Campus: CSU Channel Islands -- March 3, 2004

Student Scholarship Program Initiated at California State University Channel Islands

California State University Channel Islands announces its first annual scholarship program. The program will offer $1,000 scholarships to incoming freshman, returning, and transfer students, beginning in the fall 2004 semester.

The funding for the scholarships has been collected through the fundraising efforts of the CSUCI Foundation. Awards will be based on both financial need and merit, including extracurricular activities and leadership abilities. Applications will be reviewed by the University Scholarship Committee, a collection of CSUCI faculty, staff, and Foundation Board members, appointed by President Rush.

"These are exceptional students, many of whom have continued to pursue their educational goals in the face of significant economic and personal challenges," said Mark Lisagor, CSUCI Foundation Board Chair. "The Foundation Board is especially pleased to be able to support their efforts by providing these funds."

To apply for a scholarship, students will be asked to complete a scholarship application form, a personal essay, and submit two letters of recommendation. Scholarship awards will only be made to current students and to those who have completed the admission process at CSUCI and have completed the 2004-2005 Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in college or high school work to be eligible.

"We are very excited to be able to provide these scholarship opportunities to the students at CSUCI," comments Nick Pencoff, Director of Financial Aid. "The scholarship program has been made possible by many dedicated and generous members of the community who have devoted their time and resources to make this possible. The students will benefit greatly from their devotion to the University."

For more information, contact Nick Pencoff, Director of Financial Aid, at (805) 437-8530.

Media Contact: Peggy Hinz 805-437-8415

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