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(September 24, 2009) - The California State University honored 23 students, one from each campus in the system, with the 2009/10 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

These awards are 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. Despite these challenges, these scholars have each persevered and found success at a CSU campus.

"One day I found the courage to take my first step out of darkness–for myself and for my children," said Scarlett Aufman, award recipient and student at CSU Dominguez Hills.

In recognition of their achievements and perseverance, Hearst/Trustees' recipients each received a $3000 scholarship. Four students have been identified for additional distinction. This year, there are two students receiving Trustee Ali C. Razi Scholarships for $10,000. There are also two Trustee Murray L. Galinson Scholarships for $6,000.

Sony Electronics also provided each Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award recipient with a surprise scholarship at the event.  Sony’s scholarship program, which kicked off by awarding each Hearst/Trustees’ recipient with a bundle of Sony products, will recognize deserving students across the county in the coming year to help them continue to excel in their academic endeavors.

Sony Electronics provided each student recipient with a Sony VAIO notebook, Webbie high-definition camera with 16-gigabyte memory card and Walkman® MP3 player.

Students who lived out of the area, and could not drive to Long Beach, were flown in by Southwest Airlines on complimentary passes.


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The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 48,000 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.