Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) Scholarship Program

CHIRLA"CHIRLA is thankful to
have been selected to
participate in CPI with American Jewish University. Through this initiative, we are investing in the long term viability of our organization and training our administrative team to be leaders in all aspects of their work."

--Angelica Salas, Executive Director, CHIRLA

" Partnering with AJU's MBA Program provided our employee with the skills necessary to perform critical operational analysis and develop clear pathways to building sustainability… key elements when transitioning from a grassroots organization to a more impactful community based agency."

-- Jan Robinson Flint, Executive Director,
Black Women for Wellness

Peace4kids"Nonprofit success is determined by the quality of its leadership. Partnering with AJU provided our Program Manager with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in her job, which has helped further our mission."

--Zaid Gale, Executive Director, Peace4kids

Preparing leaders for tomorrow



The Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) recruits and supports candidates seeking the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Nonprofit Management at American Jewish University (AJU). This unprecedented initiative allows for a genuine partnership which addresses our community’s urgent need to cultivate the future managers and leaders for our Greater Los Angeles nonprofit sector. Sponsoring organizations, students, and the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management share the tuition costs of each student.

The program is designed to attract “Rising Stars” within the broader Los Angeles community. These individuals are trained and prepared to assume leadership roles within their organizations and the larger nonprofit sector.

Launched in 2006, CPI provides generous scholarships supported by American Jewish University in collaboration with sponsoring nonprofit organizations.


Candidates are recommended and sponsored by the nonprofit agency where they are employed. To qualify, candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for leadership, initiative, and commitment to the academic rigor of graduate school. The agency must be willing to support the student by providing organizational and financial assistance while the student is pursuing his/her MBA degree.


CPI partners have included Little Tokyo Service Center, Black Women for Wellness, Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), New Visions Foundation, Our Saviour Center, Peace4Kids, and Beit T’Shuvah, amongst others.

Secure your future with the right leadership.

For more information or to recommend a candidate, email or call 310-440-1260.