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CSU to Honor 2009-10 Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award Recipients


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CSU trustees to honor students' achievement and perseverance

(September 17, 2009) - The California State University has selected 23 students to receive the 2009/10 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The winners, one from each campus in the system, will be honored by the Trustees on Sept. 22 at the CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach, California.

The award is among the highest forms of recognition for student achievement in the CSU. Scholars demonstrate superior academic achievements, community service, financial need and the ability to overcome adversity. Many of the students have prevailed in the face of disability, language and cultural barriers, intense personal loss, substance abuse, homelessness, and abusive or absentee guardians.

"I take great pride in the fact that these extraordinary people have chosen to attend and excel at a CSU campus," said Ali C. Razi, CSU trustee emeritus. "It is a testament to their strength, and to the CSU mission, that these scholars will soon be our graduates."

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation originally established an endowed scholarship fund in 1984 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.

Scholarships of $3,000 are awarded to students who have demonstrated financial need, experienced personal hardships and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, exemplary community service, and significant personal achievements.

Ali C. Razi, trustee emeritus of the CSU Board of Trustees, later endowed a scholarship fund to recognize the top scoring Hearst/Trustees’ award recipients. This year, there are two Trustee Ali C. Razi Scholarships for $10,000.

In a like fashion, Murray L. Galinson, trustee emeritus and former chair of the CSU Board of Trustees, endowed a scholarship fund to recognize a Hearst Scholar who best exemplifies extraordinary public service to his or her home or university community. There are also two Trustee Murray L. Galinson Scholarships for $6,000.

As is true in most years, the level of public service among the candidates made choosing two stand-out students difficult. This year, the public service record of the scholars includes environmental advocacy, assistance for the homeless, international humanitarian aid, and work with communities of grieving parents.
Learn more about our scholars’ amazing stories of hardship and achievement.

Schedule Information:

WHAT: Presentation of the William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Awards for Outstanding Achievement

WHERE: Dumke Auditorium, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach CA

WHEN: September 22, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. 

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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.