Campus: CSU Fresno -- December 20, 2002
'Costa Scholars Program' Created at Fresno State
California State University, Fresno President John D. Welty announced
today (Dec. 19) the creation of the "Senator Jim Costa Scholars
Program" as part of the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute of Public Affairs
at the university.
The program will be supported by proceeds of more than $280,000 generated
by a testimonial dinner honoring Costa last August. Approximately 1,100
people, including California's top leaders in government and business,
gathered in Fresno to honor Costa, who left the senate after 24 years
of public service.
The proceeds represent the largest single gift to the Maddy Institute
since the initial $1 million state allocation in 1999 that created the
institute to honor Maddy. Maddy was a respected public servant who represented
the Valley in the state Senate for nearly three decades. He died in
Welty announced the new program at a press conference on the campus
attended by Senator Costa.
"The funds will be placed in an endowment to enable future generations
of Fresno State students to experience the excitement of the legislative
process through internships in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.,"
said Welty. "Senator Costa's vision is that this program will provide
leadership education and instill a commitment to public service for
our future leaders."
Like Maddy, Costa is an alumnus of Fresno State. Costa, who earned
a bachelor's degree in political science from Fresno State in 1974,
traces his interest in public service to an internship he served with
Congressman Bernie Sisk.
"That 10 weeks in Washington opened my eyes to new possibilities
and opened doors for me," Costa said. "We want to open doors
and make opportunities a reality for young students today with this
"We have an obligation to encourage and train future leaders from
this Valley," Costa said.
Dr. Ellen Gruenbaum, dean of the College of Social Sciences, said applications
should be ready in the spring and the first Costa Scholars named by
summer. She expects two or three students to be selected in 2003. As
the endowment grows, she said, it will allow for additional scholar-interns.
The Maddy Institute operates within the College of Social Sciences.
Daniel K. Whitehurst is the Kenneth L. Maddy Professor and director
of the institute.
In addition to designating the dinner proceeds for the new scholar-intern
program, Costa has selected Fresno State as the recipient of his political
The mission of the Maddy Institute is to elevate citizen participation
and government performance at all levels through leadership training
for public service.
Contact: Shirley Melikian Armbruste