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Students Triumph Over Incredible Hardships to Become CSU Top Scholars




CSU honors achievements of 23 students with Trustees’ Award Scholarships

The California State University has selected 23 students who have demonstrated superior academic and personal achievement to receive the 2015 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The CSU Trustees’ Awards are the highest recognition of student achievement and provide scholarships of $6,000 to $12,000 to CSU students who are in financial need, experienced personal hardship and exhibit exemplary scholastic performance and community service.

The CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Foundation Board of Governors, faculty, students and staff will publicly recognize the scholars — one from each of the CSU campuses — during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting on September 8.

“These trustees’ scholars are leaders on their campus, in the community and among their peers,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Their stories of drive, commitment and perseverance – often overcoming great odds – serve as testaments to the indomitable spirit of CSU students.”

Without the CSU and scholarship programs such as the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, many of these students would not have the opportunity to attend college and achieve their dreams. Since the program’s creation in 1984, nearly 320 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 support the program.

Among the donors is CSU Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi who endows a scholarship fund to recognize the top scoring CSU Trustees’ award recipient annually. Christine Gonzalez, who is a first-generation college student and a gender equality advocate, was named the 2015 Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship.

This year’s CSU Trustees’ Award program welcomes four new named scholarships, including the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, James Key, Michael and Debe Lucki, and Peter and Coralyn Taylor.

The 2015 named awards also include Cisco, Claudia H. Hampton, CSU Foundation Board of Governors’ (sponsored by Ronald R. and Mitzi Barhost), Kenneth Fong, Murray L. Galinson, Rebecca D. Eisen, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, TELACU, Wells Fargo, William Hauck and Charles B. Reed. Additionally, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation will honor six outstanding scholars each with a $6,000 scholarship. This year’s total sum of $147,500 in scholarships is the highest amount ever in the history of the Trustees’ Award 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 23 scholars as well as donor information, visit CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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