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24 Outstanding Students Named CSU Top Scholars


Trustees’ Award scholarships honor students’ success in the face of adversity

 CSU Top Scholars

The California State University has selected 24 students to receive the 2016 CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. The CSU's highest recognition of student achievement, the awards provide scholarships of $6,000 to $12,000 to CSU students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need.

The CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Foundation Board of Governors, faculty, students and staff will publicly recognize the scholars during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting on September 20. The scholars include one student from each of the CSU's 23 campuses, along with the top-scoring CSU-wide scholar.

"The accomplishments of these determined, bright and compassionate students are remarkable," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. "These scholarships will help them go on to accomplish even greater things for their campuses, communities and California's future."

Without the CSU and scholarship programs like the Trustees' Award, many of these students would not have the opportunity to attend college. Since the program's creation in 1984, more than 340 CSU students have been honored with this award.

The program was originally established by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation as an endowed scholarship fund to honor William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst newspaper chain. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to supplement the endowment with contributions from CSU Trustees and private donors. Today, more than 120 donors have supported the program.

One of the donors, CSU Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi, endows a scholarship fund in his name to recognize the top scoring CSU Trustees' Award recipient annually. CSU San Bernardino mathematics student Kathryn Grizzle was named this year's Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship.

This year's Trustees' Award program welcomes six new named scholarships, including the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Trustee Emeritus Ralph R. and Eva Pesqueira, Santé Health Systems and Advantek Benefit Administrators, Trustee Emeritus Lou Monville, Trustee Emerita Margaret Fortune, and Mona C. Simpson and Thomas Curtin.

The 2016 named awards also include Cisco Systems Inc., Trustee Emerita Claudia H. Hampton, Ronald R. and Mitzi Barhorst, Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson, Trustee Board Chair Rebecca D. and James Eisen, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, TELACU, Wells Fargo, Trustee Emeritus William Hauck and Padget Kaiser, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Michael A. and Debe Lucki, Trustee Peter and Coralyn Taylor, Chancellor Emeritus Charles B. and Catherine Reed, and Trustee Emeritus Peter Mehas.

Additionally, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation will honor two outstanding scholars each with a $6,000 scholarship. This year's total sum of $155,000 in scholarships is the highest amount in the history of the program.

The CSU Board of Trustees meeting will be held at the CSU Chancellor's Office, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802. For bios on all 24 scholars as well as donor information, visit CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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