Campus: San Diego State University -- January 31, 2005
SDSU Launches President's Diversity Scholarships
Program Offers Up To $14,000 Over Four Years To Low-Income Local Students
San Diego State University President Stephen L. Weber today announced an
unprecedented SDSU scholarship program which will give up to 10 local,
high-achieving, low-income high school seniors the financial support they need to
get a degree from San Diego State University beginning in fall 2005.
The new program, called the President's Diversity Scholarship, is open to any
eligible student regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation,
disability or national origin. It provides $3,500 annually for up to four years.
The scholarship recipients receive other benefits, including an academic adviser,
internship opportunities, fee waivers for student orientation activities, and an
annual meeting with SDSU President Stephen L. Weber.
"It's important to remove the financial barriers facing these local, high-achieving,
young students so they can attend our university and concentrate on building a
successful future," Weber said. "These scholarships are designed to help open the
doors for tomorrow's leaders today."
SDSU officials have been promoting the new scholarship program to school principals
and counselors in SDSU's service area since November. The application deadline
for the inaugural round of scholarships is Feb. 1. (Scholarship eligibility and
application information is available at www.sdsu.edu/diversityscholarship or by
calling (619) 594-1041.)
The President's Diversity and Equity Community Advisory Council created the idea
of the President's Diversity Scholarship. The council, organized in fall 2003,
consists of about two dozen community and business leaders who help SDSU develop
ideas for enhancing and supporting student diversity.
"It's important for our region's future to keep as many of our bright students in
San Diego as possible," said Robert McNeely, chairman and CEO of the Union Bank
of California Foundation. "More and more universities around the country are
offering scholarships or other assistance to attract high-achieving, low-income
students, and SDSU needs to be able to offer an incentive for these local high
achievers to attend SDSU."
Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer/Tax Collector, said, "This scholarship
program allows San Diego State to compete financially to keep some of these local,
outstanding young men and women here, where they are more likely to stay and
contribute to our community's prosperity throughout their career."
McAllister and McNeely, both members of the President's Council, also are co-chairs
of the inaugural SDSU Diversity Gala, which will take place at 6 p.m. February 24
at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina on Harbor Island Drive. The scholarships will be
funded by proceeds from the gala and other private giving from companies and
The gala also will feature the introduction of the first winners of the President's
Diversity Scholarships, as well as a presentation by Yolanda King, the first-born
daughter of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and now an
internationally renowned motivational speaker and actress.
"We already are receiving wonderful support for this program from corporate and
community leaders, as well as individual donors," said Cheryl Fisher, director
of SDSU's Office of Diversity and Equity. "Thanks to their involvement we're off
to a strong start."
Contact: Jason Foster, firstname.lastname@example.org, (619) 594-2585