CSU Names Hearst/Trustees'Award Winners

(July 10, 2002) The California State University has selected six student winners of the 2002/03 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. The systemwide award provides $3,000 scholarships to students with financial need who demonstrate superior academic performance, community service, and personal accomplishments. The awards are funded by an endowment from the Hearst Foundation and individual contributions from the CSU Board of Trustees. The winners, who will be honored at the July 17th Board of Trustees meeting, include:
  • Dijana Fazlic, CSU Chico: Fazlic, a new U.S. citizen who left Bosnia a decade ago, is majoring in German and business administration. A single mother and childhood polio victim, she volunteers with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.

  • Julia D. Sutton, CSU Fullerton: A victim of violence who fell into drug abuse and homelessness, this single mother has since rebuilt her life. Sutton, a fine arts major, formed the campus Graphic Design Club and is a member of the Orange County Medi-Cal Advisory Committee.

  • Alfredo Ruben Gay, CSU Los Angeles: Gay, a rehabilitation services major, is legally blind as a result of an eye injury. He serves on the board of directors of the local chapter of the California Council of the Blind and assists visually impaired individuals in the community.

  • Sally J. Smith, CSU Northridge: A former drug addict who later sustained hearing loss and heart problems, Smith, a biology major, volunteers for Narcotics Anonymous and speaks to jailed women about sobriety.

  • Joseph Richard Mullin, San Francisco State: Mullin, a disabled student pursuing a master's degree in history, is a longtime volunteer for AIDS and health-related causes. He serves on the Medical Advisory Committee for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program of the statewide Office of AIDS.

  • Annette F. Gilbertson, San Jose State: Gilbertson, a master's degree student in social work, has battled substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. A single parent of a child with developmental disabilities, she is an active community volunteer.
The CSU Board of Trustees' Outstanding Achievement Award was initially created in 1974. When the funds were depleted, former CSU Trustee Ali Razi donated funds and raised additional money to continue the program. The Trustees' scholarship was combined with the Hearst Scholarship Program in 1999. For more information, see Scholarship Programs page.

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Last Updated: 31 July 2002

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