CSU Office of the Chancellor -- July 19, 2000

CSU Trustees Recognize Five Outstanding Students

Five recipients of the 2000 Hearst/California State University Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement were honored at the July 19 CSU Trustees meeting. The recipients are:

  • Lisa Briscoe, Norwalk, a senior at CSU Fullerton
  • Mimi Black, Arcata, a senior at Humboldt State University
  • Lawrence Johnson, a graduate student at CSU Northridge
  • Kari Lane, Davis, a graduate student at CSU Sacramento
  • William Vine, Los Angeles, a senior at CSU Los Angeles

The award provides scholarships to CSU students who demonstrate financial need and show superior academic performance, community service, and personal accomplishments. It was created in 1974 and was initially funded by the Evelyn D. Armer Memorial Scholarship Trust. However, in 1997, that fund was depleted, and a special fund was created to continue the awards through donations initiated by CSU Trustee Ali Razi.

"This award gives us an important opportunity to honor those students who represent the best of the CSU. The students who we are honoring have overcome incredible odds to get where they are today," said Razi. "They have chosen education as a means to better their lives, and each of them has found the time and energy to give back to the community. I am honored that they have chosen the CSU, and that the CSU has been able to open more doors of opportunity for them."

This year marks the first implementation of the merger of the Hearst Scholarship Program with the CSU Board of Trustees' Outstanding Achievement Award, which hincreased the scholarship endowment by $200,000, raising it to a total of $300,000.

Briscoe, a single mother of three, is majoring in business administration and plans to become a financial planner and possibly a community college teacher. A survivor of domestic violence, Briscoe lived in a shelter for two years while attending school full time. She is a participant in the Welfare-to-Work Program and serves as a speaker and presenter for promoting community awareness of domestic violence issues.

Black, a cellular and molecular biology major, hopes to be a physician. With her youth plagued by violent parents who used drugs, Black spent two years on the streets in her quest to gain her G.E.D. and enroll in college. Active in the community, Black is a child advocate, has volunteered at a food bank and at various science workshops for children. Black is also active on campus, where she is the president of the Pre-Medical Association, and founder of the Emergency Medical Technicians Association.

A native of Korea, Lane came to America at age seven as an orphan. Today, she is working on her master's degree in counseling and would like to one day become a counselor for abused children and children in foster care. While attending the University of Guam, Lane served as an Upward Bound tutor and assisted at the Air Force Base family support center. She has also performed other acts of community service such as crisis counseling and volunteer tutoring.

Johnson plans to work in the field of college or rehabilitation counseling. In a wheelchair following an accident, and now a grandfather, he is currently the associated student president at CSU Channel Islands where he has worked to increase the budget, create a childcare voucher program for students, and forge a partnership with the YMCA to promote fitness on campus. He works in the community as an intervention specialist, helping at-risk youth in the area of substance abuse and gangs.

Vine is pursuing a degree in child development and an intercultural proficiency certificate. At age 14 he dropped out of high school and took on a series of manual labor jobs to help feed his siblings. After overcoming an accident that landed him in a wheelchair for several years, Vine decided to get his G.E.D. and enroll in college. Vine is an active community volunteer, working on neighborhood clean-up campaigns and serving as the docent for the UCLA Ocean Discovery Center.

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