Campus: CSU Long Beach -- June 26, 2002
California State University, Long Beach to Welcome
100 New President's Scholars to Campus this Fall
When the fall 2002 semester begins in September, Cal State Long Beach
will welcome 100 new high school valedictorians and National Merit scholars
to the fold as part of the university's prestigious President's Scholars
The incoming freshmen got a preview of their new academic home on Friday
and Saturday as CSULB President Robert C. Maxson hosted a welcoming
dinner and campus orientation for the students and members of their
The addition of this newest class brings the total number of CSULB President's
Scholars to about 350, and members of the Class of 2002 are coming from
every county in California.
Established by Maxson in 1995, the President's Scholars program was
created to bring valedictorians and National Merit scholars from California
high schools to the CSULB campus.
"This program was designed to attract the best and brightest high
school graduates in California and there is no question in our minds
that these students belong in that group," said Maxson. "The
Class of 2002 should be especially proud of their selection because
these students were chosen from an applicant pool of more than 400 of
the state's top graduating seniors."
As President's Scholars, each student receives a full, four-year scholarship
covering general student fees, an annual book allowance and paid housing
in the campus residence halls. In addition, scholars receive priority
registration, personal academic counseling and more.
The benefits for qualifying valedictorians and National Merit scholars
from accredited California high schools are made possible through the
support of the CSULB Alumni Association, the President's Associates
and the Academic Corporate Council.
With more than 33,000 students, Cal State Long Beach is the second-largest
campus in the 23-campus Cal State system, the largest public higher
education system in the nation. Maxson has made the pursuit of the state's
best and brightest high school graduates the centerpiece of the university's
efforts to make Cal State Long Beach a university of choice and help
the campus become one of the nation's leading urban universities.
For more information about the CSULB President's Scholars Program, contact
Valerie Bordeaux, director of University Outreach and School Relations,