Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

$3,000Award Amount
2Number of Awards
8/31/2022Submission Deadline

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The California State University Foundation was established in 1962 with a clearly defined mission of enhancing the educational excellence of the California State University in teaching, community service, learning, and applied research.

Every year, the foundation offers two available Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarships valued at $3000 per recipient to financially support students undertaking an undergraduate major or a graduate study in any business or economics-related field at an accredited institution in the United States.

The scholarship reflects Richard Leffingwell’s admiration for California State University’s commitment to providing better opportunities to nurture the future generation of students who intend to be active in non-profits or public service.

Key Information of Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Business
  • Economics

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

California State University

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship Timeline

August 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on August 1.

August 2022

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on August 31.

Scholarship Eligibility

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

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate – Postgraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 3
  • Geographic Eligibility: California
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

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

  • School Verification
  • Essay
  • Financial Information
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship


Maintain an outstanding academic record

You need to demonstrate outstanding intellect and be in good academic standing in your application and during the entire academic year. Achieving and maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or higher out of a 4.0 scale should suffice if you intend to be considered.


Draft a compelling personal statement

In a brief personal statement format, articulate and describe your goals and motivations for a career in public service or non-profit, your personal experience thus far in public service or non-profit activities, and how you envision your course of study and future career path, facilitating in the fruition of those goals within the non-profit or public service community.


Clearly demonstrate your career interest

Ensure that your statement contains components that concisely demonstrate your interest and career aspirations in the non-profit or public service field by highlighting personalized experiences and sentiments to buttress your belief that you are on the right career path.


Have your application proofread before submission

The scholarship is competitive, so you must ensure that your application is written preferably in English and doesn't get rejected because of careless typos, spelling, or grammatical mistakes. Take the time to proofread, preferably using Grammarly to review your application before submission.

How the Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship is Judged

Candidates are assessed based on the merit of a solid personal statement, demonstrable interest in a public service career, ability to demonstrate unmet financial need, and academic transcript indicating at least 2.75 out of 4.0-grade point average. A scholarship selection committee may require original documentation from nominated applicants before making the award decision.

Why We Love the Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship


Straightforward application process

To apply, send in via email attachment copies of your applicant information form and supporting documents, preferably as one pdf file, to your campus financial aid office — do not send physical files.


Exposure to positive publicity

The scholarship award recipients are liable to be exposed to favorable publicity. So, don’t be surprised to see parts of your biography or personal statement publicized for marketing purposes or used to conduct research related to future employment.


No entry or application fee

Be assured that you are not required to pay an entry or application fee to commence, complete and win the scholarship.

5 Facts About Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship


Education classification level

You must be a full-time equivalent upper-division undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at a California State University campus and maintain this full-time status throughout the scholarship period.


Candidates given preferential treatment

Candidates, who identify as military veterans and are otherwise equal to others in terms of qualifications, get preferential considerations.


Cancellation of scholarship

It is essential to note that the scholarship winner is liable to forfeiture of scholarship in an event involving student enrollment status change resulting in less than full-time enrolment for any term within the award year.


Repayment of scholarship funds

California State University Foundation has the right to request a repayment of scholarship funds already disbursed in a case where the scholarship recipient is unable to fulfill their academic commitment for any reason.


Demonstrate need for financial assistance

Demonstrate unmet financial needs by completing and filing a free application for federal student aid form or the California dream application.

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