CSU Dominguez Hills
Recipient, William Randolph CSU Trustees' Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Tamanika Ferguson is the first in her family to obtain academic and personal success. Born and raised in Harbor City, Calif., a community where gangs and fast money were a way of life, she dropped out of school, began to live a self-destructive life, and became a mother at a young age. At 25, she decided to make a change and enrolled back into school. Currently, she is a student at California State University, Dominguez Hills, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Africana studies and public administration. Tamanika's experiences as a student have been rewarding; she actively participates on campus and has received numerous leadership and academic awards. Tamanika's long-term goals are to pursue a master's degree in social work at the University of California, Los Angeles and establish a nonprofit organization. In addition to attending school full time, she has the responsibility of raising her 13-year-old daughter and providing her with a better quality of life.