horns from the CSUN Jazz A BandHerb Alpert Foundation Matching Grant Brings $100,000 to CSUN Jazz Program
Herb Alpert first made a name for himself in the 1960s as the leader of the beloved instrumental group Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Since the 1980s, the jazz musician has lent his name and devoted resources to a very personal endeavor, arts and arts education. Through the Herb Alpert Foundation, Alpert and his wife, fellow Grammy-winning musician Lani Hall, fund a range of initiatives centered around their favorite causes. Read more about the Herb Alpert Foundation.

CSUN students Kiyo Tsubakiyama (left) and Garen Dunn using a piece of workout equipment that is part of the ExerCircuit.The ExerCircuit: A Unique Fitness Course That’s Free for All
With the help of generous donations from Shlomi Golan ’91 (Electrical Engineering) and Kaiser Permanente, California State University, Northridge’s Department of Kinesiology created a new option for local residents and members of the CSUN community to incorporate a unique workout into their daily exercise routine. The “ExerCircuit” fitness parcourse, located at the corner of Lindley Avenue and Plummer Street, consists of 15 pieces of equipment positioned in a strategic circuit adjacent to a natural surface track. Read more about the Exercircuit Fitness Program.