Campus: CSU Hayward -- March 27, 2002
Hall of Famer Joe Morgan awards scholarships to Cal
State Hayward kinesiology students
Baseball Hall of Famer and California State University, Hayward alumnus
Joe Morgan made his annual visit to the university and met on March
20 with five recipients of scholarships from the fund that Morgan established
to help kinesiology students in the mid-1980s.
Morgan, 58, also gave the university's educational foundation a check
for $15,000 to add to that fund, which stands at $165,000.
The current ESPN broadcaster and Oakland native told the students-among
seven who will receive about $1,000 in financial assistance-that "education
is about the most important thing an individual can do."
He admitted that receiving his college degree from CSUH during 1990
graduation ceremonies might have been more important to him than being
inducted into baseball's "Hall of Fame" because he promised
his mother that he would earn his degree after his playing career. The
two-time National League "Most Valuable Player" with the Cincinnati
Reds said his parents were emotional when he received that degree at
the age of 46.
The scholarship recipients who met with Morgan were Heather Demarest
of Alameda; Michael Fuller of Oakland; Denise Hall of Stockton; Makia
White of Richmond; and Renee "Gigi" Miranda of Chestnut Hill,
MA. Two others-Robert Schmidt and Cynthia Walton of Hayward-had other
commitments and could not attend.