Newswise — The California State University will honor 23 students, one from each campus, who have been selected to receive the 2019 Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. The students will be recognized during the first day of the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting to be held September 24 and 25 at the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

The CSU's highest recognition of student achievement, the awards provide donor-funded scholarships to students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. Students receiving the awards have all demonstrated inspirational resolve along the path to college success and many are the first in their families to attend college.

“These 23 student scholars wonderfully embody the ideals and values of the California State University," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “They have demonstrated brilliance, tenacity and extraordinary resolve in overcoming many obstacles in the pursuit of their academic goals. It is inspiring to consider the collective future impact they will have on their families, communities and the state of California."

More than 360 students have been honored with the Trustees' Award since the scholarship program was established in 1984 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to supplement the endowment with contributions from CSU Trustees, CSU Foundation Board of Governors, and private donors. Each student scholarship bears the name of a donor.

Ali C. Razi, a CSU Trustee Emeritus and CSU Foundation Board of Governor, endows a scholarship fund to recognize the top CSU Trustees' Award recipient annually. San Francisco State student Cheng Yu was named this year's Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $15,000 scholarship. 

The awardees will be recognized for their achievements during the Committee on Institutional Advancement portion of the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, September 24 at the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

Visit the CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement website for bios on all 23 scholars as well as donor information.​

The 2019 CSU Trustees' Scholars are:

  • Angel Avalos, Stanislaus State
    Santé Health System Scholar

  • Simran Bhalla, San José State
    Trustee Emerita Claudia H. Hampton Scholar/Trustee Emeritus William Hauck and Padget Kaiser Scholar

  • Laura Diaz, Cal Poly Pomona
    Trustee Peter J. And Coralyn A. Taylor Scholar​

  • Roberta Fox, Cal State San Bernardino
    William Randolph Hearst Scholar

  • Kenneth Perry Hooks, Jr., CSUN
    Ron and Mitzi Barhorst Scholar

  • Jeff Jaureguy, CSU San Marcos
    Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Scholar​

  • Dale Lendrum, Cal State Long Beach
    Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson Scholar

  •  Nathaniel Morgan, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
    Trustee Emeritus Kenneth Fong Scholar​

  • Hickry Nguyen, Cal State East Bay
    William Randolph Hearst Scholar

  •  Tanay Pattani, CSU Channel Islands
    William Randolph Hearst Scholar​

  • Tyler Perez, San Diego State
    Trustee Jack McGrory Scholar

  • Jennifer Phan, Fresno State
    Trustee Emeritus Peter Mehas Scholar

  • Samuel Rodriguez, Cal Maritime
    TELACU Scholar

  • Isidro Sesmas II, Cal State LA
    Chancellor Emeritus Charles B. and Catherine Reed Scholar​

  • Denisse Silva, CSU Bakersfield
    SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Scholar

  • Emeseb Tabor, Sacramento State
    Trustee Wenda Fong and Daniel Fetterly Scholar

  • Anthony Daniel Tercero, Sonoma State
    Wells Fargo Veteran Scholar

  • Cory Tondreau, Chico State
    William Randolph Hearst Scholar​

  • Selena Velasquez, CSU Monterey Bay
    William Randolph Hearst Scholar​

  • Juan Venegas, CSU Dominguez Hills ​
    Trustee Rebecca D. and James Eisen Scholar

  • Amy Vu, Cal State Fullerton
    Edison International Scholar​

  • Lauren Werner, Humboldt State
    Michael A. and Debe Lucki Scholar

  • ​​Cheng Yu, San Francisco State
    Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar

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