Campus: Office of the Chancellor -- July 11, 2001

Six Outstanding CSU Students Awarded Hearst/CSU Trustees Scholarship

California State University will honor the six recipients of the 2001 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement July 11 at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting.

The recipients are:
Daniel Cacho, Sacramento, a graduate student at CSU Sacramento
Patricia Cotter, Corning, a junior at CSU Chico
Theresa Devins, Atwater, a junior at CSU Stanislaus
Jessica Flynn, Rialto, a senior at CSU San Bernardino
Terese Ann Howard, Cupertino, a graduate student at San Jose State University
Julie D.R.L. Meyer, Vallejo, a senior at Sonoma State University

The Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award provides a $3,000 scholarship for the 2001-02 academic year to students who demonstrate financial need and show superior academic performance, community service, and personal accomplishments.

This is the second year that the Hearst Scholarship Program has been combined with the CSU Board of Trustee's Outstanding Achievement Award, which was initially created in 1974 and was funded by the Evelyn D. Armer Memorial Scholarship Trust. When the funds were depleted, former CSU Trustee Ali Razi donated funds and raised additional money to continue the scholarship program.

Cacho is a student in the master of criminal justice program at CSU Sacramento. He was valedictorian at Sacramento City College and at Sacramento State, where he finished his undergraduate studies last fall. Cacho currently works at the Sac-MENTORING program where he advises high school youth and at the Learning Resource Center where his bilingual skills are used to tutor other students. As a son of immigrant parents who had little formal education, his parents' struggles with immigration and citizenship law have fueled his dual career goals of becoming a lawyer and a professor.

Cotter is a junior at Chico State where she is studying agriculture with a minor in women's studies. She has confronted many personal challenges on her path to higher education, including homelessness, widowhood, special needs children, and her own visual disability. Cotter continues to serve the community by working as a mentor with the 4-H, Future Farmers of America, and Boys and Girls Clubs. She is also a long-term employee of the Redwood Acres and the Humboldt County Fair.

Devins is a junior at CSU Stanislaus majoring in criminal justice-forensic science. She returned to school while raising three teenagers as a re-entry transfer student. In spite of her busy schedule, Devins maintains her status in the university's honor program and volunteers in community programs like the Make-a-Wish Foundation and A Women's Place. She plans to further her education either in graduate school or in medical school with the career goal of forensic pathologist.

Flynn is a senior chemistry major at Cal State San Bernardino. She is working toward her goal of becoming a physician by volunteering at a local health clinic that serves low-income families and at a hospital emergency room. She is first in her Native American family to attend college. Flynn has excelled in her major, winning the Freshman Chemistry Award. She also has earned a place in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program, an intensive graduate program designed to prepare students for doctoral programs upon graduation.

Howard is a San Jose State graduate student working toward a master's degree in social work science. She has maintained a solid academic record with a GPA of 3.85 while at the same time holding several jobs to finance her education and to help support her family. She also gives back to her community by working with students and families at a local high school, where she was named "Teacher of the Month," and at the YWCA.

Meyer is a senior liberal studies major at Sonoma State. She has struggled with poverty, and domestic violence. Her goal is to teach and mentor students from low-income families and multicultural backgrounds. On campus she is an active member of the Student California Teachers Association, which has strengthened her advocacy skills for children and the teaching profession. She is active in her local Philippine-American community and has worked to provide disaster relief and promote AIDS awareness in the Asian community.

The California State University is the largest four-year university system in the country. More than 41,500 faculty and staff teach and serve more than 370,000 students on 23 CSU campuses and six off-campus centers extending from Humboldt in the north and San Diego in the south. Annually, about half the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees awarded in California are from the CSU.


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