Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship

$2,500Award Amount
1Number of Awards
8/31/2022Submission Deadline

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Created in honor of Jim Sanders, the Jim Sanders Media and Leadership scholarship aims to support the leaders of today and tomorrow among the California State University student population, who have an interest in journalism, media, or communication.

The scholarship is open to students of California State University who hold a student status during the scholarship period and are interested in pursuing a career in news media. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering, graphics design, production, etc. within the news media industry are also eligible to apply.

Applicants are required to submit an application information form, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a completed application checklist through the campus’ Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to the CSU Foundation.

Key Information of Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Audiology
  • Journalism
  • Photojournalism

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

California State University

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship Timeline

August 2022

Applications Opening Date

Applications open on August 1.

August 2022

Applications Deadline

The submission deadline is on August 31.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 4
  • Geographic Eligibility: California
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship


Review before submission

Ensure that all required documents are completed and verified before mailing them to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.


Show demonstrable interest

Your personal essay should thoroughly present your reasons behind your interest in a career in journalism, media, or communications and how you consider yourself a leader. Do well to keep your essay brief.


Get stellar recommendations

The application process requires at least one letter of recommendation from someone who taught you. Reach out to who you would like to write your recommendation letters early and have them focus on your career interest.


Become a leader

The scholarship seeks to not just support students interested in a career in news media, but also lead. Before applying, get involved in activities or organizations that would allow you to lead, take risks, be creative, have a sense of humor, and challenge the status quo.

How the Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship is Judged

The scholarship involves a nomination process where the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships forward application packets to the CSU Foundation. The foundation judges applicants based on their interest in pursuing a career in journalism, media, or communication and the leadership qualities they possess.

Why We Love the Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship


Promotes journalism

Students who are studying journalism, media, or communication-related degrees are encouraged to apply. Increasing the pool of trained and educated people working towards a sustainable future is always a plus.


Considers financial need

Financial constraints often prevent people from getting a news media career. Financial aid is one of the factors for selection.


Application process is easy

The application process involves filling out a form and submitting a brief essay for you to be considered.

5 Facts About the Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship


Named after Jim Sanders

Jim Sanders served as news director at television stations in San Diego, San Francisco, and Ohio.


CSU Systemwide Scholarships

The CSU Systemwide Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to students across the CSU through over 10 different scholarship awards, of which the Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship is a part.


CSU Foundation

Founded in 1962, the CSU Foundation's mission is to enhance the educational excellence of California State University in teaching, learning, community service, and applied research.


Nominees are eligible for other awards

The CSU currently offers five endowments to students who were not selected as the CSU Trustees’ Award nominees but met one of the endowment requirements.


Submit in PDF format

Applications are required to be submitted in one PDF document and sent by email. Applicants may be rejected if applications are sent in any other formats.

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