The Dr. Ali C. Razi Scholar
Recognition for the Top-Scoring Recipient of the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
In April 2006, Dr. Ali C. Razi, Trustee Emeritus of the CSU Board of Trustees, endowed a scholarship fund to recognize the top-scoring recipient of the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The California State University Foundation Board of Governors honored his commitment to students by naming this outstanding individual as the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar.
Son of an educator, Dr. Razi earned his bachelor’s degree from Kings College at the University of London in 1963 and a master’s degree in business administration from Tehran University in 1967. Dr. Razi is the president of The Stratham Group, a real estate investment and development firm based in Irvine, California, where he has worked since 1984. He is a respected leader in the Iranian-American community, vice chairman of The Midnight Mission committed to helping the homeless in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, and chairman of the Farhang Foundation, a cultural organization committed to celebrating and sharing Iranian art and culture with the community at large. He was elected Builder of the Year by the Building Industry Association of Southern California in 2006. In 2011, he was one of the recipients of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO ).
Dr. Razi is a passionate supporter of the California State University and the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. In 2002, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from California State University, San Bernardino for his contributions to higher education. Dr. Razi served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the California State University from 1996-2001.
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed has credited Dr. Razi with keeping the Trustee Scholarship program in operation. When funding for this program was in doubt, Dr. Razi “stepped up to the plate” and inspired others to do the same. Dr. Razi continues to serve the university as chair of the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award Selection Committee and as a member of the California State University Foundation Board of Governors.
The CSU is grateful to Dr. Razi for creating this endowment. It is an exemplary tribute to the transformative power of a CSU education. One exceptionally talented and dedicated student will receive the Razi scholarship this year, which is distributed due to the personal generosity of Dr. Razi. The student will receive $10,000 as a Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar.